For some pets, occasional scratching turns into something more, resulting in irritated, sore, and infected skin. To stop the scratching, the itching must be controlled. And that requires identifying and treating the underlying problem. Your primary veterinarian can usually treat your pet’s skin problem, but some can become chronic and difficult to diagnose. Then your veterinarian may decide to refer you to a board-certified veterinary dermatologist for specialized care. Many skin diseases look alike, having only subtle differences in appearance and historical background. Our specialists are trained to recognize these differences and pursue a specific diagnostic and therapeutic plan. We strive to stay current on newly recognized diseases and therapies.