Dr. Melissa Eisenschenk is a board-certified veterinary dermatologist. She completed her Bachelor of Science with minors in Animal Science and Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin- River Falls and attended veterinary school at the University of Minnesota. After vet school, she was in private practice for 4 years in Rochester and Minneapolis, and then returned in 2006 to the University of Minnesota for a dermatology residency (3 year program) and Master’s degree. She passed dermatology board exams in 2009. Dr. Eisenschenk worked out of the Oakdale Animal Emergency and Referral Center as a Veterinary Dermatologist for 3.5 years before starting Pet Dermatology Clinic.
The skin is the window to the soul. There are many dietary, allergic, and internal diseases in animals that manifest with ear and skin abnormalities. Veterinary dermatologists have extensive training to diagnose and treat these underlying conditions and bring relief to animals who are suffering.
The following is a list of common services a veterinary dermatologist performs:
- Diagnose and manage allergic, infectious, hormonal, or autoimmune skin diseases
- Provide relief for itching, scratching, licking, head shaking, and self-mutilation
- Determine the cause of hair loss
- Perform removals of small skin growths without the need for general anesthesia
- Perform skin testing to see what your pet is allergic to
- Prescribe food trials to diagnose and treat food allergies
- Manage chronic or recurrent ear diseases
- Perform specialized middle ear flushing