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We have good news for itchy pets in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and the rest of Hampton Roads: the local veterinary dermatology specialty practice has re-opened in our area.

Norfolk veterinarians, like Dr. Donald Miele at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, refer tough, tricky, stubborn, and unusual skin cases to the dermatologist for testing and treatment.

You may recall that the dermatology practice had its offices at BluePearl, a veterinary emergency hospital in Virginia Beach. Now, Dr. Marlene Pariser has opened Coastal Virginia Veterinary Dermatology [CVVD], offering the care our clients have come to know and trust, in a new location in Virginia Beach.

If you are a client of Little Creek Veterinary Clinic and you would like your pet evaluated by Dr. Pariser, please Contact Us to schedule a referral examination. Once your referral paperwork has been forwarded to CVVD, you will be able to schedule an appointment.

We look forward to partnering with you and with Coastal Virginia Veterinary Dermatology, to keep your pet comfortable, healthy, and happy for years to come.

Ready to schedule an appointment?  Contact Us online or call our office at 757-583-2619.

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Was your car covered in yellow dust this week? That’s the official sign of the beginning of Allergy Season. With that in mind, we’re re-running this article on ways you can protect your pet from allergy symptoms this Spring and Summer.

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It’s that time of year again:  Sticky yellow pollen begins coating our cars, clothes, and canines. At the vet clinic, we start to see dogs and cats with itchy ears, faces, bellies, feet and rumps. Add dry, flaky skin, fur loss, excessive licking and chewing (especially at the feet), scabs, and fleas and you’ve got one unhappy furbaby.

There are some things you can do at home to ease your pet’s allergy symptoms, especially in the case of allergens that are inhaled or absorbed through the skin.

1. Keep your pet’s skin moisturized – from the outside. Dry skin allows allergens to more easily pass through the skin barrier and cause itching. Use a rehydrating shampoo (we like Hydra Pearls) plus a separate conditioning rinse or spray.

Allow the shampoo to contact your pet’s skin for 10-15 minutes. That is forever in dog-bathing time, but that’s what it takes for the shampoo to be effective.

If the shampoo is the non-lather kind (many are) don’t add more; doing so will just make rinsing it out all the more difficult. Which brings us to the next tip:

Rinse your pet’s coat thoroughly, to remove all soap. Follow with a cream rinse or leave-on conditioning spray (such as Dermal Soothe Spray.)

2. Keep your pet’s skin moisturized – from the inside. Ask your vet about powder or capsule-type Essential Fatty Acid (EFA) supplements, like Free Form Snip Tips. Skip the fish oil supplements designed for human use; your pet has its own EFA requirements that can’t be met with a human product.

3. Rinse your pet with plain water to remove allergens, daily if necessary. Most pets won’t need a full-blown sudsy bath daily or even weekly. But a cool water rinse can help take the heat off, as well as physically remove pollens that can cause your pet to itch. If a daily rinse is not realistic, try targeting your pet’s problem areas with a damp cloth, especially after your pet has been outdoors.

4. Apply your pet’s monthly flea treatment every month, even if you aren’t seeing fleas (which means the treatment is working!) For a hyper-allergic pet, a single flea bite can touch off a serious inflammatory response.

For more complex issues, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory medication may be necessary. Your vet may also suggest a six-month elimination diet to rule in or out food allergies. A trip to the veterinary dermatologist may also be in order, especially for young animals that will be dealing with lifelong allergy problems.

If your pet is suffering from allergy symptoms, schedule a vet visit to get recommendations and treatments tailor-made for your dog or cat. There really is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating allergic pets, so be prepared for some amount of experimentation to see which method gives your pet the most relief.

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NOTE: This article is for general informational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or treat any diseases, or take the place of a client-patient-veterinarian relationship. If you have questions about your pet’s health, your veterinarian will be your best source of information.

This post originally appeared on August 27, 2013.

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     Looking for relief for your pet’s dry, itchy skin?  Dermal Soothe Spray has worked wonders for many of our patients. 

     We like Dermal Soothe Spray because of its pleasant scent, moisturizing effect, and – best of all – no drugs in the formula.

     Dermal Soothe Spray is safe to use daily and can stand in as a conditioner after your pet’s bath. 

     If your pet has dry, itchy skin, grab a bottle of Dermal Soothe Spray on your next visit to our clinic!

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     Itchy, flaky skin.  Dull haircoat.  Excessive shedding.  Sound like your dog?  If you’re tired of bathing your dog weekly in an effort to improve its skin and coat, it may be time to try a different approach.  Your pet may need a nutritional supplement, like ProDerma.

     We’ve been dispensing ProDerma for years as a healthy, drug-free method of skin and fur maintenance.  ProDerma is a nutritional supplement in powder form which can be sprinkled over any kind of pet food.  It can even be made into a broth.  Its essential fatty acids, proteins, and vitamins help restore and protect healthy skin and coats.

       Clients have seen a demonstrable improvement in their pet’s skin and coat condition when using ProDerma.  It is safe to use as a daily supplement for all life stages.  Ask us about it on your next visit. 

~  Jen

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