Dermatology

One of the most common reasons for visiting the veterinarian, skin disorders can make pets uncomfortable, even painful, interfering with their quality of life. Sometimes complex and recurring, many skin conditions can benefit from advanced care provided by our highly skilled board-certified veterinary dermatologist, who will diagnose and treat your pet with the most sophisticated and effective methods available.

Achieving board certification in dermatology requires four years of veterinary college, an internship and residency, extensive exams, research, and having those research results published in academic journals. Board certification is designated as Dipl ACVD, which is an acronym for: Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatologist. There are currently only a few hundred board-certified veterinary dermatologists in the U.S.

Beyond treating the symptoms that cause discomfort, our dermatologist will work to find the cause of your pet’s skin problem. Warning signs include licking, scratching, biting and chewing, which can cause skin irritation, scabs and hair loss. If left untreated, some pets can develop skin and ear infections as a result.

Our dermatology team, under the direction of Dr. Lauren Pinchbeck, has specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of skin, hair, ear and nail disorders. We can evaluate patients for parasites and allergies as well as hormonal and immune-mediated skin diseases. Specialized diagnostic procedures we perform include microscopic examination of the skin and hair, allergy testing, and video-otoscopic (ear) examinations. Skin biopsies can be performed and we can interpret the results with speed and accuracy. We can manage chronic skin and ear diseases with an emphasis on preventive medicine, early diagnosis and long-term control.

By partnering with the Northeast Veterinary Dermatology Specialists, we treat the following skin conditions and diseases:

  • Allergies
  • Ear Disease
  • Hair loss
  • Footpad abnormalities
  • Autoimmune skin disease
  • Bacterial, fungal or viral infections
  • Nail diseases
  • Endocrine (hormone) conditions, including hypothyroidism, hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing’s Disease) and adrenal sex hormone alopecias
  • Parasitic conditions
  • Skin cancer

The diagnostic and treatment options we offer to manage skin disorders include:

  • Bacterial and fungal cultures
  • Cytology
  • Deep ear flush (middle ear cleaning with video-otoscopy)
  • Endocrine (Hormone) function and stimulation testing
  • Fluoroscein-guided intradermal allergy testing
  • Serum allergy testing
  • Skin biopsies

When your pet is under the care of our dermatology service, we will stay in close contact with your family veterinarian to help ensure your pet’s long-term health.

For more information about veterinary dermatology, visit American College of Veterinary Dermatology.