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Dog Dermatology


Jeff Buswell, DVM
Field Tech Service Veterinarian

The skin (dermis) is the largest organ in the body and plays an important role as a barrier against the external environment. Skin conditions are consistently among the top pet insurance claims from pet owners.¹ 

Atopy is one of the major underlying causes of allergic dermatitis in pets2, and many cases are treated with systemic medications.  Topical shampoo therapies can be a big help with the management of these cases by washing off potential allergens, soothing and moisturizing the skin, and providing ingredients (ceramides, free fatty acids and cholesterol) to help with repair of the disrupted skin barrier.  Topical steroids can also play an important role by helping to control the itching and inflammation associated with allergic skin diseases. 

Superficial pyoderma (skin infections) is a condition that can be effectively treated with topical therapy3, and our medicated shampoos with S-I-S SKIN INNOVATIVE SCIENCE® Technology contain two unique technologies (Glycotechnology & Defensin Technology) to help the skin defend itself and maintain a normal, healthy microbial balance.

Proper ear cleaning (as part of a regular grooming regimen) can help maintain healthy ears, and our ear cleanser is specifically designed to aid in this by removing cellular debris and restoring microbial balance in the ear.  If acute inflammation or infection (otitis externa - OE) is present, it is important to prescribe a topical medication that contains an effective steroid to reduce inflammation (a primary cause of acute OE), as well as both antibacterial and antifungal components.

With over thirty years of expertise in dermatology, our teams here have developed and continuously update products that can help with these conditions.


  1. Nationwide Pet Health Zone. Top 10 reasons Pets Visit Vets,, [Accessed February 18, 2020]
  2. Gedon, Natalie Katharina Yvonne, and Ralf Steffen Mueller. “Atopic Dermatitis in Cats and Dogs: a Difficult Disease for Animals and Owners.” Clinical and Translational Allergy, BioMed Central, 5 Oct. 2018,
  3. Bajwa, Jangi. “Canine Superficial Pyoderma and Therapeutic Considerations.” The Canadian Veterinary Journal = La Revue Veterinaire Canadienne, Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, Feb. 2016,


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