Currently in Germany about 17% of all patients examined in small animal practices are characterized by skin problems.* Thus, they appear in animals almost as often as in humans, which is frequently frustrating for the animal, the veterinarian and the owner.
Despite varying causes, many skin diseases often have very similar clinical symptoms. Often they are treated by the veterinarian with initial success , yet after the end of therapy, a relapse occurs (for example, due to an allergy, a hormonal disorder, a parasitic or an autoimmune disease). Thanks to many years of special training (ACVD / ECVD residency), veterinary dermatologists are able to explain to you the state-of-the-art diagnostics and treatment methods, which are the most suitable for your animal, and to choose one in cooperation with you.
The scope of this diagnostic tools include - amongst others - special examinations for infections or inflammatory cells (cytology), if necessary also bacterial or fungal cultures, hair examinations (trichogram), parasitological tests (skin scrapings or tape compression samples), fine-needle aspirations and skin punch biopsy, if necessary also blood tests or allergy tests. Since many diagnostic and therapeutic options can be expensive and costly, we always attempt to perform only those examinations that make sense for your animal, in order to keep the level of stress and costs for the patient and the owner as low as possible. For this reason, please bring all the documents about previous examinations and treatments that are available to you for the first visit at our hospital. In addition, on our part we strive for close cooperation with your veterinarian (your consent is required) in order to guarantee optimal treatment of your four-legged friend.
During an examination appointment at the Veterinary Specialist Hospital Stuttgart, before starting special examinations and before the beginning of therapy, a specialist will gladly discuss the purpose and the advantages of these procedures for you and for your animal with you. However, we ask for your understanding, that for all the above reasons, neither “remote diagnostics,” nor therapy recommendations via the internet nor by telephone are possible without personal examination of the animal.
We kindly ask you before your first visit to the Veterinary Specialist Hospital Stuttgart to fill in the following form and to send it back to us by email (please include photos if possible) (email@example.com) . By sending this to us, you ensure that we are prepared in the best possible manner for your visit with your four-legged family member.
We are looking forward to your visit to the Veterinary Specialist Hospital Stuttgart!
* Klinger, C. J., A. Krause, B. Rösch, P. Werhahn, V. Wienrich and M. R. S. (2016). “Small animal medicine in Germany – analysis of cases.” Practicing veterinarian 97(9): 774–787.