William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital

Clinical Activities & Procedures

The skin can develop many diseases or may develop changes secondary to internal illness. The Dermatology Service deals with common and unusual skin problems in cats, dogs, horses and other animals.

Among the conditions we diagnose and manage are:
Allergies that affect the skin. These include allergic reactions to external parasites, food and reactions to pollens and molds in the environment
Identifying causes of hair loss
External parasites
Yeast and bacterial infections
Unusual skin infections: mycobacterial, fungal and viral skin diseases
Ear infections
Skin cancers
Auto-immune skin diseases
Cutaneous drug reactions
Inherited skin diseases

Diagnostic tools:
Sampling from the skin for cytology to look for the presence of bacteria or yeast
Sampling from the skin for culture of organisms
Skin testing for pollen and mold allergies to customize allergy shots
Serum allergy testing for pollen and mold allergies to customize allergy shots
Food elimination diet trials for possible food allergies
Obtaining skin biopsy samples for analysis by a pathologist
Video otoscopy or CT scans for evaluation of ear infections
Blood tests to evaluate overall health

Treatment options depend on the disease diagnosed and each animal's needs.
Treatment options for allergy include:

Evaluation of and recommendations regarding food allergies
Allergy shots
Establishing strict control of external parasites
Medications to control itching