The dermatology clinic is held weekly at Cave Veterinary Specialists. We accept referrals for dogs and cats with all sorts of dermatological problems including allergies, parasitic, infectious, claw and auto-immune skin diseases and disorders of hair loss, keratinisation or pigmentation.
The dermatology service also offers an evaluation of recurrent/chronic ear diseases. Their assessment commonly includes a physical examination, ear cytology/culture, otoscopy and investigations for potential underlying dermatological diseases. If otitis media is suspected, advanced imaging using MRI or CT is available on-site to give a full assessment of the middle ear cavity, facilitating a more precise prognosis. For those ear cases where medical management is unsuccessful or is not an option, surgical options can be discussed with our soft-tissue surgery service.
Other specialised diagnostic procedures that the dermatology service can offer include in-house skin and ear cytology, intradermal allergy testing, skin biopsies and interpretation of their histopathology. The dermatology service is also supported by colleagues in oncology and internal medicine.
Before the appointment, the dermatologist will review all the clinical history provided by the referring vet, including laboratory results. During the 60 to 90-minute consultation, a detailed history will be performed as well as a physical examination and dermatological examination. A list of differential diagnoses will be established and further investigations will be discussed with the owner. Some diagnostic tests can be performed immediately such as ear and skin cytology as well as skin scraping and interpretation. However, some case may need to be admitted for further investigations or need to return for a follow-up consultation to perform further tests such as skin testing, ear flushing or skin biopsies.
The dermatologist's goal is to provide an excellent service for clients, their pets and the referring veterinary surgeon. The aim is to work hand in hand with the client and the referring veterinarian to ensure the best possible outcome for the patient. This includes prompt feedback to the veterinarian on referred cases and individually tailored case management, with appropriate follow-up appointments for each case and continued telephone advice and management for referred cases.