Itchy skin can cause absolute chaos and affect your pet's quality of life. One of the most common and frustrating 'itchy skin' conditions we see in dogs is atopic dermatitis. This condition is caused by a reaction to allergens in the environment (a bit like the common triggers of asthma and hay fever in humans). It is particularly troublesome in spring and summer but can occur all year round.
Allergens that might cause a problem include: grasses, trees, plant pollen, dust mites, insects, and dusts.
The signs associated with atopic dermatitis generally consist of itching, scratching, rubbing, biting, and licking.
Common sites your dog may be itchy include ears (recurrent ear infections are common), armpits, around eyes, groin, feet and in between the toes.
Atopic dermatitis unfortunately is a life long condition that cannot be cured but it can be managed well with multimodal approach therapy.
The good news is there are some exciting new medications available that have minimal side effects, and can greatly improve your dog's comfort and quality of life without daily tablet administration.
If you would like more information about skin disease please book an appointment with the Veterinarian.