Vet Blair: Atopic dermatitis in dogs

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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.

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How to Help Prevent Pests

Preventing pests from entering your home is one way that pet owners can help keep their pets safe. Below are some preventative steps you can take:

  • Regularly check your pet’s food, water and shelter for bugs
  • Remove bedding or toys if you see signs of insect activity
  • Store pet food in sealed containers
  • Fix leaky plumbing and remove areas of standing water
  • Seal cracks and crevices to help keep bugs out of your house, including your window frames
  • Keep outdoor pets contained in a fenced yard. If they enter an infested area, fleas and ticks can hop on board within seconds
  • Keep leaves raked, grass cut and bushes trimmed to reduce tick habitat
  • Check your pet regularly for fleas and ticks, especially when they are allowed outside of your yard or other controlled areas

If your pet has been affected by pests, then you should consult with your veterinarian before using any medication or repellent.


How Pest Control Professionals Can Help

Though taking preventative steps can help alleviate pest issues, DIY solutions often fall short of complete control. That’s where pest control professionals can assist, and the professionals at Terminix are here to help. Terminix technicians use pesticides according to the label and do not treat pets at all. However, for efficiency of service and as a precaution, you should always contain your pet and put food and toys away when a technician is treating your home.

When pests like fleas and ticks are prevented and controlled, that’s good for your pets. It creates a better environment for them, and you. Learn more about Terminix pest control today.

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