Advanced Care


Achoo! People aren’t the only ones allergic to pollen, weeds, dust, and mold. Allergies affect our pets, too. But dogs and cats often experience allergies differently from their human companions. Mostly, dogs and cats suffer from itchy skin as a result of allergies.

Allergy Treatment & Skin Care at VCA All Animal Hospital of Orange Park

Allergies can be difficult to diagnose, and while they are never truly cured, they can be managed so that your pet can be comfortable. Our veterinarians may recommend special foods, medications, topical therapies, and further testing in order to address the problems your pet may be having.

In addition to allergies, there are other potential causes for skin problems, including infections, stress, and external parasites. These other issues could be affecting your dog or cat’s skin.

Potential causes for your pet’s itchy skin:

  • Fleas
  • Ringworm
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Food allergies
  • Skin infections
  • Grooming products
  • Stress
  • Metabolic or hormone abnormalities
  • Seasonal changes

If your pet exhibits any of the following symptoms, we recommend you contact us to schedule an appointment:

  • Chronic licking, itching, or chewing
  • Scabs
  • Redness or inflammation
  • Hair loss or bald patches
  • Rashes
  • Swelling, lumps, or skin discoloration
  • Rubbing face against furnishings

When you bring your pet to our clinic, your veterinarian will conduct a thorough nose-to-tail physical exam and may recommend further diagnostic testing, including:

  • Microscopic examination of the hair and skin
  • Testing for ringworm
  • Blood test
  • Allergy test
  • Skin biopsy

Our veterinarians will perform a detailed history, physical examination and basic medical diagnostics in order to diagnose and treat many skin ailments as part of our dermatology services. Common diagnostics performed include skin scrapings, Wood's Lamp examination, hair (fungal) culture, and punch biopsies.

If your veterinarian feels your pet has a specific disease or injury requiring more advanced care or if they have not responded to therapy in an expected manner, they may refer you to a veterinary dermatologist for further evaluation.