Allergies & Dermatology

Have you noticed your four-legged friend scratching a bit more than usual lately? Perhaps you’ve noticed a few bald spots or scabs along your pet’s skin? Has your furbaby been licking, biting or chewing at a certain area of his or her body excessively?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, chances are your loved one may be experiencing an allergy or other type of dermatological problem. Just like humans, companion animals are susceptible to many of the same conditions that affect their skin, ears or feet – along with many of the same unpleasant symptoms and side effects – like itching, discomfort and even pain. Skin problems can even impact your pet’s quality of life.

The good news is the team at Blue Ridge Animal Hospital is here to help! We are experienced in pinpointing the precise cause of your pet’s condition so we can develop the most effective treatment plan possible. We’ll start with one of our proven diagnostic techniques – be it a blood test, skin scraping, cytology or biopsy – which will help us solve the mystery behind your pet’s symptoms.

Some of the many dermatological issues we can provide assistance with include:

  • Allergies
  • Dermatitis
  • Infections
  • Parasites
  • Chronic Ear Infections
  • Hormonal Issues
  • Diseases of the Feet
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Tumors
  • Skin Cancer

Once we’ve narrowed it down and determined exactly what we’re dealing with, we’ll get to work developing a treatment plan that will get us the best possible results. Our goal is always to eliminate symptoms altogether whenever possible. However, if it is determined that your pet’s condition cannot be cured but only managed, we will work with you to develop a treatment plan that will help reduce symptoms and side effects as much as possible, thereby improving your pet’s quality of life.

Allergies are a unique situation in and of themselves, as they require further evaluation and detailed planning. We will start by identifying the type of allergy that is affecting your pet (either food or environmental), and then come up with a strategy to reduce and/or remove allergy triggers from your companion’s life. In many cases, we are able to recommend simple lifestyle changes that can help overcome an allergy without the need for medication.

If you believe that your loved one may be experiencing a problem with his or her skin, ears or feet, you can get them the help they need right away by contacting us. Our professional pet allergy and dermatology services can help your pet live a happier, more comfortable life.