Allergies & Dermatology

Is your pet’s itchy skin keeping you both up at night?

There are many different ailments that can affect the skin of a companion animal. Whether it’s a topical problem, like a hot spot or rash, or something more in-depth like an infection, the symptoms can be unpleasant. You don’t want to see your pal suffer like that, and neither do we! That’s why Live Oak Veterinary Hospital offers professional pet allergy and dermatology services as part of our comprehensive system of care. We want to help get your loved one as healthy on the outside as on the inside.

 

Diagnosing the Problem

The first step toward helping your best friend feel better again is identifying the precise condition he or she is experiencing. Our hospital is outfitted with an in-house laboratory, which allows us to run a number of diagnostic tests quickly and efficiently. We may be able to tell what’s wrong just by examining your pet, or we may need to investigate further. Blood work, skin scrapings and biopsies help us get the answers we need to move forward with a cure.

Some of the dermatological issues we can provide assistance with include:

  • Allergies (food and/or environmental)
  • Infections (acute or chronic)
  • Parasites
  • Dermatitis
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Tumors
  • Skin cancer

 

Developing a Treatment Plan

To determine how best to treat the problem, we will consider a number of unique factors. This allows us to develop a tailor-made approach just for your pet, designed to achieve the best possible results. Depending on the situation, we may recommend something as simple as applying a topical cream. More complex conditions may call for a combination of treatment methods.

Allergies require a little more work to manage. Once we understand what’s causing your companion’s reactions, we will work toward a solution that will eliminate outbreaks as much as possible. Some allergies can be managed through simple lifestyle changes, such as switching food products. Others may require a longer-term strategy. Our recommendations will be based on your pet’s specific needs.

Signs of a possible skin problem include:

  • Excessive scratching
  • Scabbing or flaking of the skin
  • Hot spots
  • Shedding more than usual
  • Biting, chewing or licking at the affected area
  • Bumps or lumps on or under the skin

If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, it’s time to schedule an appointment. Give the experienced professionals at Live Oak Veterinary Hospital a call. We can help your loved one live a more comfortable life. 

  •  

    • Catie DoddCatie Dodd

      Love the whole staff. Our dog actually has fun and looks forward to going! Super easy and quick about scheduling appointments. Love that they call to check in after major appointments.

      Read More
    • Rusty McArthurRusty McArthur

      Actually , FIVE stars just are not enough. Totally GREAT DR. and Staff !!
      The McArthurs, Buffy and Gunner Thanks for all !!!

      Read More
    • Sandy LandstromSandy Landstrom

      Love Dr. Lloyd at saw her at the emergency vet with Vito but we loved her compassion and bedside manner through his last week.

      Read More
    • Lottie LouiseLottie Louise

      Thank you so much to LOVH, you were so wonderful. My parents were traveling by boat from Florida to Morehead City, when their Chesapeake Retriever developed a bladder infection. The Vet got him in within 6hours, saw us the second we walked into the clinic. She was lovely, Blue is a nervous dog and he didn’t stop wagging his tail! The Vet gave us all the paperwork form his tests to give to their local vet when they returned home. Can’t recommend them enough! Thank you!

      Read More
    • Marcie DunnMarcie Dunn

      After moving to the area our pooch Marley sustained and injury. We found Live Oak on the internet and they had a same day appointment available and we immediately took him up there. Now two years later we still use them on a regular basis for all his veterinary care and boarding. The staff is very friendly and welcoming. Marley starts and ends his visit excited with his tail wagging. So glad we found this place.

      Read More
    • Leighann F. CordellLeighann F. Cordell

      I went there today to take my dog, they are very nice and caring. They were great with my dog who is very hard to handle since she bounces off the wall. We will be going back from now on.

      Read More
    • Betty P.Betty P.

      We LOVE Live Oak and Dr. Lloyd! I took our Welsh Terrier, Noki, to Live Oak a couple of years ago when she was having skin issues when we were at Atlantic... Read More