Does your pet constantly lick, bite, scratch or shake its head?
Is there hair loss, scabs, or dandruff on your dog or cat?
Do you notice a change in the co
lor or texture of skin or coat?
Is there a bad smell on your pet's fur or ears?
A veterinarian who specializes in veterinary dermatology has experience in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the skin, ears, hair, nails, hooves and muzzle of animals.
Specifically, those who are dedicated to veterinary dermatology have significant training and experience in the management of allergic skin diseases. At Mr. Can we have specialists in veterinary dermatology highly trained to give your pet the most accurate diagnosis.
However, how do you know that you have to take your pet to a dermatologist?
Like people, pets can be overly sensitive to certain irritants that cause them distress. Additionally, certain breeds are associated with skin conditions that cause discomfort to both the pet and the owner. Specialist in veterinary dermatology they are exposed to a wider range of these conditions on a daily basis and have learned how to identify the subtle differences between each condition. Animal dermatology can help provide relief for the pet and answers for the owner.
How do I know when to consult an expert in veterinary dermatology?
Your pet can see a dermatologist at any time. If you are concerned about your pet's quality of life, or if a condition or disease does not respond to general treatment, it is time to see a dermatologist. Here are some signs for your pet to be examined by a dermatologist:
- Hair loss (Alopecia)
- Redness of the skin (erythema)
- Recurrent infections
Veterinary dermatologists are veterinarians with advanced training in treating animal skin diseases. Common duties for a dermatologist include evaluating an animal prior to treatment, performing diagnostic tests, performing surgeries, operating specialized equipment, documenting detailed cases for medical records, and supervising veterinary technicians or other support personnel.
A critical skill for professionals in this field is the ability to perform diagnostic procedures such as skin exams, biopsies, skin scrapes, and cultures. By interpreting the results of these tests, a veterinary dermatologist can make a diagnosis and recommend a course of treatment to solve problems such as hair loss, parasitic infections, emerging cancers, and a variety of other related skin, nail, and ear disorders.
Veterinary dermatologists in clinical practice may specialize in working with a particular species, although it is more common for a dermatologist to see a broader category of patients (i.e. small animals, large animals, exotic animals).
Like other veterinary specialties, job responsibilities vary depending on the individual species they are working for. At Mr. Can our veterinary dermatologists have the following responsibilities:
- Evaluation of animals before treatment and diagnosis of a medical condition.
- Performing diagnostic laboratory examinations and tests.
- Operate specialized equipment.
Documentation of medical records.