Does your dog constantly lick, scratch, rub, and bite the same areas over and over again? This could be a sign of atopic dermatitis, which is a chronic skin condition associated with environmental allergies. This condition is very similar to eczema in people and can cause your dog’s skin to become red and inflamed. It’s important to seek veterinary treatment to determine the underlying cause, so your furry friend can get relief that lasts.
Just like people, dogs can be allergic to common substances in the environment, such as grass and tree pollens, molds and house dust or dust mites. Dogs may also be allergic to fleas, carpets, insecticides, and even ingredients in shampoos. These allergens trigger itch, and depending on what is causing the allergy, your dog may suffer seasonally—or all year round.
To get relief from environmental allergic itch, your dog may scratch, lick, chew, or bite, which unfortunately can make things worse and even lead to a skin infection or a rash. If you notice your dog is itchy, it is important to make an appointment with your veterinarian and get it checked out.
Dogs with persistent itch are often diagnosed with atopic dermatitis, a chronic inflammatory skin condition very similar to eczema in people. This skin condition is more common than you may think. In fact, it affects up to 10% of dogs worldwide.1,2
Over time, atopic dermatitis can worsen and can affect your dog’s quality of life. With the itch, the skin can become red, scaly and irritated and a rash can form. If your dog is not treated, there is even a risk of skin and ear infections.3 Dogs with this type of environmental allergic itch sometimes lose interest in playing as well. It can also affect your sleep—listening to the sounds of licking, chewing, and scratching over and over again. Who wouldn’t stay awake?
While a cure is rare, the treatment goal is to reduce symptoms and allow time for your dog's skin to heal.
The good news is, living a normal, happy life is possible for your dog with the help of your veterinarian and you!
Ask your veterinarian about CYTOPOINT® for long-lasting relief of dog itch.
References: 1. Olivry T, Bäumer W. Atopic itch in dogs: pharmacology and modeling. In: Cowan A, Yosipovitch G, eds. Pharmacology of Itch, Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology. 2015:357-369. doi:10.1007/978-3-662-44605-8_19. 2. Nuttall T, Uri M, Halliwell R. Canine atopic dermatitis—what have we learned? Vet Rec. 2013;172(8):201-207. doi:10.1136/vr.f1134. 3. Olivry T, DeBoer DJ, Favrot C, et al. Treatment of canine atopic dermatitis: 2010 clinical practice guidelines from the International Task Force on Canine Atopic Dermatitis. Vet Dermatol. 2010;21(3):233-248. doi:10.1111/j.1365-3164.2010.00889.x.
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