At Sparta Veterinary Services, some of the more common disorders that we see on a regular basis include skin conditions such as mange and allergic reactions. Typically, when an animal is suffering from irritation of the skin, they are likely to exhibit excessive scratching, biting, licking, hair loss, scabs, or dandruff. When the skin is inflamed and is causing constant irritation, it can be miserable for pets and their owners alike.
Classic triggers of allergy symptoms include food, flea saliva, dust, mites, plant and grass pollens, molds and fungi. Once your pet’s allergies are activated, inflammation and irritation of the skin, and possibly the development of a secondary skin infection, makes the irritation even worse. To understand what is causing an allergic reaction in your pet, our veterinarian will perform allergy tests similar to those used for humans to determine the cause of the allergies. He will then consult with you to develop a treatment protocol for your pet.
Veterinary medicine has come a long way in alleviating the discomfort of skin ailments through medicated shampoos, topical solutions, and prescription oral medications. There are also new oral allergy medications for dogs that are extremely safe and effective for both short and long-term use.
If your pet appears to be suffering from a skin condition, schedule an appointment for an evaluation with Sparta Veterinary Services. We serve pets and pet parents living in Sparta, Tennessee, as well as White, Warren, Van Buren, Putnam, and DeKalb counties.