Pet Dermatology: Treating Skin Disorders & Allergies in Dogs and Cats in Huntsville, AL

Itchy skin is one of the most common reasons for dogs and cats to see their vet. At Midtown Veterinary Practice, our experience in treating itchy skin and the conditions responsible makes us well-versed in cat and dog allergies, fungal infections, bacterial infections, and various other conditions affecting the skin. We also deeply understand how your pet’s discomfort can be stressful not just for them, but for you as well! That’s why we gladly offer pet dermatology services here in Huntsville, AL to relieve your companion’s symptoms and treat their underlying condition as thoroughly as possible.

Allergies and skin disorders can take a toll on your pet’s quality of life. Call us at (256) 883-4148 or use our online form to request a visit today.

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Understanding Skin Issues & Allergies in Dogs and Cats

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Pets can be prone to allergies and skin irritations just like humans can. Along with being uncomfortable, these conditions can also lead to other, more serious health issues if they aren’t treated. These issues often include secondary bacterial infections of the skin, and possible organ disease if the bacteria enter the bloodstream.

Allergies in pets begin much the same way they do in people. A dog or cat becomes hypersensitive to an allergen such as pollen, fleas, dust mites, or a food ingredient, and their immune system overreacts, producing an itching sensation in the skin (pruritus). Your pet’s only natural response to this itching is to lick, chew, and scratch at the affected area. If they do this frequently enough, they can damage their skin barrier and develop an infection.

Common Signs of Allergies & Skin Conditions in Pets

Dogs and cats can be like humans in various ways, especially when it comes to the illnesses they develop. While it’s always our goal to prevent illness in your pet, life happens, and unexpected conditions can pop up. That’s why our animal hospital is outfitted to address these conditions and provide the necessary medical support.

Conditions we can diagnose and help manage at Midtown Veterinary Practice include:

  • Excessive scratching or licking

  • Red, inflamed skin

  • Recurring ear infections

  • Hair loss or bald patches

  • Skin rashes or hives

  • Swelling of the face, ears, or lips

  • Sneezing, coughing, or wheezing

  • Excessive Scratching or Licking

  • Red, Inflamed Skin

  • Recurring Ear Infections

  • Hair Loss or Bald Patches

  • Skin Rashes or Hives

  • Swelling of Face, Ears, or Lips

  • Sneezing, Coughing, or Wheezing

Treatment Options to Give Your Pet Relief

The treatment of pet allergies and skin conditions usually requires multiple steps. First, we need to accurately diagnose your pet’s condition, and then we need to explore treatment options that are most compatible with your pet’s health, medical history, and condition.

Your pet’s course of treatment may include the following:

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Skin Cytology

A cytologic examination of the skin to check for secondary infections. 

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Prescription Medications

This includes anti-inflammatory and allergy medications.

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Reducing sensitivity to environmental allergens.

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Medicated Baths

For soothing skin and reducing irritation.

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Dietary Management

We can customize your pet's diet to eliminate food allergens.

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Regular Check-Ups

Monitoring your pet's condition and adjusting treatments as needed.

Partner With Us to Keep Your Pet Itch-Free

Living in Huntsville, AL, brings unique environmental challenges that can affect your pet's skin and overall health! If you notice any signs of allergies or skin issues in your pet, don't hesitate to contact us at (256) 883-4148. Our team will partner with you to find the source of your pet’s discomfort and offer treatment solutions compatible with their unique needs.