How Treat Dog Atopic Dermatitis

How To Treat A Dog That Has Atopic Dermatitis?

If you’re a dog owner, chances are that your pet has suffered from atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is the most common skin condition in dogs and can be very frustrating to deal with.

Dogs suffering from atopic dermatitis often scratch their itchy skin until they bleed or develop secondary infections. They may also lick or chew on themselves incessantly, leading to hair loss and more itching. This can lead to chronic scratching which will cause permanent damage over time.

The best way to treat your dog’s atopic dermatitis is by looking at various factors including environment, treatment, allergies, medication, and diet. To learn more about this, please feel free to continue reading down below.

What Is Atopic Dermatitis?

Atopic dermatitis or canine atopy has been associated with skin allergies. It occurs when exposure to certain substances causes an excessive immune system reaction which leads to excess production of histamine causing inflammation on your dog’s body surface. The result can be intense itchiness (pruritus) that often leaves your dog licking their bodies excessively – leading again to even more scratching than before!

Atopic dermatitis is often marked by dry, irritated patches on the body that come in various shapes and sizes but can also affect other parts of their bodies such as ears or paws. It can also lead to more serious complications such as bacterial infection from scratching as a result of itching so much!

Typically appearing before two years old with no known cause there are certain breeds more prone to this disease including Siberian Huskies, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, etc. 

While atopic dermatitis can be difficult for owners and veterinarians alike, there are a couple of ways you can treat a dog that has atopic dermatitis. However, it’s not as simple as just giving your dog medication or treatment; you will also need to monitor other factors as well! 

How Treat Dog Atopic Dermatitis

1). Environment

Did you know that your dog’s environment is a huge factor in preventing atopic dermatitis? Watching the surroundings of our dogs can be very beneficial for avoiding skin allergies. It should not only include monitoring where we allow them to go outside but also inside – such as whether or not there are allergens present which could cause an allergic reaction if touched by your furry friend.

Dogs are at risk of skin lesions and infection if they live in a dirty environment. Make sure to clean your dog’s home regularly and keep it free from any allergens, parasites, or bacteria that might cause the condition. Your dog will need an allergy-free space where its immune system can fight off symptoms without being compromised by external factors such as dirt, dust mites, pollen particles etc.

Cleaning products containing alcohols such as ethanol or benzyl alcohol should also be avoided when cleaning up after your pet because these chemicals can irritate not only atopic dermatitis but other similar skin conditions. Be mindful of avoiding these agents to help protect your pup!

2). Diet

Proper nutrition is an important part of preventing atopic dermatitis. When choosing a food for your dog, look out for inflammatory ingredients that can lead to skin irritation and allergy-causing compounds in the diet. It is recommended to feed a diet free of gluten, corn, soybean oil, beef by-products and artificial colours/flavours/preservatives. A healthy, well-balanced diet will be essential to alleviate allergen triggers for atopic dermatitis! 

3). Allergies

Dogs who live in homes with a lot of allergens are more likely than others to develop atopic dermatitis. If there are any allergens in the home such as pollen, dust, food, allergies, mould spores, etc. it’s important to keep them away from your dog as well because they will exacerbate symptoms of atopic dermatitis. Dogs can also get fleas from other animals outside the house, so make sure you’re not just cleaning up what they bring inside! 

How Treat Dog Atopic Dermatitis

4). Medication & Treatments

Some dogs suffer from allergic reactions to the environment. One way that veterinarians can help these animals is by prescribing medication or recommending lifestyle changes such as bathing with hypoallergenic shampoo and changing food brands.

Bathing treatments are the most popular type of treatment for atopic dermatitis in dogs. Bathing dogs with mild soap or using medicated shampoo prescribed by your veterinarian are examples of this treatment. 

Treatments may be topical: applying anti-itch ointment on affected areas twice daily will help relieve itching as well as prevent infection from scratching too much which could lead to skin breaks. Other options are oral medications like corticosteroids combined with immunotherapy (allergy shots).

There are many treatments for atopic dermatitis on the market, but they can vary in price and effectiveness so talk to your veterinarian before deciding which one is right for you and your pup!


Atopic dermatitis is a skin condition that can be caused by allergies, food sensitivities, or environmental irritants. In most cases, it’s treated with topical steroids and antibiotics to help control the itching. If your dog has dry patches of skin on their paws, nose, ears or tail then they may have atopy. Contact us today to learn what you should do next to get them feeling better!

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