Reducing Pet Allergies and Other Skin Issues


Your pet's fur coat and skin offer a necessary barrier against the elements and help prevent harmful bacteria from entering the body. However, if the skin barrier is damaged, this can lead to a variety of health problems that affect not only the outside but the inside, too. Pet allergies can often cause pets to scratch at themselves until their skin is raw and inflamed, which may, in turn, result in hair loss and an increased risk of infection.

Our animal clinic's team in Newberry, FL understands that pet allergies can be difficult to treat. Therefore, we do our part to stay current on the latest diagnostics and treatments in pet skin care. While there is no known cure for pet allergies, we can address the symptoms and underlying cause(s) to reduce discomfort. Your companion deserves a life of comfort and enjoyment, which we aim to achieve with our pet hospital's dermatology services. With our experience and your commitment, we can help your pet return to a healthier, more normal life.

Is Your Pet Living with a Skin Problem?

Itchy skin is just one part of a potentially larger health issue. While occasional, short periods of scratching are usually not a concern, there could be other factors taking place if it continues. Common symptoms of an allergy may also include:

  • Red, swollen, painful ears
  • Bumps under the skin
  • Red, inflamed skin
  • Bald patches in the fur
  • Dry, scaly patches of skin
  • Fur missing between the toes
  • Licking, chewing and biting at feet, sides, and belly

Treating Your Pet's Skin Condition

Various conditions can result in itchiness, hair loss and skin inflammation making an accurate diagnosis necessary. Pet allergies, autoimmune conditions, skin parasites and growths all need different treatments. To identify your pet's skin condition, we may perform blood and allergy testing, analyze skin scraping, and send tissue samples to a commercial lab for review. Treatment options we offer include:

  • Oral or Injectable Medication
  • Topical Ointment and Sprays
  • Medicated Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Immunotherapy
  • Antibiotics
  • Hypoallergenic Food and Treats
  • ...and more

Taking into account your pet's condition, medical history and overall health, our veterinarians choose the safest and most effective treatment(s). Whether your pet has allergies, an infection, or parasites, patience and dedication can relieve symptoms and enable healing.

Improve Your Pet's Health and Comfort

Without medical attention, your pet's condition may continue to get worse. Contact our pet clinic at (352) 331-7050 to request an appointment! We'll show you how to manage your pet's condition and keep their symptoms under control. Our veterinary team offers various options to keep them happy, healthy and itch-free.

I could not love a place of business any more than I do Jonesville Animal Hospital. Both veterinarians are incredibly knowledgeable, patient, and loving towards the animals. The staff has some of the friendliest people I've met, and their professionalism is top-notch. The facility is large, clean, and modern, and the extended hours are fantastic for working professionals. Thank you for being so great to our dog, Charlie!

- Amy

Dr. Vliet and Dr. Lerman are awesome! When one of my dogs was afraid of going to the vet, they worked with me to make her visits as stress-free as possible. They go out of their way to make every visit great and the facility is clean and inviting. They know me by name when I come to buy dog food and always offer to bring it to the car for me if I have my two young daughters with me.

- Christopher

I have had the privilege of having Dr. Lerman taking care of our animals for over 20 years.  The compassion, knowledge and attention to detail displayed in the variety of situations we have experienced is truly amazing and appreciated. It is so evident that everyone associated with Jonesville Animal Hospital has a true love of providing quality care for animals.

- Bob

The staff at Jonesville Animal Hospital is always exceptional! Our beloved Border Collie, Mysti, was a patient there for 10 years, and we always felt as if they loved her as much as we did. Even after her passing they sent our family the most heart felt, loving message to console us. We think the world of the entire team! Now our new puppy, Boo, will enjoy their loving care too.

- Gina

The Doctors and Staff at Jonesville Animal Hospital are top-notch. They stayed late, performed emergency surgeries after "normal" business hours, and made sure to call and update me of their status even though it was 9PM at night. I feel like they treat each pet as if it were their own, and always have the best interest of the pet in mind.

- Heather

Jonesville Animal Hospital is simply the best! Our dogs have been patients at Jonesville Animal Hospital ever since it was first opened by Dr. Vliet and Dr. Lerman. They have cared for our whippet and our two greyhounds. The expert care, knowledge, and compassion shown to us by Drs. Vliet and Lerman and their entire team is outstanding. It is obvious that they love our dogs. 

- Rita

I have entrusted the care of my three dogs to Drs. Vliet and Lerman for about 10 years and am so pleased with their practice.  I like that I've never had to deal with a waiting room full of animals; they check every patient in quickly and get them into exam rooms to avoid any "doggy personality differences!" Their support staff always make my dogs feel welcomed, non-threatened and their favorite patients of all time! 

- Sherri

The wonderful care provided to our three cats, at Jonesville Animal Hospital, makes me wish that they were my health care providers! Dr. Vliet and Dr. Lerman have given our cats exceptional care at every visit. They've helped us navigate behavior issues and patiently saw us to a resolution. These fine vets have put together an incredible staff, all of whom adore animals! I cannot say enough about JAH, and highly recommend them!

- Shirley

I recently moved to the Gainesville area, and I was thrilled to discover Jonesville Animal Hospital. My 10-year-old Lab suffers from a few health problems and I wanted to find a top-notch local vet for her. Jonesville Animal Hospital has more than exceeded my expectations. This is by far the best service I've ever received from a veterinary hospital.

- Amy