Dermatology

Specialist vet dermatologists for dogs and cats

One of the most common reasons dogs and cats need veterinary attention is for skin and/or ear problems. Our dermatology specialists, Dr Linda Vogelnest and Dr Philippa Ravens assess all types of skin, ear and nail problems using their expert knowledge along with up-to-date testing to determine a diagnosis, which ultimately guides the best treatment options.

If a skin or ear problem is proving difficult to manage, keeps recurring or there are ‘non-specific’ changes and no clear diagnosis, referral to dermatology can provide the most efficient way forward. We know how frustrating it can be for pets and their owners to cope with chronic or recurrent itchy dermatitis, and there is increasing knowledge and many options now available to improve everyone’s quality of life.

A full range of dermatology problems can be evaluated at SASH, including:

  • Allergies
  • Ear infections
  • Non-specific itch or chronic recurrent dermatitis
  • Hair-coat disorders
  • Nail diseases
  • Footpad diseases
  • Unusual or ‘non-specific’ skin lesions 

Skin diagnostics available at SASH include:

  • Intradermal or (serum) allergen testing to evaluate airborne allergens including pollens, moulds and dust mites: essential to allow immunotherapy (desensitising) treatment
  • Skin cytology to check accurately for secondary bacterial and/or yeast infections, and can help with other infections and some immune-diseases: essential for accurate individual patient treatment
  • Skin biopsies may be important to confirm a diagnosis for more unusual diseases or tricky presentations: generally, not required for allergies or common skin problems
  • Ear flushing with video-otoscopy to enable thorough examination, cleaning, and sampling as needed for chronic ear infections: essential to clear some chronic ear infections, and provides fastest resolution for problem ears.

 

We perform many diagnostics on the same day as the initial consultation, although we often require some initial treatment in preparation for ear flushing.

Dr Linda Vogelnest consults at SASH Sydney on Wednesdays and Fridays, and at a satellite service at Gregory Hills every second week (mostly Thursdays). She is also available for phone calls, facilitating the allergy vaccine service, histopathology, and case discussion at Sydney on Tuesdays (non-consult day).

Dr Philippa Ravens  is available for consults at Sydney on Monday, Tuesday and alternate Thursdays, and Central Coast on Wednesdays and alternate Thursdays.

Our dermatology nurses (Karolien and Laura at Sydney, Fay at Central Coast) are an essential part of the dermatology team, helping ensure all patients have gentle handling, lots of attention, and individual care during their dermatology consultations and procedures. The nurses also manage the allergen immunotherapy (allergy ‘vaccine’) service, which requires great care and attention to detail to formulate accurately.

Skin Biopsy Service

SASH provide a skin histopathology service to our referring vet partners.

Biopsies are sent directly to the lab for processing, with the slides forwarded to SASH for reporting by our SASH Specialist Dermatologists – Dr Linda Vogelnest and Dr Philippa Ravens. Reports contain practical diagnostic and treatment advice for each patient.

Additional information, including sampling techniques can be found here.

Additional forms

SASH / Vetnostics Skin Biopsy submission form 

SASH / IDEXX Skin Biopsy submission form

Second Opinion submission form

Skin and Ear Cytology Service

SASH provide a cytology service to our referring vet partners.

Samples are sent directly to SASH for processing and reporting by our SASH Specialist Dermatologists – Dr Linda Vogelnest and Dr Philippa Ravens. Reports contain practical diagnostic and treatment advice for each patient.

Additional information, including sampling techniques can be found here.

Skin Cytology submission form

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