A common medical condition that dogs can face is called atopic dermatitis. Most commonly triggered due to environmental factors such as grass, pollen or dust mites, you may have noticed signs such as increased scratching, biting or licking at their paws or ears. If you would like to correctly diagnose and treat your dog, DermVet are here to help.
What are the treatment options?
When it comes to treating atopic dermatitis in dogs, there is a range of treatment options to consider:
- Topical therapy such as a permanent programme of flea control is necessary.
- Drug therapy such as steroids as they are effective and cheap, but can come with side effects.
- Antihistamines and essential fatty acids are a good treatment to consider but only as an adjunctive treatment. It may also be necessary to treat it with antibiotics and antifungals throughout the dogs’ life.
- Allergen specific immunotherapy can reduce the symptoms by at least 50% and in some cases 75%
- Monoclonal antibody Lokivetmab (Cytopoint) is another fantastic option. Launched specifically for the treatment of atopic dermatitis, it can be used alongside other treatments and can help to reduce itching and dermatitis in atopic dogs.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you suspect your dog has canine atopic dermatitis. You can call us on 0116 326 0402 and we will be able to arrange an appointment.