Personalizing Pet Dermatology in Town Center of Virginia Beach, VA

Our pets may not always feel comfortable in their own skin. That’s why we offer pet dermatology services here in Virginia Beach. We see a variety of cat and dog allergies and skin disorders, from ear infections and hot spots to classic dermatitis and ringworm. One of the things that ties all these issues together is itchy skin. When your pet itches, they lick, scratch, and nibble at the spot, which can damage the protective skin barrier.

Independence Veterinary Hospital offers plenty of treatment options for relieving itchiness, but we also look deep to find the cause of your pet’s woes so we can treat the issue as close to the source as possible. That way, your pet’s condition can be kept under control in case of future flare-ups.

Let’s control your pet’s itching and irritation before it can get worse. Call (757) 473-8560 or request an appointment online today.

Understanding Allergies and Skin Disorders in Dogs and Cats

Pets, especially dogs, often suffer from allergies leading to itchy skin and ears. These conditions, if left untreated, can open the door to other health problems and harm your pet’s quality of life. Recognizing the signs early is key to effective treatment.

Below are the signs pets typically show when they have allergies and/or skin issues:

  • Persistent scratching or licking

  • Red, inflamed skin

  • Frequent ear infections

  • Hair loss or thinning

  • Unusual lumps or skin discoloration

  • Skin/ears give off a strong odor

At Independence Veterinary Hospital, we encounter these symptoms regularly and are equipped to provide comprehensive care.

Our Pet Dermatology Services

Our approach to pet dermatology is thorough and tailored to each pet's individual needs. Here’s what we offer:

Allergy Testing

We conduct in-depth blood work and can send out to external labs for allergy testing to pinpoint the exact cause of your pet's discomfort.

Personalized Treatment Plans

Based on your pet’s test results, we’ll develop a treatment strategy suited to their specific condition and lifestyle. This may include immunotherapy, environmental changes, dietary changes, etc.

Referral to a Dermatology Specialist

If your pet has a more complex skin condition or allergy, Independence Veterinary Hospital has connections to area specialists who can help. We’ll get you in touch with a trusted expert to ensure your pet receives the best care possible.