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Can I say, finally?
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Indianapolis our newest location
Indiana in the house!
Our newest Animal Dermatology Clinic is located in the Clearwater Shoppes, near Keystone at the Crossing, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Lori Thompson, ACVD (pictured) heads the clinic and staff. Dr. Thompson has lived in Indiana for 35 years and has been a licensed veterinarian since 2000. She became a boarded dermatologist in 2005 after completing her residency in veterinary dermatology. “I am very happy to be a part of the Animal Dermatology Clinic family. Building our Indianapolis location has been so fun and exciting.” says Dr. Thompson. “I have worked with many of the veterinarians in Indiana throughout my career and I hope that they know that they are always welcome to call me with any questions regarding their dermatology cases…or even to just say hello!”
Animal Dermatology Clinic, Indianapolis
The problem with cats is that they get the exact same look on their face whether they see a moth or an axe-murderer.
Hot Summer Days are Here
Pets need sun protection, too.
Most of us can’t wait until the long days of summer arrive. It draws us outdoors to soak in those rays of sunshine and though we are constantly reminded to use a sunblock for our skin, some pets are adversely affected by excessive direct sunlight as well.
Solar dermatitis is a condition which affects both our canine and feline friends. Cats are usually affected in the face and ears and white cats or cats with white are areas on the face are commonly affected. The condition is characterized by redness and fine scale on the edges of the ears or other white haired areas with the lesions becoming more severe as time progresses. A preliminary diagnosis is made by a physical examination, history and the classic clinical changes.
A skin biopsy will confirm the diagnosis. Strict sun avoidance is important to prevent further damage however once damage occurs, it is often progressive and leads to more severe skin changes including skin cancer with squamous cell carcinoma the most common for of skin cancer that develops. Laser or surgical removal of the damaged or cancerous tissue is generally curative. Although in some cases if left too long the cancerous tissue involves such an extensive amount of tissue that complete surgical resection is not possible in which case chemotherapy may be necessary. Solar dermatitis of dogs is similar in that it affects short coated white dogs or the undersurface of dogs that are allowed to “sunbathe”. Breeds that have white variants such as Pit Bulls, Bulldogs, Bull Terriers, Boxers and Dalmatians are most at risk. These breeds should not be allowed to have unfettered access to the outdoors. The clinical signs often start with mild redness to the unprotected areas that progress to more severe changes. The areas are often itchy just as sunburns are in humans. Many of these cases are mistakenly thought to be allergies until the condition progresses to the point that chronic actinic (sun) damage and squamous cell carcinoma develop. Similar surgical removal and possible chemotherapy is indicated as in cats for the condition when it develops these changes.
Pets are at less risk by sunbathing by a closed window because glass filters most of the damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation but open windows or doors should be avoided and unfiltered sunlight coming through an open door or window and reflecting off a floor or other reflective surface also needs to be avoided. Sun blockers with SPFs of at least 50 can be used for limited sun exposure but they are most effective when applied 15 minutes before sun exposure. Special solar protectant clothing should be used when sun exposure is unavaoidable.
Nasal Solar Dermatitis affects dogs and the damaging effects of ultraviolet light on light-colored skin. Skin damage severity depends on the length of exposure and the sun’s intensity with higher elevations experiencing more intense sunlight. Remember that the sun’s rays are most intense between 9AM and 3PM.
Dogs born without pigment in their noses are at the greatest risk for nasal solar dermatitis. If the condition has been diagnosed, early intense protection from the sun is important to prevent further damage. Healing of affected skin results in scar tissue and further damage will enlarge the affected areas and severe damage can lead to permanent crack and fissures that bleed easily.
Source: David A. Duclos, Canine & Feline Skin Diseases and Dr. Rusty Muse, Animal Derm Clinic-Tustin