Leigh Burkett, DVM

Leigh Burkett, DVM

Veterinarian
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Educations & Trainings

University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 1995

Professional Memberships

  • AVMA
  • FVMA

Dr. Leigh Burkett

Dr. Leigh Burkett was born and raised in Northeast Tennessee. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Wake Forest University and her DVM from the University of Tennessee. After spending 6 years in general practice following graduation, Dr. Burkett and her husband (a board certified veterinary dermatologist) started a dermatology specialty practice in Southwest Florida in 2000. Her special interests in veterinary medicine include dermatology and allergies.

Dr. Burkett lives in Southwest Florida with her husband and 2 teenagers, 2 cats and a Standard Poodle. In her spare time, Dr. Burkett enjoys travel, watching soccer, reading, painting and board games.

Recent Articles

Hydrolyzed Protein Cat Food
Hydrolyzed Protein Cat Food
The following content may contain Chewy links. PetMD is operated by Chewy. What Is Hydrolyzed Protein Cat Food?Hydrolyzed protein cat food contains proteins that have been broken down to a very small size. Traditional cat food contains intact proteins of normal size. Most known food allergies are due to an abnormal reaction to intact proteins in food. The aim of a hydrolyzed protein diet is to...
Food Allergies in Cats
Food Allergies in Cats
The following content may contain Chewy links. PetMD is operated by Chewy. What Are Food Allergies in Cats?A food allergy is an adverse reaction that occurs when a cat’s immune system overreacts to a food substance it has previously been exposed to. For a cat to have a food allergy to a specific ingredient, it must have ingested that ingredient in the past. Food allergies most often affect the...
Mange in Cats
Mange in Cats
What Is Mange in Cats?If your cat has skin or ear symptoms, they should be seen by your regular veterinarian within a few days, unless there are other symptoms such as lethargy, failure to eat or drink, excessive eating or drinking, or extreme discomfort. These cases warrant an examination as soon as possible (within 24 hours). This may require a visit to a veterinary emergency...
Walking Dandruff in Cats
Walking Dandruff in Cats
Walking Dandruff in Cats Walking dandruff, or cheyletiellosis in cats, is a skin condition caused by the highly contagious Cheyletiella mites. On cats, these mites feed on skin dander and skin secretions, causing extensive dandruff and other symptoms.  A Cheyletiella infestation is also referred to as walking dandruff. The irritation caused by the mites causes scaling of the skin. These scales...
Scabies in Cats
Scabies in Cats
Scabies in CatsScabies is not common in cats and usually caused by a regional outbreak. The first symptoms you may notice will be itchy ears that may be crusted on the edges.   Cats can be affected by two types of scabies mites:  Notoedres cati (feline scabies)  Sarcoptes scabiei (canine scabies)  Causes of Scabies in CatsCats get scabies through contact with an animal that has scabies. For...
Fur Mites in Cats
Fur Mites in Cats
Fur Mites in CatsFur mites (Lynx acarus radovskyi) are parasites that live on cats’ hair shafts. They mainly cause a dull, dry hair coat. Most cats with fur mites are not itchy. Infestations are rare and tend to occur in more tropical regions, such as Hawaii and the Florida Keys.   Causes of Cat Fur MitesCat fur mites are not highly contagious. Infection occurs by direct contact with other...