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Dermatology & Allergy

Complications of the skin and ears are among the most common reasons for veterinary office visits. The skin is considered the largest organ in the body, and problems with it can leave your pet feeling uncomfortable and distressed. This can cause you, as an owner, to feel concerned for your pet’s health. Scratching, licking, or general unease often are associated with most common dermatological issues. Animals are susceptible to a variety of skin disorders, including allergies; ectoparasites; bacterial and fungal infections; hereditary and congenital diseases; chronic ear infections; diseases of the feet, footpads and nails; autoimmune skin diseases; endocrine (hormonal) disorders; and skin cancer.

The complicated and complex nature of these diseases and allergies will sometimes require specialized knowledge and experience. As a specialty referral service, Gulf Coast Veterinary Dermatology & Allergy is available and committed to working with your family veterinarian in an integrated team approach. This partnership allows us to better serve you and your pet during this time of need. When a skin or ear disorder fails to respond to traditional treatment, we are available to provide the latest technology in the diagnosis and management of your pet’s health. Our board-certified, highly trained and experienced dermatologists perform many specialized diagnostic procedures and including:

  • Examination and cleansing of the distal ear canal and middle ear using a Fiber-Optic Otoscope
  • Treatment of patients with progressive secretory otitis media and potentially restoring hearing by removing secretions from the middle ear guided by the fiber-optic otoscope
  • CT examination of the skull to assess for middle ear infections and tumors
  • Histopathology interpretation
  • Intradermal skin testing
  • Sublingual and injectable immunotherapy
  • Laser surgery and laser-assisted biopsies
  • Skin biopsy sampling
  • Culture and sensitivity of the skin to isolate bacteria and determine the most appropriate treatment

Our multi-disciplinary approach and close cooperation among our specialists allow us to offer the best care available to the patients entrusted to us. With the support of a trained and dedicated staff, the dermatology service is committed to using science, technology, and compassion to provide exceptional care for pets and their families.

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