Pet Dermatology and skin issues pose a diagnostic challenge because all skin diseases have very similar appearances. Itchy, inflamed skin is usually a symptom, not a disease.

The question: Symptom of what disease? Often itchy, inflamed skin is due to allergies, but these can be inhaled, by contact or from food. Dr. Murphy has extensive advanced training in dermatology and will guide you through the history, tests and treatments needed to make your pet comfortable and beautiful again.

Along with graduate study in internal medicine and animal surgery for cats and dogs, Dr. Joel Murphy is one of the first veterinarians in the world to be board certified in exotic bird medicine. Dr. Murphy remains one of the few professionals in the world trained in microsurgical procedures for birds and exotics. His dermatology issue experience helps our Palm Harbor vet clinic serve as a valuable Palm Harbor resource for owners of cats, dogs and their most exotic pets, including birds.

Palm Harbor Vet Clinic Diagnoses Skin Problem Causes

Our Palm Harbor animal hospital staff is trained in dermatological examinations and testing to identify the type of skin disease affecting your pet. We concentrate on making accurate diagnoses, which like appropriate vaccinations, are necessary to prevent or treat specific problems or diseases. Correctly diagnosing the cause of skin conditions allows our veterinarian to create the best treatment program for your pet.

Dermatological diseases in pets are as extensive and complicated as human skin diseases. Common causes of allergies include pollens, molds, food, contact, demodectic or sarcoptic mange, staph infections, ringworm, drug-related reactions, or multiple dermatitis issues. Our animal clinic staff will test to identify the specific cause of your pet’s allergies to treat and cure the problem. We specialize in allergy diagnosis and treatment including RAST diagnosis, drug therapy, holistic therapy, cold laser therapy and medicated baths and topical treatments.

Geography and weather also play a role in creating or avoiding pet skin issues. Many skin diseases are geographically based in a climate like Palm Harbor. We have many pets that come from other parts of the United States for the winter. Dr. Murphy is highly trained in diseases common in other parts of the United States, as well as Florida skin disease that pets get in Palm Harbor.


Along with expertise in different surgeries and exotic bird care, Dr. Murphy has years of experience with skin problems in Florida pet residents. He has successfully diagnosed skin diseases affecting dogs, cats, birds, and the most exotic pets. In the troubling world of dermatology issues, correctly diagnosing the source of the problem is critical to prescribing the right vaccinations, topical symptom treatment or medication to cure the condition.

Should you use our pet boarding services, we might discover a skin issue while your pet is a guest at our Palm Harbor animal hospital. Our staff sometimes notices issues while boarding and bathing your animal. Our veterinarian can then examine your pet to learn the source of irritation.

If your pet experiences a dermatological problem,
please call us at (727) 784-0558 for a consultation.

Your pet may not need animal surgery or other invasive procedures, but we will diagnose and treat your pet properly, using high level training and years of experience.

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