We believe in a team-focused approach to veterinary medicine. Working with referring veterinarians helps our pet dermatology clinic maintain patient care standards and provide client service. While we work on dermatologic and allergy concerns for our patients, we expect that routine veterinary services (health check-ups, vaccinations, etc.) will continue to be provided through the primary veterinarian.
Intradermal allergy testing is recognized by most veterinary dermatologists as the most accurate means of identifying relevant allergens in the canine patient. Dr. Bajwa has had significant success utilizing intradermal allergy testing to help treat non-flea, non-food allergic dermatitis (or, environmental allergies) in cats. Approximately 60 of the most common allergens specific to our local environment are assessed during intradermal testing.
Allergen avoidance is the gold standard treatment for allergies. This option should always be pursued when possible but is not always practical. Allergen specific immunotherapy may be formulated as daily oral drops, or as less frequent subcutaneous injections. The mode of immunotherapy administration (oral versus injectable) is selected in consultation with the pet owner.
The easy access and superior visualization afforded by our Storz Video-otoscope unit increases the likelihood of identifying the underlying problem, or deeper complications such as ruptured tympanic membranes, otitis media, and inflammatory polyps. Video-otoscopy allows for the pet owner to visualize both normal and abnormal structures of the ear canal, during a consultation.
Allergies in pets can be complicated and need a fair amount of effort to manage in general. Thus, there is a need to make the “traditional” build up phase of immunotherapy easier for the pet’s family, if possible. Rush immunotherapy is one such tool in the veterinary dermatologists’ arsenal which can help make management of atopic dermatitis simpler for the involved family.
Teleconsultation removes the barrier of pets seeing a dermatologist directly and allows family veterinarians all across BC to work with our staff and pet dermatologist, and help patients with dermatology and allergy care expertise if it may not be available to some patients directly by visiting our vet dermatology and ear clinic.