We're pleased to offer the following services at Animal Dermatology Specialists of Vancouver:
Allergy Skin Testing
For many years, intradermal allergy testing has been considered the gold standard for diagnosing canine atopy (environmental allergies), and it remains the primary testing method used by most veterinary dermatologists. Intradermal allergy testing permits testing of the skin where the allergic response is occurring.
The best approach to the atopic (environmental allergy) patient is to first allergy skin test the patient to make sure that they have environmental allergies. Once you have a positive skin test for environmental allergies, you then can recommend both specific and non-specific therapies for atopy. The next step after confirming the diagnosis of atopy with the allery skin test is to check for a co-existing food allergy, by doing an elimination food trial over the next 6-8 weeks.
Mites (Demodex & Scabies)
Demodex is transmitted from mother dog to newborn puppies during the first 2-3 days of nursing, and possibly between adult dogs that are close cohabitants (rare), it is not contagious to cats or humans.
Ear & Nose Disorders
Idiopathic Nasodigital Hyperkeratosis is an idiopathic (unknown cause) condition that is characterized by the excessive formulation of nasal or footpad keratin. It is common in older dogs. Thickened, hard, dry keratin accumulates on the top of the nose, footpads, or both.
Hair Loss & Hormonal Disease
Alopecia X The cause of this alopecic condition in dogs is unclear, but several theories have been proposed. One theory is that he disorder is caused by abnormal adrenal steroidogenesis and is a mild variant of pituitary dependent hyperadrenocorticism. Others have suggested that it may be due to growth hormone deficiency, an adrenal sex hormone imbalance, or excessive production of androgenic steroids by the adrenal glands.
Paw & Nail Disorders
Lupoid Onchodystrophy This condition, which is suspected to be immune mediated, causes claw loss. It is uncommon to rare in dogs, with the highest incidence report in young adult to middle-aged dogs. German shepherds and rottweilers may be predisposed.
Seborrheic & Breed Disorders
Abnormal Skin formation (Keratinization) Seborrhea, describes skin which is dry, dull, lusterless hair coat, excessive scaling (dandruff), scaly and crusty, greasy, smelly patches.
These diseases are uncommon or rare, but are seen fairly frequently by dermatologists. The most common are Discoid Lupus Erythematous (DLE) and Pemphigus Foliaceous (PF).
Skin Cancer & Tumors
Mast Cell Tumor The most common malignant tumor of the skin. Affecting the mast cells of the dermis. Breeds predisposed include, Boxers, Pugs, Boston Terriers, Labradors, Weimaraners, Beagles, Chinese Sharpeis and Golden Retrievers. The tumors are usually found on the trunk, perineum and limbs.
Feline Skin Disorders
Ringworm (Dermatophytosis) Fungal infection are more common in kittens than adults. Long hair cats especially Persians are more susceptible and more difficult to treat. Patchy hair loss of head, ears then anywhere on the body.