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Atopic Dermatitis

Ydog skin problemsour dog can have allergies just like you do. Allergies can cause things like itching, scratching, rashes, sneezing, watery eyes, paw chewing, and inflammation. Some dogs get a condition called atopic dermatitis.


Atopic dermatitis is a chronic skin disease associated with allergies. It is the 2nd most common allergic skin disease in dogs and is typically brought on by environmental allergies.

You can see signs of atopic dermatitis as early as 3 months and up to 6 years. If they haven’t developed it by 6 years old, you are probably in the clear. Cats can get it too, though this is more rare.


Most Affected Areas

  • Ears
  • Wrists
  • Ankles
  • Muzzle
  • Underarms
  • Groin
  • Around the eyes
  • In between the toes

Signs of Atopic Dermatitis

  • Itching
  • Scratching
  • Rubbing
  • Licking


To diagnose atopic dermatitis you will have to bring your dog to your Albuquerque vet clinic for testing. Your vet will perform some tests and likely perform a full allergy test to identify the source of your dog’s allergies.


Once diagnosed your vet may recommend different things depending on what is causing the allergy. Some vets may give you injects to decrease the sensitivity of your pet to their allergen. They may give you corticosteroids and antihistamines to reduce their symptoms.

You can bathe your dog with anti-itching shampoo to help improve their comfort level. Shampoo’s with colloidal oatmeal can help. If the allergens can be identified, you may want to see if you can reduce your dog’s exposure.

Your vet will want to see your dog on a regular basis. Make sure you don’t miss your annual checkup.






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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.