Skin diseases in pets are common and can greatly affect quality of life. Scratching, chewing, and licking are common signs of a dermatologic issue and treatment can sometimes be very challenging. Our dermatology service is here to help! We will work closely with your primary veterinarian to not just relieve the signs, but get to the root of the problem and find the best long-term management plan for you and your pet.
Our board-certified veterinary dermatologist, Dr. Heather Edginton, has had years of experience in treating some of the most difficult dermatological cases, providing relief and quality of life to pets. With her advanced knowledge of veterinary dermatology, she is a perfect choice for families with pets who have been suffering from chronic allergies, ear infections, hair loss and much more!
Heather Edginton, DVM, Diplomate ACVD
Born and raised in Pasadena, California, Dr. Edginton was originally a Psychology major and obtained her Psychology Degree from Cal State Long Beach.
However, something was missing in her life and she couldn’t shake the feeling that she needed to work with animals. Dr. Edginton decided to change her major, attending Cornell University to study veterinary medicine. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2011 where she discovered her passion for veterinary dermatology.
Dr. Edginton began her residency at Cornell University to work on getting her board-certification in dermatology, which she completed in 2014. Her specialty interests include management of allergic skin disease, immune-mediated/autoimmune skin diseases, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Dr. Edginton is excited to be in the Pacific Northwest as she loves the rain and season changes. When not practicing veterinary Dermatology and walking in the rain, she also enjoys spending time with her 2 cats, Merle and Diana, who have been with her throughout veterinary school. She also has a love for the arts and has earned certificates in interior design, Feng Shui and baking. She is currently working on a personal style certification as well.
Types of Cases
The Dermatology service focuses on diagnosing and treating:
Fungal skin disease
Ringworm, or dermatophytosis, is a fungal infection of the skin that causes circular areas of hair loss. Ringworm is zoonotic, which means it can be transferred to people from pets (and vice versa). Because of this, it is important to seek treatment right away from a veterinarian to prevent spreading the infection. Once infected, ringworm will typically cause hair loss, itching, crusting and scaling of the skin. Our dermatology services can help identify a fungal infection and get your pet on a treatment plan that will help them find relief!
Skin disease associated with endocrine and metabolic disorders
Claw and claw bed diseases
Bacterial skin disease
Parasitic skin disease
Mites, such as Demodex sp., Sarcoptes scabiei (scabies) and ear mites, can also affect your pet. Sarcoptes scabiei mite infestations result in mange and cause hair loss and severe itching. Sarcoptic mange is zoonotic and highly contagious. Demodectic mange (Demodex) is more common in dogs and rarely seen in cats. Unlike Sarcoptic mange, Demodex is normally found in small numbers within the hair follicles of all species. However, when the immune systems is suppressed, these mites can overgrow and cause skin lesions. Our specialty veterinary hospital is equipped to help prevent and treat all types of parasitic skin diseases and work with your primary veterinarian to ensure your pet stays ectoparasite free.
Hair loss (alopecia)
Congenital and hereditary disorders