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Veterinary Dermatology

If you believe your pet’s skin condition may benefit from a consult with our dermatologist, Dr. Loft, ask your regular veterinarian to provide a referral to VESH or call us at (413) 665-4931.

What is Veterinary Dermatology?

Veterinary dermatology focuses on the skin health of animals, which can be affected by allergies, pests, and certain medical conditions. Some pets develop skin and ear problems that require special expertise for proper diagnosis and treatment. Common signs that your pet’s skin may require specialized dermatology care include:

  • Dull coat or excessive shedding

  • Frequent licking or scratching

  • Dandruff

  • Upset stomach

  • Rashes

At Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital, our dermatology services are provided by Dr. Klaus Loft, who is specially trained to treat pets with chronic ear problems, severe allergies, cutaneous cancer conditions, and immune-mediated skin diseases. Our South Deerfield, MA hospital is also pleased to offer a fully stocked on-site (or online) pharmacy to provide you with any medications or ointments needed to help soothe your pet's skin.

Types of Rashes

One of the most obvious signs that your pet needs dermatological care is a rash. We have listed some of the most common rashes your dog or cat may have below. 

  • Dermatitis: common skin irritations, often caused by allergies.

  • Yeast infections: common but easily treated skin infections.

  • Impetigo: pus-filled hives that create scabs when they burst.

  • Seborrhea: a genetic condition most commonly found in dogs that causes dandruff and, if left untreated, may lead to severe allergic reactions.

  • Ringworm: a highly contagious fungal infection that causes a round, patchy lesion on the skin. 

  • Granuloma: an area of inflammation caused by dogs obsessively licking their feet and legs in the same spot.

  • Mite, flea, and tick bites: these insect bites can cause varying types of rashes, redness, or welts and, in some cases, hives.

  • Hot spots: areas of inflammation on your dog’s skin caused by the presence of excessive moisture

  • Sunburns: these are most likely to affect pets with short or light hair and hairless pets.

What to Expect

Our veterinary dermatologist may recommend treating your pet’s skin with medication, topical treatments, or dietary adjustments. Depending on the severity of your pet’s condition, your pet may be prescribed one or more of the following treatments:

  • Antibiotics or antifungals

  • Antihistamines

  • Steroids or corticosteroids

  • Medicated baths

  • Omega-3 or Omega 6 dietary supplements for dogs

  • Immunotherapy for severe allergies in cats

  • Specialized treatments such as

    • Skin cytologies and biopsies

    • Skin scrapings

    • Skin and ear cultures

    • Allergy testing

After Dr. Loft has evaluated your pet, we will work with you to develop a treatment plan. Our goal is to help your pet’s skin heal as quickly and painlessly as possible and to provide you with long-term solutions for your pet’s dermatological needs. If you have any questions about how our dermatology services can help your pet, please call us at 413-665-4931 or use our Contact Us form to email us today.

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Our Veterinary Dermatologist

Dr. Klaus Loft

Veterinary Dermatologist

Dr. Klaus Loft

Veterinary Dermatologist