At Lee’s Veterinary Hospital, skin issues and allergic reactions are one of the more common conditions that we see on a regular basis. Just like humans, animals are susceptible to skin irritations from a variety of outside and inside sources. Skin allergies are triggered by a number of sources, including fleas, certain foods and contact allergens such as grass and pollen. How do you know when you should contact Lee’s Veterinary Hospital for an appointment concerning your pet’s skin? You should bring your pet in if you notice: loss of hair (alopecia), skin redness, scaly skin, recurrent infections of the skin, and if you notice constant scratching and whining from your animal. All of these conditions can affect your pet’s quality of life.
Upon examination, our experienced doctors will take a skin scrape sample and analyze it using our diagnostic lab to identify common skin disorders. If needed, our staff can also perform a biopsy and send the sample off to be examined. Our compassionate doctors will offer your pet solutions based on the cause of the irritation. If your pet’s problems are related to food, our doctors can recommend a hypoallergenic diet that may resolve your pet’s issue. Other treatments may come in pill or topical forms, including medications that can be applied by the owner to the pet’s skin or through medicinal bathing. Other common allergies include flea allergies that could be treated through medicated baths and flea prevention to help your pet stay healthy and flea-free.
The doctors at Lee’s Veterinary Hospital have years of successful treatment of allergies in pets. If you live in Cullman, Vinemont, Fairview, West Point, or Good Hope, Alabama, call us to schedule an appointment today if you feel your pet may be suffering from allergies.