Like you, pets are affected by seasonal allergies, but pets are more likely to have itching skin than a runny nose or red eyes.

The Dermatology Service at Hope Veterinary Specialists diagnoses and treats allergies (both environmental and food related) in dogs and cats, as well as acute and chronic diseases of the skin and ears, autoimmune diseases, neoplastic disease, endocrine disorders, parasitic skin diseases (such as mange), and fungal infections (such as ringworm). These conditions can often be very frustrating to diagnose and treat, which is why many veterinarians choose to refer their clients to a veterinary dermatologist for long-term management.

The Dermatology Service at Hope VS consists of 2 board-certified dermatologists—Dr. Kevin Shanley, DVM, DACVD, and Dr. Brian Palmeiro, VMD, DACVD—and 4 dermatology nurses. During your initial consultation, the dermatologist will obtain a thorough history and may obtain skin and/or ear cytologies, skin scrapings, and bacterial or fungal cultures.

Some of the more advanced services we offer include video otoscopy, deep ear cleaning under general anesthesia, intradermal allergy testing and allergen-specific immunotherapy, and skin biopsies.

The Dermatology Service at Hope VS is available 5 days a week. Dr. Palmeiro sees patients every other Monday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm and Dr. Shanley has appointments Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays and alternate Mondays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Hours are by appointment only, and we recommend referral from your primary care veterinarian.

Dr. Shanley is not only an excellent dermatologist but a genuinely warm person who spends time with his patients and listens to the owners. He doesn’t rush through your visit which is wonderful. I plan on taking Betsey there for any further treatment even though the hospital is an hour each way. It is well worth the drive.

Joan Nachmani | Wynnewood, PA



To schedule a dermatology appointment, or to talk to a dermatology specialist, please call us at 610.296.2099