LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- Did you know that our pets can have allergies just like us?
In the clip above, Vet Blair talks about atopic dermatitis in dogs and two new medications that can help control this problem.
Canine atopic dermatitis is a common allergic skin disease affecting almost 10% of dogs worldwide. It may be caused by genes that make your dog more likely to have a strong reaction when exposed to allergens.
Like human allergies, it can be triggered by pollens or molds during certain seasons or by dust mites or other allergens in the environment.
Over time, atopic dermatitis can worsen and become a serious health issue. Your dog’s skin can become extremely itchy, red, scaly and irritated. If your dog is not treated, there is a risk of hair loss, skin infections and ear infections.
Dog with atopic dermatitis may lose interest in playing or wake their owners in the night with sounds of licking, chewing and scratching. The constant itching and scratching can have a negative effect on the daily life and happiness of your dog and even on your dog’s relationship with you and your family.
Atopic dermatitis is a life-long condition, but with help from your veterinarian, the itching can be controlled so your dog and you can enjoy doing the things you love again.