Advances in Veterinary Dermatology

Authored by Dr Vincent Defalque

Many surveys have shown that dermatology cases (ie. ear infections, skin allergies and pyodermas) are the most common presenting complaints seen in small animal practice. As a result, the specialty of veterinary dermatology has boomed in the last 30 years. The development of new diagnostic and therapeutic tools has greatly improved our ability to manage many common skin problems. Let me give you three examples.

The first example is a handy diagnostic tool called a video-otoscope. This equipment is becoming more common in veterinary practice and enables veterinarians to thoroughly assess and treat chronic and difficult ear infections in pets. Video-otoscopy is performed using an otoscope, camera, light source and monitor. The ear canal and the ear drum are brightly illuminated and magnified, enabling us to clearly visualize these parts of the ear. With a special attachment, suction and saline can be used to completely … Continue reading