Rowan Vets offers a dermatology referral service for registered patients. This service is with Laura Underwood GPCertDerm BVSc MRCVS, who is an Advanced Practitioner (AP) currently in the process of applying for AP status with the RCVS. Once approved, she will appear on an approved list of just 12 in the UK.

Our Veterinary Surgeons will assess your pet’s condition and may recommend a referral to Laura for more specialised investigations or treatment.

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Your pet’s skin

The skin is an important part of any pet’s anatomy; it is the biggest organ of the body, making up 12 – 24% of the animal’s overall weight.

Your pet’s skin provides protection from infection, controls their temperature, and gives your pet their sense of touch. The skin is a complex organ and there’s a lot that can go wrong with it.


Cases that fall under dermatology referral include:

  • Itchy pets
  • Lumps and bumps
  • Wound management
  • Any changes to the skin, nails, or anal sacs
  • Hormonal diseases such as Cushing’s, hypothyroidism etc
  • Ear disease including recurrent ear infections


Skin allergies


The most common cause of allergic skin is flea allergies. To be more specific, it’s an allergy to the protein in the flea saliva that causes a reaction. Owners should ensure they have a regular and effective flea treatment regime in place to minimise this risk.

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Another common allergy is canine atopic dermatitis, which in simple terms means allergies to environmental irritants such as pollen and house dust.


Disorders of the skin can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are very similar. The most common signs that your pet may be suffering with an allergy are:

  • An increase in grooming
  • Thin or balding patches
  • A dull or greasy coat
  • Persistent itching and scratching
  • Dry or flaky skin
  • Redness and inflammation

Other common signs that your pet is allergic are recurring ear infections and other recurring issues with the ears.


Working with Laura Underwood, Rowan’s veterinary team can offer a range of treatment options depending on your pet’s condition and individual requirements. Book an appointment with one of our Vets to asses your pet.

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