Dermatology

Dermatology is a field of veterinary medicine that involves caring for your pet’s skin, fur, ears, and toenails. This includes diagnosing and treating conditions such as…

  • Allergies
  • Itchiness
  • Ear infections
  • Fur loss
  • Skin parasites
  • Rashes
  • Autoimmune diseases that affect the skin
  • Many other skin-related ailments

Usually, your dog or cat’s regular veterinarian will diagnose and treat skin or ear issues. But in some cases, a veterinary dermatologist may be recommended.

Dr. Maria Ierace is a Board Certified Veterinary Dermatologist who has additional years of training after vet school, specifically in the study of skin conditions in pets. Her specialized knowledge means your furkid will receive top of the line care—especially for allergy-related conditions, and skin conditions that are severe or resistant to standard treatments.

Wondering if your pet would benefit from a dermatologist consult? Give us a call today at 813-563-4731!

Dermatology Services & Features:

Intradermal allergy testing (IDAT)

  • Usually consists of 60-70 environmental allergens in the categories of grasses, weeds, trees, molds, mites, insects, animals and humans, and Malassezia
  • Identifies if the patient is allergic to a specific allergen
  • Is used to formulate allergen-specific immunotherapy and create avoidance strategies when possible

Allergen-specific immunotherapy (ASIT)

  • Should be included in the treatment of atopic dermatitis
  • The only way to modify the disease by desensitizing the patient
  • Well tolerated by most patients with low risk of side effects

Video Otoscopy

  • Provides a magnified image of the ear and ear drum
  • Enables specialized ear procedures to be performed including deep ear flushes for treatment of severe infection, removal of wax plugs, visualization and removal of polyps or other small ear tumors, myringotomy and middle ear flushing

Diagnosing and Treating Superficial and/or Deep Skin Infections

  • Skin Cytology aids in the diagnosis of infections and characterizes a pattern of inflammation
  • When indicated the following tests can be performed:
    • Aerobic bacterial culture and sensitivity testing
    • Mycobacterial cultures
    • DTM fungal cultures
    • Fungal titers

Skin biopsies with advanced interpretation

  • Dermatologists receive special training in histopathology of the skin (dermatopathology)
  • This advanced training helps with biopsy site selection and interpretation of results

Laser Removal of Skin Tumors

  • Small skin tumors such as solar induced hemangiomas and adenomas
  • Most patients do not need to be sedated or anesthetized as a local block is used to numb the tumor

For Referring Veterinarians:

We will focus on all dermatologic and allergy concerns for your patient.  We recommend for all routine veterinary services (health check-ups, vaccinations, sick pet visits not related to dermatology, etc.) to be continued by you.  We will send you a referral letter that will include a visit summary, recommendations, and the results of any diagnostics performed.   We always welcome you to call us if you would like to briefly discuss a case or if you have any questions or concerns.

Scheduling an appointment is easy!  Just have your client call us at 813-563-4731.

Please fill out the referral form and fax or e-mail the patient’s medical records to us.  Please be sure to include all lab results, or, if none have been performed to indicate that on the form.

Client Forms: