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Itchy Pets Are Our Specialty

A Boxer lying on the floor

It's hard to see your pet scratching from an uncomfortable itch. It could be fleas, an allergy, or an infection. Whatever the reason, you can be sure that we will get to the root cause of your pet's discomfort so that we can treat not just the symptom, but also the reason for the problem.

We have a number of very effective treatments at our disposal, including the latest in sub-lingual (under the tongue) allergy therapy, which eliminates the need for at-home injections. We also have medications and ointments that can soothe your pet and get them itch-free quickly and safely.

For more information on pet allergies please read our Blog: "Itchy and Scratchy: Allergies in Dogs".

Common Reasons for an Itchy Pet

  • Parasites—Fleas are the most common offenders, but other organisms like mites can also cause pets to scratch.
  • Allergies—Pets can be allergic to anything that people can. Food, grass, pollen, dust mites, or even flea saliva can cause your pet to be itchy. If you suspect your pet may have an allergy, contact us and we will help get your pet feeling better right away.
  • Skin infections—Infections can occur for a variety of reasons. Often medications are needed to get rid of infection and make your pet comfortable.

Signs that Your Pet May be Allergic

  • Generalized scratching, chewing, and rubbing
  • Hair loss
  • Inflamed, ulcerated, crusted, or flaky skin
  • Licking of the paws
  • Rubbing of the face
  • Inflamed or infected ears
  • Wheezing or coughing (more likely in cats)

Diagnosis and Treatment

  • Skin cytologies and/or skin scrapes will be performed to determine underlying causes such as yeast, bacteria, and/or mites.
  • Food trials
  • Treatment often includes the industries top proven medications such as Apoquel and Cytopoint.

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"I started using Berkeley for my dog’s allergy problems. We see Dr. Tony and he is wonderful, and well-educated. He went over several options of testing and treatments and is honest and open with all his suggestions. Callie’s allergies have never been better. Recently, we met Dr. Alyssa due to a last minute non-allergy related appointment, and I was equally impressed with her knowledge and care. All the tech are kind and patient. I would happily recommend Berkeley Vet.” —Allen Alfano
"I just recently went to Berkeley Vet Center to take my cat Precious for a check-up. Our technician Diana Brand was extremely helpful and easy to talk to during our visit. She made Precious feel comfortable and calmed her down when she got a little fussy. The doctor was also very nice and took care of my Precious. They go over everything regarding prices so there were no surprises and I found the exam and vaccines to be reasonably priced. I will definitely bring Precious again in the near future! —Victoria T.
"Dr. Alyssa and all the staff are the absolute best! Knowledgeable, professional, kind, and considerate. When I had to put my 17-year-old dachshund down, I relied on their compassion and wisdom to make the process much easier. They explained everything to me so that I knew what to expect. I would highly recommend Berkeley Veterinary Center!” —Jean Spector
"I really cannot find the words to explain how amazing Dr. Tony and his staff are! My baby had a sock obstructing her small intestines and was at risk for major complications. They performed major surgery and continued to care and comfort my baby for days after. If I chose to go to an overnight hospital, my girl would have been left in a cage with an IV and no snuggling or attention. My heart is so touched, I get choked up thinking about Dr. Tony and staff!” —Colleen Collichio
"I took my 12-year-old cat to Berkeley Veterinary Center. I was immediately impressed by the clean and friendly atmosphere. I was greeted right away and made to feel welcome. I am very happy to have found Dr. Tony and his caring staff.” —Linda C.
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"Overall experience was like no other…warm, friendly, and personable, yet professional and informative. Pricing was comparable to past veterinary experiences, and by no means unreasonable. Office and exam room were clean, fresh, and neat. Berkeley Veterinary Center may have a customer for life!” —Michael P.