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Atopic dermatitis, also known as atopy, is a common allergic skin disease in dogs. In fact, this chronic type of dermatitis is one of the top five most common diagnoses in dogs.1

Unfortunately, the clinical signs of atopic dermatitis may be treated, but not cured and can severely impact the quality of life for both pets and their families.1 It can be overwhelming for families who live with a pet suffering from atopic dermatitis, as frequent visits to the veterinarian and multiple types of treatments are often needed.

Research on the pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis continues to change perceptions and advance understanding, but there is still much to learn about this condition and its complexity. Studies in both human and animal health point toward genetic and environmental factors as likely causes. However, irritants, allergens and stress may also play a role in disease development. Veterinary dermatologists agree there is a need for more effective treatments and would welcome a therapy to treat the disease, particularly in severely affected pets.

Additional resources:

 

1. “Atopic Dermatitis Causes, Symptoms and Treatments.” PetMD.com. http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/skin/c_dg_atopic_dermatitis

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