Our much-anticipated "Live Nude Dogs" shirts have arrived at the clinic. All shirts have been printed on a high quality, black tee shirt. We have most sizes readily available. Contact us to order.
Dr. Charity Miller, a native Floridian, was born and raised in Englewood, FL. After graduating high school in 2002, she attended FSC for 2 year before transferring to Auburn... [more info]
Join us in supporting "Bark for a Cause" through the Susan G. Komen Foundation and American Cancer Society. Pink or blue ribbon "Bark for a Cause" collars and key chains are now sold.
We now offer CareCredit for special financing and low monthly payment options, no up-front costs, and no-prepayment penalties so you can keep your pet healthy and happy.
Itchy skin and allergies are a very common problem in dogs and cats. In Florida, we see allergies year round. There are three main types of allergies: fleas, environmental, and food.
By far, the most common of these is flea allergy. Even if you don't see fleas on your pet, he or she may be suffering from a flea allergy. Just one bite from a flea can be enough to set off excessive itching and chewing. Fleas can easily come in your house on you or your pets. For this reason, we recommend monthly flea prevention for all pets, even the ones who stay indoors! Also remember, if you are seeing fleas on your pet, they are already in your house, and you must treat your house and yard as well!
We also see many pets who suffer from environmental allergies, such as grass, weeds, and pollen. Some animals have a seasonal allergy, while others suffer year round. Many pets will have a skin infection, called a pyoderma, secondary to the allergy. Treatment for an environmental allergy will vary with each individual pet, but often includes antihistamines, antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, and medicated baths.
Last, but not least, we do see several cases of food allergies each month. Food allergies usually develop between one and three years of age. Most commonly, dogs and cats are allergic to proteins, such as chicken, turkey, pork, or beef, or carbohydrates, such as corn or wheat. Food allergy is treated by exclusively feeding a novel protein or hydrolyzed protein diet.
Other differentials for itchy skin can include sarcoptic mange, demodectic mange, ringworm, autoimmune disease, and endocrine disease. Based on your pet's examination, we may make diagnostic recommendations such as skin scraping, bloodwork, and/or skin culture and biopsy to rule these out.
Please make an appointment today if your pet is itchy! The longer skin problems go untreated the more severe the clinical signs can become. During your appointment, we will discuss your pet's specific issues and come up with an individual treatment plan that is best for him or her.