Parasite detection. We are skilled in the use of skin scrapings to detect
parasites on the skin, including Demodex mites, Sarcoptes mites, and
Ringworm diagnosis. We use a number of techniques to diagnose ringworm
(dermatophytosis), including Wood’s light examinations, trichography, and
fungal culture techniques.
Cytology. Cytology is routinely used to identify cells, including bacteria and/or
yeast, which may be infecting your pet’s skin or ears. It may also help identify
certain types of tumors.
Skin biopsy and dermatopathology. We utilize these techniques, when
appropriate, to confirm a diagnosis, or to better define an unusual disease
condition. When utilized properly, dermatopathology is a powerful tool for the
Management of allergies, ear infections, and autoimmune skin diseases. Our
goal is always to recommend cost-effective treatments that are in the
best-interest of your pet.
Allergy Immunotherapy. Regionally-specific Immunotherapy (RESPIT™), a
treatment protocol for atopic dermatitis, was pioneered by Dr. Jon Plant as a
means of making immunotherapy available to more pets, bypassing the need
for allergy testing. You can read more about RESPIT™ on our "FAQ" page.
Video Otoscopy. A fiberoptic device is used to illuminate, magnify and
document findings within the ear canal. We also use video otoscopy during
procedures to flush the deeper portions of the ear canal.
Radiosurgery. We use this technique to quickly remove small, benign skin
tumors, with benefits similar to those of laser surgery. In some cases this can
be done with local anesthesia (depending on the number of lesions and your
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