Saturday, December 19, 2009

Atopy and your Labrador Retriever

Atopy or atopic dermatitis is an allergic skin disease of dogs. In the allergic state, the dog’s immune system ‘overreacts’ to foreign substances (allergens) to which it is exposed. The most common type of allergy is the inhalant type, also known as atopy. It results in itchiness, either localized (in one or several areas) or generalized (all over the dog). Common allergens that can cause atopy include tree pollens, grass and weed pollens, moulds, mildew, and the house dust mite.

Canine Atopic Dermatitis, also known as atopy is a common itchy skin allergy in dogs caused by a disorder of the dog's immune system. It is an allergy to substances in the environment that are inhaled by the dog. These substances are called allergens and cause the immune system to over re-act and release histamines.

"Dr. Wayne Rosenkrantz, DVM, DACVD, discusses Atopy in dogs-clinical signs, allergies, skin infections & treatment options. Dr. Rosenkrantz, specializes in Animal Dermatology in Tustin, CA. This video is NOT meant to replace the advice of your regular vet."

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