These include infections and skin thickening. The initial symptoms generally appear in dogs between the ages of 1 and 3. While younger animals may start scratching due to atopic dermatitis, they usually need some exposure to the triggering allergen before the severe scratching starts.
“…they usually need some exposure to the triggering allergen before the severe scratching starts.”
- English bulldogs
- German shepherds
- Labrador retrievers
- Shar Peis
- West Highland whiter terriers.
Atopic Dermatitis Treatment. Your vet conducts allergy tests on your dog to identify the culprits, which often consists of more than element. Treatment includes dietary changes, fatty acid supplementation, topical medications, antibiotics for infection and steroids to reduce itching. If your dog is small or medium-sized, your vet might recommend putting a tight tee shirt on your pet in conjunction with treatment to help control the constant itching.
Lifelong Management. Atopic dermatitis isn’t curable, but it is manageable. It may take a while to find the right treatment to keep this skin condition at bay, but don’t give up hope. You may need to try different therapies, but odds are you will find one that makes a difference. Your dog is depending on you.
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