What is a veterinary dermatologist?
A veterinary dermatologist is a veterinarian who has additional expertise and training in the diagnosis and management of animal skin, ear, hair, and nail disorders. One of the most common problems veterinary dermatologists manage is allergic skin disease which can cause red itchy skin, recurrent skin and/or ear infections, and hair loss.
Becoming a board certified veterinary dermatologist requires 3-4 additional years of training, publication of original research, passing a specialty board examination, and continued education throughout one's career. Dermatologists are exposed to a broader range of skin and ear conditions on a daily basis and have learned how to identify the subtle differences between each condition. Bay Veterinary Dermatology can help provide relief for the pet and answers for the owner.
When should my pet see a dermatologist?
You may elect to see a veterinary dermatologist any time your pet suffers from skin or ear disease. If you are concerned about your pet's quality of life or a skin condition has failed to respond to treatment, it may be prudent to schedule a consultation. Common indicators of skin disease are:
- Hair loss (alopecia)
- Scale (flaky skin)
- Red skin (erythema)
- Excessive itching/licking
- Itchy or painful ears
- Recurrent or chronic infections
Dr. Friedman will work as a team with pet owners and the referring veterinarian to diagnose and manage an array of skin, ear, and allergic diseases including:
- Environmental Allergies
- Food Allergies
- Ear Diseases
- Skin Infections (Bacterial, Fungal, Viral, Parasitic)
- Immune-mediated Skin Diseases
- Endocrine (Hormonal) Diseases
- Congenital (Inherited) Skin Diseases
- Nail Diseases
- Skin Growths