Why Dogs Need a Veterinary Dermatologist

Why Dogs Need a Veterinary Dermatologist

If your dog is suffering from a skin condition, your vet will most likely refer you to a skin specialist, also known as a veterinary dermatologist.

Veterinary dermatologists have the knowledge and experience to formulate a specific diagnosis and treatment plan for your pet. They know how to distinguish between different skin conditions that have similar symptoms and they will recommend medications that can improve your pet’s quality of life.  

Why Should You Take your Pet to a Veterinary Dermatologist?

Itching is common in all pets, but if the itching occurs along with skin flaking, redness or bleeding, you must take your pet to the vet. Your dog may have developed a skin condition or an allergy. A veterinary dermatologist will perform a few tests to determine the exact cause of the allergy. Once you know what’s causing the allergic reaction, you will have to eliminate that particular irritant from your pet’s environment. It will help your dog to recover faster and improve their overall well-being.

Veterinary dermatologists perform blood tests and administer intradermal injections to find out what’s triggering an allergic reaction. Once we discover the irritant, we will prescribe specific desensitising medications for your pet.

Specialist Dermatologist for Your Pets

At Eastside Veterinary Emergency & Specialists, we have an experienced and qualified veterinary dermatologist on our team. Dr Dani Hoolahan is an expert in treating pet skin and ear conditions. She performs intradermal tests and blood tests to find out what your dog is allergic to and she uses a video otoscope to check your pet’s ears for infections.

If you’re having trouble keeping your dog’s allergies under control, get in touch with our team of professionals.

Helping Your Pet Cope with Skin Conditions 

Although corticosteroids will reduce inflammation, they’re only a temporary cure. You have to work with a veterinary dermatologist to find out what’s triggering an allergic response. Trial and error testing may help you identify allergens that are affecting your pet.

If the condition is food related, you will have to switch to a new diet to remove the hypersensitivity. If the pet is allergic to dust mites, smoke, chemicals, plants, or fertilisers, remove the known irritants from your environment to help your pet live comfortably.

If you neglect your dog’s allergies, the symptoms will only worsen over time, leading to loss of fur and skin lesions. Schedule an appointment today and help your friend to live a happier life.