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Dermatology & Allergy Services

PROVIDING EXPERT SOLUTIONS THAT BRING RELIEF

Dermatologic and allergic conditions can be quite frustrating because it is not always simple to find the root cause. Our board-certified dermatologists and their team bring expertise and experience in diagnosing and treating a broad range of dermatological diseases, such as:

  • Allergic dermatitis
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Bacterial, fungal, viral and parasitic skin infections
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Conditions of the ear

A visit to the dermatologist may help if your pet experiences any of the following:

  • Recurrent skin & ear infections
  • Seasonal/year-round allergies
  • Hair loss disorders
  • Non-stop scratching

Techniques available for diagnosing and treating these conditions include:

  • Cytologic (microscopic) evaluations
  • Skin scrapings
  • Hair examinations
  • Fungal or bacterial cultures
  • Intradermal allergy testing
  • Skin and nail biopsies
  • Video otoscopy with deep ear canal evaluations
  • Histopathology
  • Hyposensitization treatments

Our board-certified dermatologists are experts in all skin conditions and can help your pet. Drs. Casey Stepnik and Jennifer Petersen will work with you to identify the specific cause of your pet's condition and then develop a treatment plan based on experience and proven methodologies. At Lakeshore, our goal is to restore and maintain your pet's comfort and quality of life as soon as possible.

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What can I expect at my pet's initial dermatology consultation?

Your consultation appointment with our dermatologists comprises several components:

  • The dermatology technician will obtain a thorough history of your pet, reviewing records from your family veterinarian.
  • The dermatologist will review your pet’s medical history records as provided by your pet’s other health care providers.
  • The dermatologist will discuss and review your pet’s current health status as reported by you.
  • The dermatologists will perform a thorough physical examination.
  • The dermatologist will then discuss next steps (such as additional tests that might be recommended), treatment options, and a long term care plan. This discussion will focus on the health of your pet, addressing concerns and answering questions you may have. Should treatment of any kind be indicated, we will discuss your options including expected outcomes (prognosis), recovery, and costs. Decisions on treatment are made jointly with you, so it is important that the person(s) responsible for the patient is present to ask questions and provide information about the pet’s behavior, routines, and history.
      Please allow at least 60 minutes for this entire discussion.