Hundreds of skin diseases affect our animal companions, making their diagnosis and management both frustrating and challenging. The Dermatology Service at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals is headed by board-certified veterinary dermatologists with extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of skin, coat, ear and nail problems including allergic skin disease, autoimmune/immune-mediated skin disorders, infectious and parasitic skin diseases, genetic skin and coat diseases, and acute and chronic ear diseases in all species.
Specialized diagnostic and treatment services include: intradermal allergy testing and allergen-specific immunotherapy, biopsy and dermatohistopathology, video otoscopy, myringotomy, and deep ear canal cleaning to name a few. The Dermatology Service also offers in-house consultations and collaborates closely with other specialty departments within the hospital to provide complete and comprehensive medical care for their patients.
Each pet is treated as an individual. Your dermatology clinician and their highly trained technical staff will work with you and your family veterinarian to come up with the best possible management plan for your pet.
- Intradermal allergy testing and allergen-specific immunotherapy
- Biopsy and dermatohistopathology,
- Deep ear canal cleaning
- Penny’s Clinical Case ChallengePenny, a 12- month -old female spayed Chihuahua mix presented to Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center due to the development of cutaneous nodules, on the groins, abdomen, back and neck. She was adopted from a shelter in Puerto Rico three months prior. Ruby was previously ... read more
- Treating Buster’s Demodicosis and Making Changes Along the WayBuster, a two-year-old castrated male Staffordshire bull terrier mix, presented to Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine with a five-month history of generalized demodicosis with secondary bacterial folliculitis and a progressive worsening of his skin condition. While Buster’s treatment regimen was consistent with standard treatment ... read more
- What’s Causing My Dog to Itch? Pets and AllergiesDo you suffer discomfort from allergies? If so, you know how uncomfortable seasonal, food and environmental allergies can be and how the quality of our life is negativity affected. Our pets suffer too but can be treated and find relief with specialized care of a veterinary specialist. ... read more
- Your Trusted Partner in Veterinary Dermatology and AllergyThere are hundreds of skin diseases that affect companion animals and horses, which make diagnosis and treatment challenging and often frustrating. Finding the most effective therapy can often be a process of trial and error. Foster Hospital has dedicated specialists who treat skin diseases, autoimmune/immune- mediated skin disorders, genetic skin ... read more
- Pets Benefit with Access to State-of-the-Art Research StudiesBackground Bolt, an eight-year-old German Shepherd was diagnosed in Fall 2012 with perianal fistulas (a painful opening in the skin surrounding the anus). Anal fistulas are very common in this breed of dogs and can be extremely painful. Leading up to Bolt’s development of these fistulas, owner Paul Higgins describes ... read more