Allergies and a range of skin conditions affect cats and dogs just as they do people. When symptoms don’t respond to treatment, our board-certified veterinary dermatologist can help. Dr. Loren Candito, DVM, DACVD, has extensive advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of allergic disorders as well as the treatment of disorders of the ears, skin, nails, and hair.

While your general practice veterinarian can address many routine skin and ear issues, certain conditions can be difficult to diagnose and treat. Therefore in these cases, a veterinary dermatology specialist can help to diagnose your pet’s condition and set up a plan for long-term management, if necessary.

  • allergies (food allergy, environmental allergies, contact allergy, flea allergy)
  • skin infections (bacterial, fungal, parasitic, atypical infections)
  • autoimmune skin disease
  • skin cancer
  • endocrine diseases of the skin
  • alopecia (hair loss) disorders
  • recurrent or non-resolving ear infections
  • conditions affecting the nails.

Veterinary dermatologists have specialized training in procedures including but not limited to: 

  • Cytology
  • Skin scraping
  • Skin biopsies for dermatohistopathology
  • Video otoscopy, myringotomy
  • Small mass removals without general anesthesia
  • Environmental allergy testing via intradermal testing
  • Fungal and bacterial cultures

Does your dog have allergies?  Symptoms of allergies include: scratching, rubbing, licking, biting, hair loss, and flaky skin. Portland Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Care is participating in a clinical trial for a potential new treatment of Atopic Dermatitis (skin allergies) in dogs.  The study is sponsored by a well-recognized animal health company, which will use the data collected as part of an animal drug approval application to the US Food and Drug Administration. Patients are needed for this study and they must meet specific eligibility requirements, including some restrictions on recent medications and therapies.  The study will last ~ 4 months. All required diagnostic work, study medication, and veterinary care will be provided free of charge.   In addition, owners of eligible dogs will receive a generous reward to thank them for their time and effort. To learn more about the study or to see if your dog might qualify please ask your veterinarian or email the Dermatology service at, attention: Dermatology study. Please visit for more information.