Veterinary dermatology is a specialty that diagnoses and treats disorders of the skin, hair, ears and claws. Multiple diseases can result in dermatological lesions, including parasitic infestations, allergies, hormonal imbalances and autoimmune diseases.
Dr. Aurore Laprais
Veterinary Dermatology Service
Different diagnostic procedures are offered:
- Intradermal allergy testing
- Skin biopsies under local or general anesthesia
- Skin and ear cytology
- Skin scrapings
- Bacterial and fungal cultures
- Video-otoscopic ear examination
- Deep ear irrigation under general anesthesia (this procedure may be coupled with a CT scan of the middle and inner ear)
When should I take my pet to a veterinary dermatologist?
If you notice one or more of the following symptoms on your dog or cat, a veterinary dermatologist can help:
- Your animal is itchy; they scratch, bite, chew, or lick themselves excessively.
- You notice excessive hair loss.
- You can see abnormalities on the skin: crusts, scabs, dandruff, or changes in colour or texture.
- Your animal is scratching their ears, or you note abnormal smells or secretions.
Although skin diseases are rarely life threatening, they have a profound effect on the overall quality of life.
Our veterinary dermatology team can provide relief.
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