Treatment and medicine for your pet’s skin, nails and fur
Your pet may be referred to our dermatology service to investigate and manage a number of skin-related issues including:
- Allergic dermatitis
- Chronic ear disease (including otitis media)
- Polyp management
- Resistant bacterial infections
- Autoimmune and immune-mediated diseases
- Claw disease
- Keratinisation disorders
- Alopecia (hair loss)
- Endocrinopathies (hormonal abnormalities)
- Neoplastic and paraneoplastic skin diseases
If your pet is a Dermatology patient it’s important to remember that the skin may not be the only organ affected by the disease. That’s why other disciplines, such as internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, soft tissue or neurology, may be consulted. This mutual investigatory and management plan achieves the best outcome for the patient.
As primary skin and ear diseases are easily accessible, our team are able to fully examine the skin and take surface samples on the day of your pet’s appointment. In many cases a probable diagnosis can be formulated within the consultation which means you and your pet may be able to leave the hospital on the same day, too.
As most skin conditions are of a chronic nature, re-examinations are common. These are usually performed on an outpatient basis, so your pet might be admitted to the hospital for the day, undergo the procedure and leave the hospital later that day. Such specific investigations might include:
- Advanced diagnostic imaging of the external ear canal and middle ears (CT, MRI scan)
- Ear lavage including video-otoscopy
- Myringotomy, investigating middle ear disease including sampling
- Skin allergy tests (intradermal testing)
- Skin biopsies
We are available to your referring vet to discuss cases via phone or email but are unfortunately unable to provide advice direct to owners prior to a first appointment.
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