Dermatology (Skin)

Dermatological (skin) problems are commonly seen in both dogs and cats. Clinical signs of skin issues may be pruritus (itching), hair loss, or scabs, scales or excessive flaking of the skin. The cause of skin disease varies, and may be indicative of a more systemic problem. Ectoparasites (such as fleas or mange), infections (from bacteria or fungus), allergies, or endocrine (such as thyroid or adrenal) causes are among some of the most common.

Although occasionally a skin problem may be identified simply by an examination by a veterinarian, many skin diseases or problems require additional steps and diagnostic tests to obtain a diagnosis. We are able to offer a complete range of dermatological testing including:

  • skin scraping with microscopic evaluation
  • bacterial or fungal culture of skin swabs or cells
  • biopsy with histopathology
  • intradermal and serum allergy testing
  • bloodwork to evaluate endocrine systems such as thyroid and adrenal function
  • urinalysis and fecal testing