Canine allergic dermatitis: Advances in diagnostics and treatment
Presented by Anita Patel RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology
Atopic dermatitis, a common cause of pruritus and dermatitis in dogs, has complex pathomechanisms requiring a multimodal approach in its treatment and management. This approach includes treating and managing recurrent infections, controlling pruritus, taking preventative measures and managing owner compliance and expectations. Depending on the severity of the clinical signs, symptomatic treatment and preventative therapy (allergen avoidance, allergen-specific immunotherapy) may be implemented. Symptomatic treatments to manage pruritus include the use of oclacitinib, lokivetmab, glucocorticoids and ciclosporin. Other treatments, which include antihistamines, essential fatty acid supplements, shampoo treatments and specific diets, are also used concurrently in the multimodal approach for the management of atopic dermatitis. The aim of this talk is to discuss the approaches to acute and chronic atopic dermatitis, and preventative measures that could reduce the incidence and severity of flare-ups.