Atopic dermatitis is an inflammatory, chronic skin disease associated with allergies. In fact, this is the second most common allergic skin disease in dogs. These allergic reactions can be brought on by normally harmless substances like grass, mold spores, house dust mites, and other environmental allergens.
Symptoms: Often symptoms associated with atopic dermatitis progressively worsen with time, though they become more apparent during certain seasons. The most commonly affected areas in dogs include the ears, wrists, ankles, muzzle, underarms, groin, around the eyes, in between the toes. The signs associated with atopic dermatitis, meanwhile, consist of itching, scratching, rubbing, and licking, especially around the face, paws, and underarms.
Treatment Options: Allergen avoidance; topical treatment; dietary management; drug therapy; immunotherapy
Known Mode of Inheritance: Unknown; it is believed there is an inherited susceptibility
Age of onset: Generally between 3 months and 6 years
- Cardigan: yes
- Pembroke: yes
- Other Breeds: yes
Incidence in Cardigans: Unknown
- Cardigans: no
- Other breeds: yes
- Active?: yes
Tests Available: no
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