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Veterinary Dermatology

Common Skin Conditions & Pet Allergies

If your pet is frequently itching, scratching or biting his skin, he may be suffering from an allergy or skin condition. Wythe Care Veterinary Service is able to treat common skin conditions and pet allergies, addressing both the underlying cause for your pet’s discomfort as well as providing immediate relief from painful symptoms. Our veterinarian Dr. Leedy has experience treating pet allergies and skin conditions. We offer advanced diagnostic tests to help to precisely identify the skin condition affecting your pet and take immediate steps to relieve your pet’s pain.

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Veterinary Dermatology

Your dog or cat can suffer from the same seasonal allergies that affect humans. Allergic dermatitis is one of the most common conditions affecting pets. Pollen, mold, ragweed and dust mites may trigger pet allergies. Rather than experiencing watery eyes or congestion, however, pets suffer from itchy skin. Repeated biting and scratching creates irritated, moist skin that is susceptible to secondary bacterial infections. Prompt treatment for pet allergies is essential to relieving a pet’s painful itching symptoms and preventing secondary skin infections or more complex dermatological problems.

Food allergies to common pet food ingredients, including various meats, dairy, soy, wheat and other grains, also cause pets to itch or scratch their skin. In addition to itchy skin, food allergies can trigger gastrointestinal upset and ear inflammation. Pets with a food allergy may bite or scratch at their skin, frequently bite or lick their paws, and even drag their rear across the ground in an attempt to scratch it. Since pets with food allergies are often allergic to more than one food ingredient, diagnosing a food allergy can be a complicated process. We offer food trials and/or allergy testing to help diagnose these food allergies.

Fleas are another cause of allergies and can be found year round.  Flea saliva can be very irritating to a pet's skin when they are allergic to it.  Pets will be itchy, with hair loss primarily on the rump and hind limbs with dogs, and with a cat you may see scratching and excessive grooming leading to hair loss and a scabby dermatitis on the whole body.  Fleas are particularly difficult to eliminate from the environment.  Please consult with Dr. Leedy before purchasing any flea medications available at your local stores, to be sure you are treating with an appropriate product, and for the correct size and weight of your pet. We have a wide selection of products that are proven effective, and we will help tailor the treatment with products to suit your pet's needs.  We can also advise you of how to treat your environment without making your pet ill.

Our veterinarian has experience diagnosing and treating pet allergies, both those caused by food and by environmental allergens, as well as by fleas. If you suspect that your pet is suffering from an allergy, schedule an appointment with Dr. Leedy as soon as possible. Diagnostic tests or an allergen elimination diet may be necessary to precisely identify the cause for your pet’s allergies. Once the allergen triggers are identified, Dr. Leedy can  work closely with the pet owner to create a custom treatment plan. Depending on the trigger, this may include a dietary change, reduced exposure to a seasonal allergy, treatment of the pet and environment for parasites, medication to manage allergy symptoms, or referral to a specialist for difficult to resolve cases.

In addition to treating pet allergies, our veterinary team also treats common skin conditions such as mange and ringworm. Ringworm is a common bacterial infection that can affect both cats and dogs. Pets with a ringworm infection have circular lesions on their limbs and head. The skin will be flaky and some pets may even appear to be “bald.” Ringworm can easily spread to other pets and humans, so prompt treatment is critical. Mange is caused by tiny parasites called mites; symptoms of mange include intense scratching and biting of the skin.

If your pet is itching, scratching or biting his skin, schedule an appointment with our veterinary team today!