This website serves two purposes. First it is an educational site for pet owners to find information on skin and ear disorders of cats and dogs. Education of pet owners on kinds of ear disease and allergic skin disease are the primary focus of the information presented. There will eventually be information on some less common skin disorders such as autoimmune skin disease.


Contact Details

  City Bensalem, PA
  Zip Code 19020
  Address 4201 Neshaminy Boulevard
  Phone Number (215) 354-9460

From Our Website

Allergy, Ear & Skin Care for Animals (AESCA) is a veterinary practice that specializes in the diagnosis and management of diseases and disorders of the ears and skin. Allergy-related disorders are the most common reason pets are brought to us for care. We also specialize in other disorders that are induced by abnormal or detrimental activity of a pet's immune system. These include immune-mediated and autoimmune disorders. Our goal is to determine the cause of your pet's skin or ear disorder and then start treatment as quickly as possible.


Dr. Byrne and his staff are devoted to giving your pet the best care possible. We understand your concern for your pet's well-being and your desire to make your pet healthy and happy. Let Dr. Byrne put his many years of experience to work for your pet. We work closely with your primary veterinarian and keep your primary veterinarian informed of all procedures and treatments performed for your pet.


Cytology is that branch of life science, which deals with the study of cells in terms of structure, function and chemistry. Dr. Byrne has received extensive training in cytology and performs cytology on specimens from your pet during your visit to AESCA. He then will discuss the results with you and the importance of those results for your pet. Dr. Byrne uses cytology to diagnose infections, tumors, including some forms of skin cancer, inflammatory skin disorders, parasitic skin disorders, ear infections, and hair disorders.


Skin biopsy is the procedure of collecting very small pieces of skin for examination by a dermatopathologist (a pathologist who specializes in skin disease). The purpose of course is to enable the diagnosis of skin diseases such as skin cancer, autoimmune skin disease, blistering skin disorders, infectious skin disorders, and inflammatory skin disorders. Dr. Byrne has worked with collecting and analyzing skin specimens for a variety of skin diseases for many years. He has done research on skin diseases and personally examined hundreds to thousands of skin biopsy samples.


There have never been better flea control products available to pet owners than there are now. Provided that products are used as labeled and applied properly and to all pets in the household, most pet owners should be able to prevent and/or get rid of any fleas if any appear on their pet(s). Entire contents of a tube of a flea product do not make it onto the pet's skin. This can happen if the pet moves before the product can be completely applied, if hair gets in the way (hair not parted), if a tube meant for one pet is split for use on two pets (that does not not work!).


A: Board certification means an individual veterinarian has passed a comprehensive board examination to become a veterinary specialist. These examinations are administered by the particular specialty group, which is overseen by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).It is easy to tell whether a veterinarian is board certified: after their degree(s) you see "ACV_" or "Diplomate ACV_". A: Veterinary dermatologists treat many disorders affecting the skin and ears of animals, including allergies, certain skin cancers, hair disorders, infections, parasitic problems, and others.


Make sure before applying treatment that the medicine can get to the skin and where it has to be. If it sits on top of the discharge it is virtually useless. Cleaning & drying your dog's ears before treatment is essential although irritating at first. Always treat with topical ointments as well when using oral antibiotics in ear disease cases. Oral antibiotics work to stem bacteria growth and secondary infections but in a sustained lower concentration. Topicals add a high dose concentration that is needed in the canine ear canal.