Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs for Veterinarians

To refer a patient to an Animal Dermatology Clinic submit your request online (Click here for the referral location) or print a referral form and fax or email it to the location where you wish to refer.

Please also submit medical history and lab work for at least the last year whenever possible. If you have any question or need to call in the information for you may call the office where you wish to refer.

If you have a patient that you feel needs to be seen immediately due to the severity of skin lesions or pain, please call the Animal Dermatology Clinic where you wish to refer and tell our staff that you have an emergency referral. In most cases you will be connected to a dermatologist or one will return your call as soon as possible and facilitate an accelerated referral.

No, patients may continue current medications if they are needed to keep the pet comfortable. When possible, try to avoid adding new medications in the few days prior to the referral appointment.

While withdrawal times may vary from patient to patient, the following are general guidelines:

  • Topical corticosteroids - Betagen spray, topical ear meds – 2-4 weeks depending on length of therapy
  • Long acting ear meds - 4 weeks
  • Oral corticosteroids (Prednisone, Temaril P etc.) - 4 weeks
  • Short acting injectable corticosteroids (Dexamethasone, Vetalog, Kenalog) - 4 weeks
  • Long acting injectable corticosteroids (DepoMedrol) – 8-12 weeks
  • Antihistamines (Benadryl, Zyrtec, Hydroxyzine etc.) 1-2 weeks
  • Apoquel – no withdrawal but do not give the day of the test
  • Atopica (cyclosporine) – no withdrawal
  • Cytopoint - no withdrawal but prefer not to be given 1 week prior to the test

Please ask your clients not to bathe their pet 1 week prior to referral, bring a list of all medications and diets being given to the pet and allow ample time for thorough discussion and assessment of their pet during their referral appointment.