SOURCE: Animerge

November 09, 2011 10:00 ET

Raritan Emergency Vet Hospital Announces Dermatology and Allergy Services

RARITAN, NJ--(Marketwire - Nov 9, 2011) - Raritan emergency vet hospital, Animerge announced that the hospital provides pet dermatology and allergy appointments. Dr. Ian Spiegel, a veterinary dermatologist, specializes in the treatment and diagnosis of skin conditions, ear disease and allergies. Dr. Spiegel accepts appointments on Tuesdays from 8:30am to 4:00pm, Thursdays from 8:30am to 7:30pm and one Saturday of each month from 8:30am to 4:00pm. The pet hospital also provides 24-hour emergency animal care, 365 days per year.

Dr. Ian Spiegel, a veterinary dermatologist at Raritan emergency vet clinic, Animerge announced that he is providing dermatology and allergy appointments several days per week.

"A skin disorder or allergy can be incredibly painful for a pet," said Dr. Spiegel. "Unfortunately, many skin disorders have similar symptoms. Since our pets cannot communicate what is bothering them, it is essential that pet owners bring their pets in for prompt diagnostic testing. The sooner we can diagnose the underlying cause, the faster we can provide treatment."

According to Dr. Spiegel, skin diseases, infections, allergic reactions, nutrition deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, and parasites may all cause hair loss and skin disorders.

"Dogs and cats experience allergies differently than humans do," said Dr. Spiegel. "While we sneeze, have runny noses and itchy eyes, pets suffer from itchy skin. Many pets may scratch, chew and bite at their fur in an effort to cope. Unfortunately, this can compound the problem. Pets that chew at their skin leave it moist and susceptible to bacterial and parasitic infections, like mange or ringworm."

Dr. Spiegel says that an environmental irritant or food allergy is often the culprit. However, since many allergies have similar symptoms, he cautioned that extensive dermatological testing is sometimes required to ensure that the underlying cause is correctly identified.

The 24-hour pet clinic provides comprehensive diagnostic testing including allergy testing, skin biopsies and skin scrapings, hair plucks, surface skin cytology, otic exams, endocrine blood work and ear and skin cultures. The clinic also has advanced imaging capabilities, including CT scans, radiographs, MRI and ultrasound imaging technology.

Dr. Spiegel also provides treatment for acute and chronic ear problems. A video otoscopy, deep ear flush, or CT scan to assess the middle ear may assist in diagnosing and treating the ear condition.

"Animals have a highly refined sense of hearing, and damage or pain in the ear can negatively compromise this sense, causing a pet severe pain and frustration," said Dr. Spiegel. "Just like with a skin condition, if a pet owner suspects that their pet is suffering from an ear problem, prompt treatment from a specialist can correct the underlying cause and relieve the pet's pain."

Appointments at the 24-hour pet clinic may be scheduled on Tuesday from 8:30am to 4:00pm, Thursday from 8:30am to 7:30pm, and one Saturday every month from 8:30am to 4:00pm.

Pet owners who wish to learn more about the veterinary dermatology services available at the 24 hour pet clinic may visit the website, The practice also provides 24-hour pet emergency specialty care, 365 days per year.

Contact Information

  • Animerge
    Raritan, NJ