Pet Dermatology

Pet Allergies in Annandale

Skin conditions affect cats and dogs alike, and can arise from any number of internal or external factors. You may not pay much attention to your pet’s scratching at first, but if it continues and begins to drive you crazy, they might have a larger problem. Our veterinary team in Annandale can help you find the cause of your pet’s incessant itching, and work out a treatment to manage their condition. Consider your pet’s constant scratching to be a cry for help, not an annoyance—as your beloved family member, they deserve to be as comfortable as possible.

Pet Dermatology Services We Offer in Annandale

Many skin disorders in pets are allergy-related. Pet allergies can stem from their diet, direct contact with certain allergens such as dust mites and mold spores, or flea bites, to name a few. We offer the following pet dermatology services to diagnose the cause of their condition:

  • Allergy testing
  • Food trials
  • Allergy injections
  • Skin scraping
  • Ointments/sprays/drops
  • Medicated shampoos
  • Specialized drug therapies
Pet Allergies in Annandale

Common Symptoms of Skin Problems in Pets

Excessive scratching is not the only sign of a skin disorder in your canine or feline family member. Other symptoms include:

  • Hair loss
  • Hot spots
  • Skin infections
  • Rough, scaly patches
  • Dandruff
  • Excessive licking at affected areas
  • Bad ear odor
  • Raw, red skin
Pet Allergies in Annandale

Dermatological Conditions We Can Treat

Allergies are not the only cause of skin conditions—there are many culprits that could be responsible for your pet’s extreme discomfort, such as:

  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Ringworm
  • Sarcoptic mange
  • Demodectic mange
  • Ear mites
  • Flea allergy dermatitis
  • Seborrhea (causes dandruff and a greasy coat)
  • Lick granulomas

Planning Your Pet’s Treatment

A full physical exam and discussion about your pet’s diet, home environment, socialization with other animals, and overall lifestyle are necessary for us to narrow down probable causes of your pet’s condition. Once we have made the most accurate diagnosis possible, we can develop a plan of action that could involve a change in diet, allergy injections, medicated shampoos, or a combination of treatments. Allergy-related skin conditions cannot be fully cured, but we can help manage the symptoms to keep pets comfortable.

If you believe your animal companion requires our pet dermatology services, we will be glad to offer you our compassion and expertise to improve their quality of life. Give us a call today at (703) 256-8414 to schedule your pet’s visit.