Klaus E. Loft

  • Webinar recorded on Thu 29th May, 2014
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Born and raised in Copenhagen Denmark, Graduated from the Royal Agricultural & Veterinary University in 1999 Started out working in general small animal practice in rural Denmark for a few years before working more exclusively with Dermatology from 2001 at The Regional Small Animal Hospital in Helsingborg, Sweden. Moved in 2003 into an Amanuensis position teaching clinical Dermatology at his Alma mater before starting an official ACVD recognized Dermatology Residency at Michigan State University in 2005. Since 2007 residing in Boston, Massachusetts, USA where he has worked for a large profit referral Hospital (VCA, Shot Shore) in South Boston and in 2011 started up the Angell Dermatology service. Angell is part of the SPCA (Massachusetts SPCA), which celebrates its centennial in 2015. Currently working in a 2-doctor dermatology referral service full time, the service is part of the 65+ Doctor-Hospital. Special interests within dermatology are Feline dermatology and ear diseases and their management in both dogs and cats.

As clinicians we see lots of ear problems every day and we have to deal with the complications and situations caused by these ear problems when our patients are in pain and discomfort. Leading our clients to be concerned with our skills and ability to treat which frustrates us and our staff! Paraphrasing a 6th battle” So I hope this lecture will give a chance to enhance your insight and understanding into ear problems by sharing some of my experiences and techniques I have found to be helpful in managing these patients The ears or the vestibulocochlear organ have many important functions for animals in general. Obviously heavily involved in the transformation of sound and any interference with integrity of the ear canal will have an effect on this ability, our patients rarely express this but rather the discomfort from inflammation, swelling, infection or pain associated with the ear We (the human species) have “successfully” managed to alter the ear design through breeding of specific pheno-typical characteristics such as: hair coats (colour, length and type) the shape and conformation of the head and/or ears. This interference rarely causes ear disease directly, but as we can take some of the blame for the ear problems our pets endure as the changes often delay or mask detection of symptoms. Since the ear and surrounding zone have proven to be a “hot zone” for allergic skin disease symptoms and hence forth create an area rich in opportunities for clinicians to manage and treat.

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