Specialties Dermatology

Pet Dermatology

Just as it is in humans, your pet’s largest organ is their skin. If your pet has chronic ear infections or spends a lot of time licking, chewing, itching, or scratching, it may be a sign that an underlying health issue is causing their behavior. Your family veterinarian may refer you to a veterinary dermatologist who’s spent years training specifically in the diagnosis and treatment of all diseases of the skin and coat, including the nose, ears, nails, and footbeds.

Why Choose MedVet Dermatology

Our dermatology team, many of whom are board-certified, is dedicated to finding the cause of your pet’s skin or ear issues – not just treating the clinical signs. Many of our patients have some form of allergic skin disease, often caused by pollens, molds, human and pet dander, dust mites, food, and fleas. We partner with your family veterinarian to develop an individualized treatment plan to optimize your pet’s quality of life.  

In our state-of-the-art facilities, your pet receives the most advanced therapies and procedures from a team consistently at the forefront of dermatology care, research, and technology. This experience and expertise make us a preferred partner for many family veterinarians.  

  • Alopecia (hair loss)
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Atypical mycobacterial infections
  • Autoimmune skin disease
  • Bacterial, fungal, or viral infections
  • Chronic itching
  • Ear infections
  • Endocrine (hormone) conditions, including hypothyroidism, hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing’s Disease), and adrenal sex hormone alopecias
  • Feline miliary dermatitis
  • Food allergy
  • Footpad abnormalities
  • Hereditary problems
  • Hormonal issues
  • Inflammatory skin problems in cats (EGC)
  • Keratinization defects
  • Nail and nailbed diseases
  • Parasitic conditions including fleas, Demodex, Sarcoptes, and Cheyletiella
  • Skin cancer
  • Skin infections
  • Yeast infections

What to Expect During a Dermatology Consultation

When you schedule your appointment, our team will share information about pre-registering for your visit and how to prepare, which may include making sure your pet has not eaten (if fasting is required) or bringing a list of their medications or foods. 

During your pet’s consultation, our veterinary dermatology team will review your pet’s medical records from your family veterinarian and discuss your pet’s lifestyle and health history with you. 

Your pet may need advanced testing, such as skin cytology (impression of your pet’s lesion reviewed under a microscope), ear swab, allergy testing, or skin biopsies. We will discuss your pet’s diagnosis and treatment plan with you and answer any questions you may have. Our team partners with your family veterinarian to provide the best treatment options for your pet. 

Dermatology Services 

  • Allergen-specific immunotherapy
  • Bacterial and fungal cultures
  • Cytology
  • Deep ear flush (middle ear cleaning with video-otoscopy)
  • Endocrine (hormone) function and stimulation testing
  • Food trial plans
  • Fungal disease testing
  • Intradermal allergy testing
  • Laser (CO2 and low level)
  • Serum allergy testing
  • Skin biopsies
  • Skin scraping
  • Tissue culture

Not all services are available in every hospital. Contact your local MedVet for services for that location.