Dermatology

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Dermatology

All Creatures Veterinary Dermatology Service

  • Is your pet constantly licking, chewing, biting or scratching their skin?
  • Do you have an itchy pet?
  • Is your pet losing their fur or hair?
  • Does your pet have lots of scabs or dandruff?
  • Has your pet’s skin or coat changed colour or texture?
  • Is there a bad odour from your pet’s skin or ears?
  • Are your pet’s nails brittle, misshapen or falling out?
  • Does your pet have any unusual lumps or swellings over their body?

If so, you should seek advice from the veterinary dermatologist at All Creatures.

Dermatology is the science that is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the skin, hair and nails and a veterinary dermatologist is the veterinary expert you should consult if your pet has any problems with their skin.

Why you should chose All Creatures to help with your pet’s skin problems

  • All Creatures has the full range of facilities to investigate skin, ear and nail disease.....
  • high powered microscopes to assess skin scrapes, tape strips, hair plucks (trichograms),
  • ringworm strain identification and cytology for identification of bacteria and cancer cell types
  • skin biopsies
  • access to dermatohistopathologist services
  • video otoscopy for assessment of complex ear disease and the tympanic membrane
  • swabs for bacterial culture and sensitivity
  • Woods lamp and Mackenzie toothbrush technique for investigating ringworm cases
  • Intradermal skin testing – we maintain a fresh stock of over 60 different individual local allergens
  • In house blood testing facilities
  • Access to Finn chambers to diagnose contact hypersensitivities
  • All Creatures stocks the most extensive range of veterinary dermatological products in Northern Ireland – we have over 100 different types of veterinary shampoo alone. We have a range of insecticidal products, anti-itch drugs, hormonal products, immunosuppressive drugs, lotions, creams and spot on therapies to improve skin barrier function, chemotherapeutic drugs as well as specialist veterinary diets to help with skin problems.
  • All Creatures has Class IV laser therapy to assist with the management of many skin complaints including lick granuloma (acral lick dermatitis), scent gland infections and otitis (inflamed ears)
  • All Creatures has full surgical facilities to deal with tumour removal, skin grafting, drainage of abscesses, bite wound management, scent gland (anal gland) removal and ear disease requiring surgery such as lateral ear canal resection and total ear canal ablation.
  • Successful strategies for managing recurring superficial pyoderma
  • We offer a range of different immunotherapy protocols for your pet’s allergies including oral immunotherapy and accelerated / rush immunotherapy.

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Types of skin, coat, ear and nail problems we see most commonly at All Creatures

Itchy skin problems

  • Flea bite hypersensitivity
  • Harvest mite infestation
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Allergic contact dermatitis
  • Adverse reactions to foods
  • Irritant contact dermatitis
  • Sarcoptic mange
  • Epitheliotropic lymphoma
  • Cheyletiella infestation
  • Psychogenic alopecia
  • Malassezia dermatitis (yeast infection)
  • Self mutilation
  • Pyotraumatic dermatitis (hot spots)
  • Tail biting & chasing
  • Intertrigo (skin fold dermatitis)
  • Acral lick dermatitis (lick granuloma)
  • Lice
  • Hookworm dermatitis
  • Pelodera strongyloides dermatitis
  • Schnauzer comedo syndrome

Lumps and bumps on your pet’s skin

  • Follicular Cysts
  • Papilloma
  • Mast cell tumours
  • Basal Cell tumours
  • Collagenous nevi
  • Melanoma
  • Perianal gland adenoma
  • Panniculitis
  • Cryptococcosis
  • Keratinizing acanthoma
  • Systemic histiocytosis
  • Foreign body granuloma

Skin problems where the skin is broken or ulcerated

  • Feline eosinophilic granuloma
  • Indolent (rodent) ulcers
  • Eosinophilic plaques
  • German Shepherd Dog Pyoderma
  • Calcinosis cutis
  • Pressure sores
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Hepatocutaneous syndrome
  • Discoid lupus erythematosus
  • Feline cowpox infection
  • Drug eruptions
  • Feline plasma cell pododermatitis
  • Pemphigus vulgaris
  • Feline herpesvirus infection
  • Feline calicivirus infection
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Bullous pemphigoid
  • Vasculitis

Skin problems with rashes and spots (papules and pustules)

  • Superficial pyoderma
  • Canine acne
  • Impetigo
  • Pemphigus foliaceus
  • Zinc responsive dermatosis
  • Juvenile pyoderma (puppy strangles)

Skin problems with oozing and weeping (sinus formation)

  • Deep pyoderma
  • Anal furunculosis (perianal fistula)
  • Foreign body sinus
  • Mycobacterial infection - Feline leprosy
  • Dermoid sinus

Crusty and scaly skin problems

  • Ectoparasites
  • Infections
  • Nutritional disorders
  • Allergic diseases
  • Immune problems
  • Callus formation
  • Sebaceous adenitis
  • Feline Acne
  • Idiopathic seborrhoea of Cockers
  • Actinic dermatoses
  • Cutaneous horn
  • Nasal & digital hyperkeratosis
  • Vitamin A responsive dermatosis
  • Canine distemper
  • Erythema multiforme

Abnormal coat and skin colourations

  • Colour dilution alopecia
  • Vitiligo
  • Canine Uveodermatological syndrome
  • Lentigo

Environmental skin problems

  • Tick infestation
  • Bee stings, spider bites
  • Skin problems caused by chronic exposure to urine, faeces, saliva or tears
  • Fly bite dermatitis
  • Burns
  • Frostbite
  • Maggot infestation
  • Otitis externa (inflamed infected ears)

Hormonal skin problems

  • Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
  • Hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing’s disease)
  • Sertoli cell tumour (testicular cancer)
  • Skin problems that respond to neutering
  • Alopecia X
  • Post clipping alopecia

Disorders of the nails

  • Lupoid onychodystrophy
  • Fungal infections
  • Tumours of the nail beds
  • Bacterial infections (paronychia)
  • Autoimmune diseases

Coat problems with patchy hair loss

  • Canine demodicosis (demodectic mange)
  • Dermatophytosis (ringworm)
  • Follicular dysplasia
  • Injection site alopecia
  • Alopecia areata
  • Black hair follicle alopecia