dog and cat dermatology in Crossville, TN

Allergy Relief and Pet Dermatology Services in Cookeville and Crossville, TN

One of the most common problems facing pets in our area is allergies. Allergies often lead to itchy skin in pets, which causes constant scratching and discomfort, and the potential for a secondary skin infection. At Best Friends Veterinary Hospital, we are happy to provide pet dermatology services for dogs and cats to help relieve allergies and treat any existing skin disorders. Our goal is to develop a treatment plan suited to your pet's needs so we can improve their health and quality of life.

If your pet is struggling with itchy skin, schedule an appointment with us so we can help!

Common Symptoms of Allergies in Dogs and Cats

Here in Cookeville and Crossville, we regularly see pets with itchy skin and ears, often due to allergies. However, there are a variety of symptoms and behaviors to look out for, including:

  • Scratching, chewing, or licking at the skin
  • Red, raw skin
  • Hair loss due to constant licking or scratching
  • Runny eyes and nose
  • Rubbing at ears and face
  • Red or irritated eyes
  • Unpleasant odor from the infected skin or ears


What Are Common Causes of Allergies in Pets

There are a variety of allergens out there that affect dogs and cats, similar to the types of allergens that affect humans. Some of the ones we commonly identify with our patients include:

  • Pet/human dander
  • Food ingredients such as beef, chicken, and eggs
  • Dairy or soy products
  • Fleas
  • Pollen, grass, and mold spores
  • Dust and dust mites
  • Dyes and other chemicals


How Does Our Team Provide Relief?

Our pet dermatology services begin with a thorough physical examination and discussion of any possible allergens your pet may have encountered. We can provide serum allergy testing as well to verify which allergen(s) might be responsible for your pet's discomfort. If we can identify the allergen, we will create a treatment plan to limit your pet's exposure to the allergen and relieve their itchy, irritated skin. Allergies cannot be cured permanently, but they can be managed! Our team at Best Friends Veterinary Hospital is here to help. Contact us today if you have any questions or need to see a vet to treat your pet's itching.

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