Allergic dermatitis in dogs and cats is characterized by an inflammatory response that causes chronic and recurrent pruritus.1-3 It distresses pets and upsets owners, so it’s vital to get a good diagnosis and treat accordingly.1,3 With this kind of long-term condition, a long-term management strategy is needed to bring comfort back to the animal, and allow pet and owner to lead normal, happy lives together again.
Allergic dermatitis: 3 steps to continuous comfort1
Good medicine starts with achieving an accurate clinical diagnosis
2. Short-term care
Treat secondary infections to get the pet feeling comfortable
Consider parasite control, antibiotics, antipruritics, antifungals
3. Long-term care
Treat the underlying cause of the disease
Consider a multi-modal approach combining Atopica
, regular shampooing, diet and essential fatty acids
Adapted from: Treatment of canine atopic dermatitis: 2010 clinical practice guidelines from the International Task Force on Canine Atopic Dermatitis.1
Feline allergic dermatitis
References: 1. Olivry T et al. Vet Dermatol (2010); 21:233-248. 2. Scott-Muller and Kirk 6th ed (2001);580-581. 3. Favrot C et al. Vet Dermatol (2011);23:45-50.