Our Extensive Dermatology Expertise In Oakleaf Plantation, Fl, Supports The Health And Well-being Of Your Pet

The skin is the largest organ; it protects the internal organs from environmental threats and regulates body temperature. It is the same with pets. When your dog’s or cat’s skin is not healthy, it can affect its comfort and quality of life. It can also raise the risk of developing systemic conditions or reflect internal problems.

Our primary veterinarian at Orange Park Animal Hospital at Oakleaf, Dr. James Gillen, has developed a particular interest in dermatology. Suppose you live in and around Oakleaf Plantation, Orange Park, and NAS Jacksonville. In that case, your pet is in excellent hands with Dr. Gillen’s considerable knowledge and experience identifying, managing, treating, and preventing a wide range of skin-related conditions. 


Simply put, this is a rash; however, not all forms of dermatitis are the same. Common types include:

  • Atopic dermatitis (eczema)
  • Irritant contact dermatitis 
  • Allergic contact dermatitis

Pollen, mold, mites, and other environmental antigens may be to blame for atopic dermatitis. It’s a common problem among dogs. Some breeds, such as terriers, may be more prone to developing this chronic skin problem. It can’t be cured necessarily, but it can be controlled successfully with proper management.

Allergic skin diseases tend to mimic other dermatologic conditions, for instance, ringworm and mange. It’s essential to visit skin professionals like our team, who have advanced in-house diagnostics and focused knowledge. We can pinpoint the actual cause of your pet’s itchy, irritated skin. Not unlike people, changes to the skin can be indicative of underlying diseases like diabetes or lupus. Again, our team will get to the bottom of what is manifesting on the skin. Accurate diagnoses inform effective treatment and fast relief for your pet. This approach further helps to avoid potential dermatologic and systemic complications. 

Common causes 

Around 95% to 98% of itchy, irritated skin is caused by one of five factors, according to the American Kennel Club: 

  • Allergic reactions to environmental proteins (such as pollen)
  • Allergic reactions to ingredients in foods 
  • Hypersensitivity or reactions to parasites
  • Yeast infections 
  • Bacterial infections

Once we have confirmed the suspected source of your furball’s itch, Dr. Gillen may recommend one or a mix of the following approaches: 

  • Avoidance of identified allergens — Common allergens among cats and dogs include beef, dairy, wheat, fleas, pollen, dust, mites, perfumes in products such as cleaning supplies
  • Antimicrobial shampoos and topical therapies – Reduce flares, minimize secondary infections 
  • Introduction, adjustment, or enhancement of flea control measures
  • Immunotherapy – Controlled exposure to allergens, which desensitizes your pet to the offending substance over time
  • Antifungal products 
  • If an underlying disease is to blame, we will work with you to manage the condition.

Seemingly innocuous symptoms, like rashes, have numerous potential causes and far-reaching consequences. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. We’ll get your precious pet on the road to looking and feeling better right away!