Welcome to the
Pet Dermatology Center.

Now booking appointments. Open 8:15 am to 6:15 pm every Monday through Thursday.

We are excited to announce the launch of the Pet Dermatology Center! As a veterinary dermatology-only practice, we are exclusively focused on your pet’s skin, coat, ears, nails, and allergies.

Conditions We Treat

Allergies

  • Flea
  • Food
  • Environmental

Ear & Skin Infections

  • Bacterial (including MRSP)
  • Fungal
  • Viral
  • Parasitic

Other Conditions

  • Skin cancers
  • Hormone-related diseases
  • Hair and nail diseases
  • Keratinization disorders
  • Inflammatory skin diseases
  • Immune-mediated skin diseases

Fiona Lee, VMD, DACVD, MBA

Our practice is led by Dr. Fiona Lee, a board-certified veterinary dermatologist.

Growing up in Edison, NJ, she developed a passion for science and animals at a very young age. Monthly visits to the Staten Island Zoo as a child turned into a 4-year parental campaign for a dog as a pre-teen, which yielded a 13-year friendship with a beagle who accepted affection in the form of food, and has ultimately led to a lifetime of wanting other pet owners to enjoy that human-animal bond.

Dr. Lee completed a 3-year bachelor's degree in chemistry at New York University and a 4-year veterinary degree at the University of Pennsylvania. Following graduation, she completed a 1-year rotating internship in New York City and a 3-year dermatology residency at the University of Pennsylvania to become a board-certified dermatologist. She is a proud member of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology, the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Lee is also Fear Free Elite certified, which means that she has the knowledge and training to minimize stress and anxiety for your pet's visit.

In her free time, she enjoys a disproportionate amount of eating and swimming.

We're Honored Our Clients Put Their Faith In Us.

"Sensitive To Our Every Need"

“The most professional, respectful, courteous folks and I couldn't have been happier to have them leading us through such an unreal experience. They were sensitive to our every need which was crucial to feeling like we could trust them with such a meaningful and delicate situation. I'd recommend for anyone going through a similar situation.”

Cole R., New York

"Thank You, Thank You, Thank You"

“Could not have hoped for a nicer experience going through the terrible process of saying goodbye to a very much adored member of the family, my sweet kitty Julie. Cannot recommend the staff and Dr. Fisse highly enough. Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping to make this painful time a little more tolerable for my pet and for me.”

Kendra N., New York

"Incredibly professional and caring"

“Dr. Aliza and her assistant were incredibly professional and caring.  We made the call late at night. Dr. Aliza responded within minutes and came to our home the next day. They made a tough situation a little easier for us to manage and for that we are forever grateful.”

Briana F., New York

"Extremely comforting"

“This is an extremely difficult decision any pet owner can make, and Dr. Aliza and her team were extremely nice and comforting.”

Jennifer Q., New York

Frequently Asked Questions

There are many dermatologic diseases that can affect our pets. Here are answers to some common questions:

What is a veterinary dermatologist?

A veterinary dermatologist is an expert in animal dermatologic diseases, including skin, ears, nails, hair, itch, infections, and allergies. In addition to veterinary school, veterinary dermatologists complete a 1-year clinical internship, a 3-year dermatology residency, and an comprehensive board exam to become board-certified. Continuing education is required to maintain diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. This additional training, experience, and knowledge is used alongside thorough review of previous records, focused physical exam of the skin/ears, longer appointment times, frequent follow-up communications, targeted diagnostics and treatments, and collaboration with your primary vet to provide the best care.

Why is my pet's skin infected and/or itchy?

There is almost always an underlying cause, as infections and itch are merely symptoms. These symptoms still need to be managed appropriately for resolution and comfort, but the underlying cause must be addressed to limit recurrence. A veterinary dermatologist works with you to address both short-term and long-term goals for your pet.

Are there life-threatening dermatologic diseases?

Not typically, but many dermatologic diseases are quality-of-life-threatening. We aim to improve the overall comfort and wellbeing of the pet. However, there are some true "dermergencies" or skin symptoms that indicate internal disease. A veterinary dermatologist is trained to help in both the acute and chronic situations.

What are the most common allergies?

Flea allergy is the most common allergy. Fortunately, there are many safe flea preventatives available. Food allergy is more common in very young or middle-aged pets. Currently, strict elimination diet trials are the only way to diagnose food allergies in dogs and cats. Environmental allergies tend to start in young adulthood, but they are not always seasonal depending on the allergens.

What procedures do veterinary dermatologists perform?

Environmental allergy testing is performed as a blood test and/or sedated skin test. It provides valuable information to formulate allergy shots or drops to actually the allergy and not just cover up the symptoms. Testing for food allergies can only be performed with a strict diet trial.  

Anesthetized ear flushes can be both diagnostic (e.g., identifying an ear tumor, obtaining a middle ear culture) and therapeutic (e.g., flushing through a ruptured eardrum, removing a polyp with special equipment). We use a state-of-the-art video otoscope to look into the ear, enabling excellent visualization for the veterinarian and photos/videos for the owner.

Skin biopsies are collected using at least local anesthetic and sometimes sedation for histopathology and/or culture. Samples are sent to a board-certified dermatopathologist (veterinarians exclusively trained to interpret skin biopsies in animals) for review. Biopsies provide a wealth of information for the most challenging skin diseases.

Cryotherapy can be performed on small, typically benign, masses. For example, this procedure is commonly performed on human warts. The freezing temperature from a special device results in targeted intentional tissue damage. The mass usually dries up after a few days, leaving behind relatively normal tissue underneath. Some patients will tolerate cryotherapy awake.

What happens at the first appointment?

Trained veterinary dermatology technicians will obtain a thorough history, comparing notes from primary vet records and clarifying info from your completed online form. The dermatologist then examines your pet and obtains any necessary non-invasive skin cytology (e.g., a hair pluck, impression slide, or tape prep). The dermatologist reviews with you these diagnostic findings, possible underlying diseases, potential treatments, any further necessary diagnostics, associated costs, and expected follow-up. Together, an individual plan is made specifically for your pet.