Skin and Allergy Services

Dogs and cats have allergies too! Atopic dermatitis is an itchy skin disease of dogs and cats. In atopic dermatitis, an allergic reaction occurs when a pet inhales airborne substances (pollen, mold or house dust) or eats a substance to which they are sensitive. The allergic reaction causes the animal to itch, resulting in rubbing, licking, biting or scratching.

The itching may be localized to certain areas or may be over their entire body. Usually the feet, face, ears, armpits and front legs are affected. If your pet has a flea allergy, their rump, tail, groin and thigh area are usually affected.

rrvet-dog2In addition to allergies, there are many skin diseases that affect dogs and cats. These skin conditions can only be diagnosed after more common hormonal abnormalities are excluded. If your pet is exhibiting any of these symptoms or is suffering from hair loss or other skin conditions, please contact us. We will thoroughly examine your pet and discuss further diagnostic testing and treatment options with you.