Dogs can have skin problems just like people can. One of the skin problems that can affect dogs is canine atopic dermatitis(CAD). This type of dermatitis in dogs is thought to affect up to 15 percent of the dogs in the world. If you think your dog might have a skin problem, CAD may very well be the issue. This is a condition that can present in a dog as young as six months of age. Some dogs are just genetically predisposed to have CAD. It is a condition that can cause your dog to itch. The diagnosis of CAD is done by exclusion of other conditions and not by a test. Your vet will need to know the history of your dog to help make a diagnosis of this type of dermatitis.
If your dog is diagnosed with CAD, there are certain things that your vet may do. One of the first things to manage is any secondary infections that might be present. There may be a bacterial or yeast infection that is also bothering your dog. These secondary infections can increase the severity of CAD. More itching and pain will usually be present if your dog has a secondary infection. There are some other things that may be done to improve your dogs condition. You may be instructed to limit the time your dog spends outside. This is a type of avoidance that can limit your dogs exposure to things that can be causing symptoms to develop. It’s hard to maintain complete avoidance of things that may be causing allergic reactions, but there isn’t any harm in putting forth the effort.
Since dust mites can make the condition worse, you should vacuum your home more often and use dehumidifiers to keep moisture in check. Bathing your dog more often when there is a lot of pollen in the air may also help your dog’s condition. Perhaps the best thing your vet can do is to start your dog on immunotherapy. This is where the offending allergen is injected into your dog in order to build up your dog’s immune response to said allergen. Most dogs show a good deal of improvement when going through immunotherapy.