But, how they deal with those irritants can cause major health issues for them. As we found at the Craven Animal Hospital, allergies can cause animals to compulsively lick themselves, bringing on sores.That have to be remedied with antibiotics. They are medications and treatments that can cost a pet owner thousands. Veterinarian, Dr. Alexis Vidaurri says, it's normal to see owners spend big bucks to save their beloved pets these days. Dr. Vidaurri says she most commonly treats kidney failure and also snake bites. She says dogs often get bitten by copperhead snakes along the Outer Banks.