Veterinary Dermatology at Upstate Veterinary Specialties
Veterinary Dermatology is the study and treatment of skin diseases in dogs and cats. These skin conditions may mimic human dermatology but are unique in animals. Management of skin conditions also includes ears, mouth, hair, and nails.
What to Expect
An initial visit with our dermatology team consists of a 60-minute consultation. At your visit, our veterinarians and staff will obtain a detailed history of your pet along with a thorough dermatologic exam. Our dermatologist will discuss a summary of their findings and a treatment plan. If needed, recheck exams are scheduled for 30 minutes every 4-5 weeks. Recheck appointments vary depending on the patient and disease.
Common Conditions, Management, and Treatment of Dermatologic Conditions in Pets
Dermatologic diseases range from treating allergic and itchy animals to managing long-term auto-immune skin diseases. The following diseases are among the most commonly seen in pets that may require consultation with a veterinary dermatologist:
- Allergic disease
- Ear disease
- Recurrent skin infections
- Chronic resistant infections
- Auto-immune skin/nail disease
Common diagnostic tests may include skin samples, ear samples, bacterial or fungal cultures, and skin biopsies. We also offer advanced diagnostics such as sedated skin allergy testing, blood allergy testing, CT scans, and ear flushes.
Board Certified Veterinary Dermatologists
A veterinary dermatologist undergoes additional postgraduate training to become specialized in their field. Upon completion of a two to three-year residency program, qualified candidates take a board certification exam to achieve board certification by the American College of Veterinary Dermatology.
If your pet is experiencing dermatologic issues, speak with your primary care veterinarian about a referral to Upstate Veterinary Specialties. Our Veterinary Dermatologist, Dr. Amy Schnedeker, and her team can work with you and your primary care veterinarian to diagnose and manage your pet’s dermatologic condition.