Skin problems for dogs are very uncomfortable and can cause abrasions, infections, hair loss and more. One such condition, which is a quite common problem, is Atopy. It is described as a pruritic skin disease caused by allergic reactions to the environment. The dog can contract substances that are airborne and get absorbed in the respiratory tract and on or under the skin. Atopy needs to be treated with antibiotics prescribed by your local Rockford-area veterinarian as listed below or one closest to your home. At the first sign of a problem, be sure you get your dog in for a visit and treatment.
If a dog is susceptible to Atopy, symptoms would appear when your pet is quite young, usually under a year old. Most signs will come out in spring and summer months when things are beginning to grow and airborne allergens are most prevalent. As the dogs mature, the symptoms are less seasonal because of an increase in various other allergies. Because of the discomfort, your dog will be scratching itself to intensity, especially on the paws, muzzle and around the ears that can lead to redness, irritation and swelling. Sometimes the dog will be shaking its head as a sign of the problem.
Once diagnosed, the best treatment is immunotherapy and antibiotics. Some other options include antihistamines, fatty acid supplements, corticosteroids and special soothing shampoos. Antihistamines definitely do not work and the most effective treatment is the immunotherapy that includes allergy shot regiments that modifies the dog’s immunity response to allergens. Your vet may choose this option in conjunction with others as mentioned for the best relief for your pet.
This is not a problem that can be cured but can be maintained by reducing the symptoms. The best scenario is to know for sure which allergen is causing the problem through skin testing. Avoiding allergens in the environment is difficult and can’t be prevented. The best you can do is manage the problem, patiently while working closely with your vet and recognizing any symptoms in the earliest stages for the best treatment. For more information on recognizing and treating atopy in your dog, read this informative article to help your dog at - Atopy in dogs. With proper care and treatment, at least 60 to 80 per cent of dogs are effectively remedied of Atopy symptoms.
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