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Veterinary Specialty Hospital - San Diego

Veterinarian checking dog's ear


Veterinary dermatologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of skin, ear, and nail disorders.

Our dermatologists are here to help with all types of dermatologic problems. More precisely, these specialists have extensive training in the management of allergic, infectious (e.g., bacterial, fungal, viral), parasitic, congenital, and autoimmune skin diseases, dander-related skin disorders, alopecia (hair loss), and benign and malignant skin cancers. Dermatologists also specialize in the management of chronic infections and inflammatory conditions of the ears, which are generally related to skin disorders. Our dermatologists will work in conjunction with you and your primary care veterinarian to provide the comprehensive care your pet needs. Allergies, hair coat changes, acute and chronic ear problems, and auto-immune diseases are all common conditions that benefit from the assistance of a board certified dermatologist.

Seeking early consultation with a board certified dermatologist can help to manage your pet’s skin and ear problems more safely and effectively, and often more economically.

Common symptoms that may benefit from the advice of a dermatologist include:

  • Chronic scratching, licking, or chewing

  • Chronic or recurrent skin or ear infections

  • Hair loss

  • Greasy or malodorous coat despite bathing

  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus (MRSA) or Pseudomonas infection of the ears

At VSH, we offer treatment for the following conditions:

  • Alopecias

  • Atopy (Environmental Allergies)

  • Autoimmune Skin Diseases

  • Bacterial Skin Diseases

  • Drug Reactions

  • Ear Diseases

  • Ectoparasitic Skin Diseases

  • Endocrine/Metabolic Skin Diseases

  • Feline Skin Diseases

  • Flea Allergy Dermatitis

  • Food Allergies

  • Fungal Skin Diseases (including ringworm)

  • Immunologic Skin Diseases

  • Oncologic Skin Diseases

  • Pododermatitis


  • Bacterial Cultures

  • CT Scan

  • Deep Ear Cleanings (including myringotomies under general anesthesia)

  • Fine Needle Aspirates

  • Food Elimination Diets

  • Fungal Cultures

  • Intradermal and Serologic Allergy Testing

  • Skin Biopsies

  • Skin Biopsies

  • Skin and Ear Cytologies

  • Skin Scrapings

  • Trichograms

  • Video Otoscopic Examination

Our veterinary dermatologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of skin, ear, and nail disorders.

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