Does My Pet Need A Dermatologist?
Skin and ear diseases often have a significant impact on a pet’s quality of
life. Veterinary dermatologists supplement the capabilities of primary care
veterinarians by providing additional expertise in the diagnosis and
management of skin and ear diseases.
Of the hundreds of conditions that affect pets’ skin and ears, here are
some of the more common things that SkinVet® Clinic treats:
- Ear infections
- Chronic itching and scratching
- Hair loss
- Skin odor
- Skin parasites
- Fungal infections
- Autoimmune diseases
Our goal is to make a specific diagnosis and recommend a treatment plan
that is both cost-effective and in the best-interest of your pet's long-term
To become a board-certified veterinary dermatologist (Diplomate,
American College of Veterinary Dermatology), veterinarians must receive
an additional two years of training beyond veterinary school (“residency”)
and pass a rigorous examination. There are approximately 250 board-certified veterinary dermatologists in the United States. Dr. Plant has served as the chairman of the committee that examines candidates. He is currently a member of the International Committee for Allergic Diseases of Animals and serves on the Executive Board of Portland Veterinary Medical Association.