At Animal Specialty Center's Dermatology and Allergy Service, we understand the importance of long term relief for pets with chronic or relapsing skin and ear conditions, and just how uncomfortable and even painful these conditions can be for our pets. Through careful and thorough assessment, diagnosis and treatment, our ASC Dermatology and Allergy Service can make a real difference in your pet's comfort, well-being and happiness. We will develop a treatment protocol that addresses the skin or ear problems afflicting your pet and preventing him or her from enjoying life to the fullest.
What is a board-certified veterinary dermatologist?
A veterinary dermatologist is a veterinarian who has expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of animals with disorders of the skin, ears, claws, and hair coat. In veterinary medicine, a dermatologist is also the specialist for the diagnosis and management of allergies. Training involves completing four years of veterinary school, followed by a one-year internship, and a two-three year residency in veterinary dermatology. In the United States, there are currently fewer than 300 board certified veterinary dermatologists that are Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology.
Why does my pet need a board certified dermatologist?
Skin and ear problems are the most common reason why people seek veterinary care for their pets. Animals are susceptible to many types of skin disorders with very similar symptoms that may be complicated to diagnose and treat. Veterinary dermatologists perform specialized diagnostic procedures and can offer tailored treatment protocols for each individual. An accurate diagnosis, combined with determining the underlying cause of recurrent skin and ear conditions, is essential for effective long-term management.
Animal Specialty Center's Dermatology and Allergy Service specialist can provide care for all of the following conditions:
- Itchy skin (rubbing, licking, chewing, or scratching)
- 'Hot spots'
- Hair loss
- Excessive skin dander, greasiness, dryness, crusting, or odor
- Chronic ear infections
- Allergies (food, airborne, and flea)
- Bacterial and fungal/yeast skin infections
- Drug resistant skin infections
- Ectoparasitic diseases (fleas, ticks, mites, and lice)
- Anal sac and claw diseases
- Pododermatitis (foot disease)
- Hormonal (such as low thyroid) and metabolic skin diseases
- Autoimmune and immune-mediated skin diseases
- Congenital/genetic skin diseases
- Certain types of skin tumors and cancer
Diagnostic Tests Available:
- Skin and ear cytology
- Acetate tape preparations
- Skin scrapings
- Trichography and in-house fungal culture
- Aerobic, anaerobic, mycobacterial, and fungal cultures
- Blood work (thyroid, sex hormone panels, etc.)
- Intradermal skin and blood allergy testing
- Cutaneous biopsies and dermatopathology
- Video otoscopy with digital image capture
- Imaging (CT, MRI, radiography, ultrasonography)
- Otoscopic ear flush and myringotomy
- Cutaneous biopsies and dermatopathology
- Intradermal skin testing and allergen specific immunotherapy
- Long-term planning for medical management of allergies and drug resistant infections
Digital photography to monitor disease
Preparation for your Appointment
We have a team approach and will keep your primary veterinarian involved in all diagnostic and therapeutic decisions pertaining to your pet's condition.
Please note that a consultation is necessary prior to any procedure (i.e. intradermal skin testing, etc.) so that your pet may be thoroughly evaluated.
Please remember the following for your appointment with our ASC Dermatology and Allergy service:
- We are primarily an outpatient service and perform many diagnostic tests during your visit, therefore an appointment may be longer than what you are accustomed to with your regular veterinarian. Please expect to spend 2 hours at the hospital with your pet.
- Please do not bathe or apply medications to the skin or ears for at least 5 days prior to your appointment. Most oral (by mouth) medications may be continued. If you have any questions, please contact the dermatology service nurse.
- If you are being referred for a specific procedure, such as an intradermal skin test or skin biopsy, please do not feed your pet after midnight the day before the appointment. Water is fine.
To help us ensure a thorough assessment of your pet, kindly bring with you:
- The completed ASC Dermatology and Allergy Service New Patient Form (click on hyperlink or see below in document library) providing your pet's history. (Please note that the online PDF new patient form is interactive and can be completed electronically by typing directly into the form or you may print it and manually write your entries). Prior to your appointment, so that we have time to review your pet's history, it is appreciated if you email the completed form to 814.Dermatology@VCAHospitals.com or fax it to our Dermatology and Allergy Service at fax # 914-457-4001. If you have not submitted your completed questionnaire prior to your pet's appointment, please be sure to arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time to allow enough time to do so.
- Bottles of all medications including pills, creams, lotions and shampoos (prescribed and over the counter products) that your pet is receiving or has recently received.
Our Animal Specialty Center's Dermatology and Allergy Service staff is looking forward to partnering with you in the care of your pet. As pet lovers ourselves, we know that your pet is an important member of your family. Our service offers expertise and compassion in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating you pet and helping to provide him or her with relief from skin or ear disease. For further information, please call us at 914-457-4000.
ASC Dermatology and Allergy Service Document Library
- ASC Dermatology and Allergy Service Information for New Clients
- ASC Dermatology and Allergy Service New Patient Form