Dermatology Department

The Dermatology Department at Ars Veterinaria is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of skin, hair, ear and nail diseases in dogs and cats.

Being part of the Hospital Ars Veterinaria allows us to offer comprehensive care using our state of the art facilities.

The Dermatology team works closely with other services including Ophthalmology, Surgery, Oncology, Neurology, Diagnostic Imaging and Internal Medicine to provide comprehensive care for your animal. We offer state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques and treatments, including digital video ear examinations and ear flushing. We also read our own skin-biopsy specimens.

We are committed to improving animal welfare through the highest standards of care in the diagnosis and management of all skin diseases. Most skin problems are due to chronic diseases that decrease the quality of life of the pet. Our primary goal is quality of life and we work with the owners to ensure that each pet with a skin or ear disease has a happy and fulfilling life.

In addition to treating clinical cases, the Dermatology Department is involved in the education of veterinary surgeons and interns and in clinical research with the final goal of improving animal care.

Basic and advanced diagnostic techniques include:

Skin sampling, such as scrapings, scale examination, adhesive strip examination, skin and ear cytology and trichograms (looking at hair shafts). All these techniques are performed in the Dermatology consulting room so that the results are immediately available for diagnosis and treatment. Skin samples for microbiological studies may also be taken.

Allergy investigation through allergic work-up and serological testing. If needed, intradermal testing may be performed.

Allergen-specific immunotherapy can be used to treat dogs and cats suffering from atopic dermatitis (skin allergy). We can supply patient specific vaccines.

Punch and excisional skin biopsies where indicated. These will usually be taken under local anesthesia depending on the patient and the location of the lesion to be biopsied.  Occasionally general anesthesia may be needed. The patient is usually able to go home that day.

Video-otoscopy for the investigation of ear disease. The video-otoscope allows us to see the ear canals and tympanic membrane (eardrum) in detail, perform myringotomy when necessary, clean the ear canals and the tympanic bulla, take samples and administer treatments locally. The Hospital has full facilities for the administration and monitoring of general anesthesia for all these procedures.

Advanced imaging (CT and MRI) for the assessment of the middle and inner parts of the ear.

Referring veterinary centers can contact us by calling 93 285 84 00 or by email to dermatologia@arsveterinaria.es

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