Veterinary Dermatology Specialty Service

Veterinary dermatology is a specialty that diagnoses and treats disorders of the skin, hair, ears, and claws. Multiple diseases can result in dermatological lesions: parasitic infestations, allergies, hormonal imbalances and auto-immune diseases.

Different diagnostic procedures are offered:

  • Intradermal allergy testing
  • Skin biopsies under local or general anesthesia
  • Skin and ear cytology
  • Skin scrapings
  • Trichograms
  • Bacterial and fungal cultures
  • Video-otoscopic ear examination
  • Deep ear irrigation under general anesthesia (this procedure may be coupled with a CT scan of the middle and inner ear)

When should I take my pet to see a veterinary dermatologist? If you notice one or many of the following symptoms on your dog or cat, a veterinary dermatologist can help you:

  • Your animal is itchy; they scratch, bite, chew, or lick themselves excessively.
  • You notice excessive hair loss.
  • You can see abnormalities on the skin: crusts, scabs, dandruff, or changes in colour or texture.
  • Your animal is scratching their ears, or you note abnormal smells or secretions.

Although skin diseases rarely endanger an animal’s life, they have a profound effect on overall quality of life. Our veterinary dermatology team can provide relief.

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Dr. Aurore Laprais – Veterinary Dermatology Service

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