A fur coat gives your pet some advantages, but it can also hide parasites and other problems. You may occasionally see your pet scratching themselves, but if the scratching continues, they could have more than a simple itch. Many pets suffer from skin conditions caused by mites, fleas or allergies. Pet allergies are very common, but the source of your pet's allergies can vary. Our veterinary team in Ocala can implement state-of-the-art diagnostic tools to determine the cause of your pet’s skin problem. Furthermore, we can choose an appropriate treatment to alleviate their discomfort and help them heal.
Allergies in Pets
Raw, red skin and continuous scratching are common signs of pet allergies. Other signs include runny eyes, sneezing, and inflammation of the paws (pododermatitis). If you see any of these symptoms in your pet, please let us know. The sooner we treat your pet, the sooner they can heal.
Excessive scratching and licking can damage the skin barrier and lead to infection. Consult with your veterinarian, who will ask about your pet’s diet, exposure to allergens, flea prevention, and more to narrow down the possibilities.
Common conditions we treat at our hospital include:
- Fungal and bacterial infections
- Hot spots
- Flea-allergic dermatitis
- Food allergies
- Contact allergies
We offer a number of diagnostics to help us isolate the cause of your pet’s condition. These include:
- Skin scraping
- Skin culture
- Tape prep cytology
- Ear cytology
- Ear culture
- Allergy testing
Treating Your Pet’s Skin Condition
Once we have determined the source of your pet’s skin problem, we can build a treatment plan to manage the symptoms and allow them time to heal. This could include anti-itch medication, antibiotics, or even a hypoallergenic diet. We also offer allergen immunotherapy to reduce allergy symptoms.
Managing your pet's condition may take time and require routine follow-ups so we can monitor their progress. Relieving the itch is crucial, as this will reduce scratching and prevent further skin barrier damage. If you notice any scabs, rashes, bald or scaly patches, or any other changes in your pet’s coat and skin, call us today at 352-867-5553.