Dermatology

Dermatology ranks highly in our practice, not surprisingly as the skin (derma) is the body’s largest organ and life without it is not possible. Surrounding the body, it gives it shape. The skin prevents dehydration and protects the body from harmful environmental influences and allows us mammals to feel warmth, cold, pain and touch. The skin contains hair follicles, blood vessels, muscles and glands enabling thus the regulation of body temperature through perspiration or the shivering response. It is also able to store fluids, electrolytes, vitamins, fat, carbohydrates, proteins and more. The skin has important immuno-regulatory functions, containing cells that counter-act the development of tumours and prevent pathogens from becoming established. The skin can give an indication of an individual’s general health status.

 

 

 

The organ ‘skin’ has three layers:

  • the epidermis, a continuous outer layer
  • the dermis in the middle containing hairs, glands, muscles, blood and lymphatic vessels and nerves
  • the subcutis, an innermost, final, continuous layer consisting of fat and other connective tissue

 

 

The veterinary treatment of diseases and abnormalities of eye lids, claws, and anal glands are within the remits of dermatology. All of these structures are quite complex and therefore malfunctions are common occurrences with a need for veterinary attention.

Nowadays we have access to a variety of special skin drugs and after a correct diagnosis most skin diseases can be successfully treated with one or a combination of several different ones.

We try to get to the bottom of the problem via microscopic exams in-house and/or sending skin samples to specialised laboratories.  Once a diagnosis has been achieved, we choose the most appropriate therapy with the least side effects.