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Practice Name

Animal Dermatology Center

Primary Location
13125 Ventura blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
Phone: (818) 981-8877
Fax: (818) 981-6935

Office Hours

DayMorningAfternoon
Monday8:00am4:00pm
Tuesday8:00am4:00pm
Wednesday8:00am7:00pm
Thursday8:00am7:00pm
FridayClosedClosed
SaturdayClosedClosed
SundayClosedClosed
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Ectoparasites (other than fleas)

Many insects, including flies, mosquitoes, gnats, ticks, and mites can inhabit or irritate the skin. Some of these insects carry diseases that they transmit to companion animals, causing more illness than the insect bite or sting itself. Very importantly, some of these insects can cause disease in human beings.

The pattern of itch from these insects can be generalized or be highly specific to the feeding patterns of the insect itself. And over time, symptoms that began with specific patterns of itching can generalize as the skin worsens and, especially, if secondary infections develop.

Ectoparasite identification can be easy or it can be challenging. A parasite that resides on the skin may be found in large numbers (Demodex mites) or in very small numbers (Sarcoptes mites). Or they can be difficult to collect in samples for examination (Cheyletiellamites). Dermatitis caused by a parasite that does not reside on the skin, such as mosquitoes or gnats (Culicoides species), can only be diagnosed by accurate history and physical examination. Sometimes the diagnosis is made by treating for a presumptive parasite and noting if symptoms resolve.

It is not uncommon for veterinary dermatologists to be referred cases that have had extensive (and expensive) allergy diagnostics without successful resolution of the itching. Ultimately, for many of these cases, a non-allergy cause of the discomfort is discovered and treated.

Testimonial

Doctor Werner and his entire staff are amazing . I couldn't be more pleased with the compassion and care they gave to my Smokie Bear. Doctor Werner has a special way with animals like nothing I have ever seen before. After 3 ears dealing with chronic ear infections he is now on the road to recovery. If I could give a million stars I would . Thank you so much for helping my sweet boy.

- Sarah Jane G. / Studio City, CA

Office Hours

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DayMorningAfternoon
Monday8:00am4:00pm
Tuesday8:00am4:00pm
Wednesday8:00am7:00pm
Thursday8:00am7:00pm
FridayClosedClosed
SaturdayClosedClosed
SundayClosedClosed

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