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Specialty Vet Services in Atlanta, GA

When your pet needs referral-based specialty care, you can trust the experienced veterinary staff at Atlanta Veterinary Specialists. We focus exclusively on advanced specialty care and work closely with your family veterinarian to create a comprehensive care plan tailored to your pet’s needs.

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Dr. Schick is so thorough. She takes plenty of time and makes sure you understand the diagnosis and treatment. The customer service by everyone in the office is outstanding.”
-AVS dermatology client

Dermatology

Atlanta Veterinary Specialists offers a full range of services to treat even the most challenging veterinary dermatology cases. Every day our skilled dermatology team puts their knowledge, experience and love for animals to work so your pet can receive the most advanced treatment options. 

If your pet is experiencing any of the following symptoms, they may benefit from seeing a veterinary dermatologist. 

  • Scratching and licking
  • Hot spots and hair loss
  • Chewing and biting
  • Red, irritated skin
  • Red, runny eyes
  • Crusting
  • Waking up at night to scratch or chew

If you notice these signs and symptoms, ask your veterinarian about a referral to our veterinary dermatologist. Our compassionate dermatology team helps pets find relief from conditions such as:

  • Allergies
  • Bacterial or fungal infections
  • Parasites
  • Hormonal problems
  • Skin cancer

Our Dermatology Services for Pets

Our hospital offers the following dermatology services to diagnose, treat and manage dermatological conditions in pets:

  • Allergy testing to detect inhalant and food allergies.
  • Computerized tomography (CT scans) to obtain advanced 3D images of your pet’s ear canal.
  • Laser surgery for pinpoint accuracy when treating tumors and skin lesions. Laser surgery allows us to use unconscious sedation instead of placing patients under anesthesia.
  • Video otoscopy to record digital video and camera images of your pet’s ears using a high-resolution otoscopic camera. This allows us to see deep into the ear canal and identify areas of concern, perform deep ear canal cleansing flushes and see debris being removed from the ears using a state-of-the-art ear cleaning system.

Interior photo of Johns Creek hospital.

Dr. Schick has totally restored the quality of life for our cat and therefore us. The staff is so friendly and knowledgeable and they treat the animal patient and the parents of the animal. My husband and I will always be grateful for what AVS did for us. Our cat who was once in pain and isolated from the other pets is now playing and developing other cat friends in the family because he is well!”
-AVS dermatology client

Preparing for Your Pet’s Dermatology Appointment

In order to properly assess your pet, we ask that you please:

  • Avoid bathing your pet one week before your appointment.
  • Stop giving your pet steroids or antihistamines (oral or topical) two weeks before your appointment. (This is preferred but not required. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us.)

Diagnostic Imaging

Our radiology service performs many non-invasive and minimally invasive diagnostic procedures. These services give us unique, non-invasive opportunities for evaluating various diseases. 

The diagnostic imaging team at Atlanta Veterinary Specialists offers advanced imaging through multiple systems, including:

  • Computed tomography (CT) scanning
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Digital x-ray technology
  • Video otoscopy

Feline Radiotherapy – Radioiodine I-131 Treatment

If your cat is experiencing symptoms like behavioral changes, weight loss, fever, rapid heartbeat, excessive shedding, or diarrhea, they may have hyperthyroidism.

Similar to humans, cats have a thyroid gland that regulates their metabolism. If the gland develops a tumor (almost all are non-cancerous), hyperthyroidism can occur. Untreated, this condition can be fatal.

Our radiotherapy service is provided by Feline Radiotherapy Treatment Center. Please call 770.407.3000 for appointments and scheduling.