Treating Atopic Dermatitis for Dogs, Cats and Large Animals
Atopic Dermatitis, a predisposition to being allergic is a hereditary condition. Often a lifelong ailment, the best treatment for atopic dermatitis (or atopy) in pets is a multi-modal approach to therapy (including topical therapy) to prevent and manage pruritic flares and limit the amount of systemic medications given long-term. While rarely cured, atopic dermatitis can be effectively managed. Current treatment recommendations include:
- Elimination of parasites and secondary bacterial infections, immunomodulating drugs, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, allergen-specific immunotherapy, anthistamines, & supplements
- Soothe inflamed, pruritic, red skin and lesions
- Restore the skin barrier integrity, to reduce percutaneous penetration of allergens and transepidermal water loss (TEWL).