What is Atopic Dermatitis?

What is Atopic Dermatitis?

Atopic Dermatitis is the second most common skin disease in dogs that we diagnose and it’s nasty stuff. This chronic, lifelong condition is associated with allergies and causes inflammation, rash and itchiness. It usually shows up within the first 3 years of a dog’s life and symptoms usually get worse over time.

It can be brought on by everything from grass and weeds to mold and dust mites, as well as a host of other allergens. It can flare up seasonally or plague your pet year-round. In addition, your dog’s skin can become red, raw and itchy, and when your dog suffers from Atopic Dermatitis, the constant licking, scratching and chewing—not to mention sleep loss–can make life miserable for you both.

If your dog is not treated, there is a risk of hair loss, skin infections, ear infections and more. So Contact Us today if you suspect your dog may have Atopic Dermatitis or an allergy.

Common Symptoms

  • Itching
  • Scratching
  • Biting at the skin
  • Licking
  • Chewing
  • Rubbing
  • Scooting
  • Gnawing
  • Paw chewing
  • Inflamed skin
  • Flaky skin
  • Foul odor
  • Skin Infections
  • Ear irritation & infections

 

Common Allergens

  • Trees
  • Weeds
  • Grasses
  • Dander
  • Dust mites
  • Mold
  • Environmental allergens