Pet Dermatology in St. Petersburg, FL

Issues and Relief.

Pictured: “Marlow” and “Rosco” Baldwin
Pictured: “Marlow” and “Rosco” Baldwin

From ear infections to itchy rashes, skin conditions and allergic reactions in your pet are more common than you might think. Pets’ skin can suffer rashes, hair loss, parasites, growths, and infections. You can tell a lot about your pet’s overall health by the condition of their skin, so it’s crucial that you bring your pet in for a dermatology checkup if you notice any signs of irritation or irregularities.  

When it comes to veterinary dermatology, the primary goal is identifying the root of the problem. In some cases, the cause may be clear. A simple skin test can often reveal the presence of a fungal infection or parasites, such as lice, mites, or fleas. In other cases, such as irritation caused by unknown allergies, identifying the cause of irritation may require some trial and error.

We provide a number of diagnostic tools including skin scrapes, skin cytology, biopsies, and dermatophyte tests. We can then prescribe the most effective medications and treatment plans to resolve your pet's skin issues.

Skin Allergies in Cats and Dogs

Did you know that our pets can suffer from allergies just like we do? Our furry friends can be allergic to just as many things as we can. Pollen and other airborne allergens are the most common sources of allergies in pets. Some pets become allergic to non-seasonal allergens, such as mold or fungus. Animals can also develop allergies to certain ingredients in their food or grooming products.

Allergies are common in pets, amongst dogs especially. Typical symptoms of allergies in dogs and cats include:

  • Excessive itching
  • Biting at skin and paws
  • Ear infections
  • Swollen, pink skin
  • Fur loss
  • Coughing and/or sneezing 
  • Discharge from the eyes or nose
  • Vomiting and diarrhea 

While some of these are more general symptoms if your pet consistently experiences one or more of these symptoms it could be an indication that your pet is dealing with allergies.

There are many affordable options for the treatment of allergies in your pet, including antihistamines, hypoallergenic shampoos, specialized diets, and topical treatments.  Whether your pet’s allergies are long-term or seasonal, our team can prescribe the treatment best suited to bring your pet relief.  

How to Treat Skin Allergies with Dermatology

Getting a diagnosis is the first step in any treatment plan. Once one of our veterinarians determines what is causing your pet’s discomfort, they will assign a course of treatment. 

If your dog or cat has seasonal allergies, the best solution may be to administer allergy-inhibiting medications during peak allergy season for your pet. Temporary allergies caused by environmental factors can also be relieved through topical treatments and antibiotics.  

Year-round allergies may require a different, long-term approach, such as allergy shots. Atopic, meaning inherited, allergies are typically chronic, but some of their symptoms can be mitigated through various treatments, such as medicated baths, supplements, and prescription medication. 

For more chronic skin conditions, such as those caused by immunodeficiencies, your dermatologist will work one-on-one with you to find an effective solution. 

Pet Dermatology in St. Petersburg, Florida

Every pet is different, so if you feel that your pet has an allergy, reach out to us at Northeast Animal Hospital, and we will work with you to recommend a course of treatment tailored to your pet's unique condition. Contact us today at 727-822-8501 to schedule an appointment or learn more.

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