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What is Canine Atopic Dermatitis?

Are You Itching For Answers About Atopic Dermatitis in Dogs?

By the Veterinarians at Porte Veterinary Hospital in Campbell, CA

We understand how difficult it is to see (or hear, or smell) your dog in discomfort or pain from allergies. Some dogs will chew or scratch themselves to the point they break their skin, some dogs develop a foul odor, and some dogs verbally moan or whine as they scratch, and scratch, and scratch, but can’t achieve relief.

Beyond disruptive, your dog’s scratching, licking, chewing, or rubbing could be a sign of something serious.

If your dog can’t seem to stop the itch, no matter how persistent they are with their scratching, licking, chewing, even rubbing along the walls or carpet, this itch may go beyond any of the more common allergies; your dog may have Canine Atopic Dermatitis.

Over time or without treatment, atopic dermatitis usually gets worse and can pave the way for hair loss, secondary skin infections, ear infections, and even cause a negative effect on your dog’s personality and quality of life.

Although we do see pets with flea allergies and food allergies, we’re also seeing many dogs with a chronic condition called Atopic Dermatitis. Your dog may benefit from a new, innovative, and safe treatment option available now at Porte Veterinary. Ask our veterinarians about new Cytopoint.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Atopic Dermatitis?

Atopic dermatitis is a skin condition caused by an allergic reaction, over-reaction, or hypersensitivity to a variety of different trigger allergens. It is important to note, in this case we are not talking about allergic reactions to food or fleas (Flea Allergy Dermatitis).

What Are Some of The Most Common Allergens for Dogs Here in Silicon Valley?

Common examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Dust Mites
  • Airborne pollens (grasses, weeds, trees)
  • Animal dander
  • Chemicals
  • Mold Spores (indoor and outdoor)

What Are Some of The Symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis?

Common symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • Itchy skin
  • Red or irritated ears
  • Irritated skin in armpits, groin, between toes, around eyes, ears, or muzzle areas
  • Scaly skin
  • Foul odor associated with skin
  • Saliva stains or discolored fur (from excessive licking) on forelimbs, paws, or in between toes
  • Fur loss
  • Skin infection
  • Ear infections

Why Do Some Dogs Develop Atopic Dermatitis, But Others Don’t?

There does appear to be a genetic predisposition (inherited the genes passed down through generations – family history). This includes breed-specific predisposition in the following dog breeds:

  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Lhasa Apso
  • ShihTzu
  • West Highland White Terrier
  • Wirehaired Fox Terrier
  • Golden Retriever
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Shar-Pei

Is Atopic Dermatitis Contagious To Other Dogs, Cats, or People?

No. This condition is not contagious. As noted above, the condition can be inherited (genetic predisposition or family history) but not contagious from one pet to another.

Has Your Dog Already Been Diagnosed with Atopic Dermatitis?

If your veterinarian has already diagnosed your dog, you are likely looking for answers to the most common question; What’s working now for other dogs who’ve been diagnosed with atopic dermatitis?

What’s Working Now to Manage Dogs With Atopic Dermatitis?

We have great news! A new, innovative, and safe treatment is now available here at Porte Veterinary. Ask our veterinarians about Cytopoint.

Let’s Ditch the Itch!

While atopic dermatitis is a lifelong condition, your veterinarians and support team are here to help you manage your pet’s conditions in order to optimize health and happiness.

We are committed to helping you and your dog to once again enjoy doing the things you love.

Together, we can ditch the itch of Canine Atopic Dermatitis.

This blog article is for general pet education purposes only and not intended to replace pet owner responsibility to seek care from a licensed veterinarian. Only a licensed veterinarian can legally diagnose any medical condition including Canine Atopic Dermatitis. Please schedule an appointment with your veterinarian if you believe your dog has any of the above mentioned symptoms.

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