Your Pet's Allergies

                Like humans, dogs and cats can have allergies that range from mild to severe.  Also, like humans, our pets can have allergies from many different sources.  However, pet allergy symptoms can be completely different than ours.  For instance, it has been shown that the majority of canine ear infections are associated with allergies.  The allergic pet’s ear infections will continue to re-occur after treatment if the underlying allergies are not addressed.

                The underlying source of allergies in pets can be food protein, fleas, plants, and pollens.  Many highly allergic pets are affected by all of the above.

                Pets that have food allergies are allergic to a particular protein in the food.  The allergy causing protein source may be beef, chicken, milk by-products, or any number of other proteins.  Changing food brands will not help.  The pet that is allergic to a food protein must be on a prescription diet that is manufactured in a facility devoted exclusively to hypoallergenic diets.  A pet that is allergic to beef protein cannot eat food manufactured on the same equipment as other beef protein based foods.  The selective quality control in the manufacturing process of hypoallergenic diets is critically important.  Food allergies in a pet may cause ear infections, foot licking, hair loss, face rubbing, skin infections and other symptoms.

                Pets that are allergic to fleas are never just “covered” in fleas.  The owner of a flea allergic pet may never see a flea.  The flea allergic pet can have a severe reaction to one single flea bite.  That one flea bite feels like an insect sting to the allergic pet.  The goal is to eliminate all fleas and treat the pet’s allergies.  We have the medication to accomplish both goals.

                The veterinary medical term for non-specific allergies in pets is Atopy.   Atopic dermatitis in pets can be extremely severe.  Some things that can complicate atopy in pets are pollen, molds, dust mites, grass resins, and surface skin infections. 

                Every pet is different in the allergy sources and symptoms.  Pet allergy diagnosis and treatment can be a complex endeavor.  Successful pet allergy management requires good communication and understanding between the veterinarian and pet owners.  Pet allergies can be frustrating for the owner and painful for the pet.

                Call us to schedule an examination and consultation regarding your pet’s health, comfort, and allergy management.


We are very excited to offer a refreshing new choice in Canine and Feline veterinary medicine to Roanoke, Salem, and the surrounding areas! Veterinarians Glenn Brewer, Lindsay Karpinski, and Sabra Lucas have assembled a professional team to offer compassion, quality, and value for your dog's and cat's health care. At Pet Vet, we pride ourselves in providing the best and most comprehensive care for all of our patients. Pet Vet will offer commonsense choices, fair prices, and quality services in a manner that respects you and your time. You are guaranteed a great experience.

Whether your pet has itchy skin or arthritis, we invite you to team with us in choosing the best options for your pet's veterinary care. Simply fill out a new client form and let us show you the friendly, genuine, and professional environment you can expect from the compassionate animal lovers here at Pet Vet, Roanoke.

Exclusively for existing clients, shop online for your pet's prescription refills, flea products, and heartworm prevention. Pet Vet is proud to offer the first and only veterinary drive-thru window in the Roanoke Valley! You can be confident that it is the most convenient way to purchase your pet's important health care products from veterinary professionals you can trust.

Call today for an appointment, or request an appointment online, for your pet's medical care or surgery, and don't forget to confide in us about any bathing requests you might have.  We look forward to seeing you and your furry kids here at Pet Vet, your new neighborhood veterinary hospital!


Dr. Lindsay Karpinski, DVM
Dr. Sabra Lucas, DVM

Dr. J. Glenn Brewer, DVM
(540) 904-2229
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 Puppy and Kitten Packages



Have your new puppies and kittens had their first vaccines yet?  If not, now is the perfect time to get them vaccinated at Pet Vet!  We are running a Puppy/Kitten Package Special to help get your new furry babies ready to safely explore their surroundings!!  These packages include 3-4 visits starting at 6-8 weeks of age.  Each visit includes a head to tail exam, a series of vaccines, nail trims, as needed, general deworming medication, up to two fecal parasite screenings, and one FREE monthly dose of Trifexis, the all in one, flea and heartworm preventative!!  We are also offering a discounted price on our Spay and Neuter surgeries when you decide to procede at 6-8 months of age.  While they are here for those surgeries, a discounted microchip will also be offered to your puppy or kitten, if they haven't already been microchipped.  We look forward to seeing your new furry additions, and having them as an addition to the family here at Pet Vet!!



                                     Limited Time/Quantity Offer!!! 


Revolution  - Buy 6 get 2 FREE!

Sentinel - Buy 6 get $10 mail in rebate!

                 Buy 12 get $25 mail in rebate!

Royal Canin - Hypoallergenic Hydrolyzed Protein, Urinary SO, Calorie Control, buy 4 bags and receive the 5th bag FREE!!



Office Information

2133 Electric Road
Roanoke, VA 24018

Phone: 540-904-2229
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Office and Drive-Thru Hours

Monday-Friday 7:30am-5:30pm
1st & 3rd Saturdays 8:00am-Noon

The first and only veterinary drive-thru window in Virginia!

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