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4 y/o Basset with atopic dermatitis

I have a 4 y/o basset that has been diagnosed with atopic dermatitis. I don’t want to continue with the steroid treatment my vet prescribed because I know it has severe long term side effects.

I have him on antihistimines and I also have a teatree oil and aloe spray for his really itchy spots. We have also been giving him baths in oatmeal &  aloe shampoo and conditioner.

He just seems miserble as his antihistimines wear off just before his next dose time.

What can I do to help him?

The steroids had nasty side effects while he was on them.

I don’t want to put him back on steroids and I have an alternative medicine book on dog allergies but I don’t know what to do right now.

Any advice out there?

Thanks, Dori


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One Response to “4 y/o Basset with atopic dermatitis”

  1. Taylor - Blog Administrator says:

    Hi Dori, Here’s an excerpt from an article from VIN with a link to the full article at the end:

    Canine Atopic Dermatitis
    Canine atopic dermatitis (allergic dermatitis, canine atopy) is an inherited predisposition to develop allergic symptoms following repeated exposure to some otherwise harmless substance, an “allergen,” such as dust mites or pollen. Most dogs begin to show their allergic signs between 1 and 3 years of age. Due to the hereditary nature of the disease, several breeds, including golden retrievers, most terriers, Irish setters, Lhasa apsos, Dalmatians, bulldogs and Old English sheep dogs are more commonly atopic, but many dogs, including mixed breed dogs can have atopic dermatitis. The incidence is increasing both in man and animals.

    Atopic animals will usually rub, lick, chew, bite or scratch at their feet, muzzle, ears, armpits or groin, causing hair loss, and reddening and thickening of the skin. In some cases several skin problems can “add” together to cause an animal to itch where just the allergy alone would not be enough to cause itching. These problems include air borne-allergens (pollens, etc.), allergens in food, and allergens from parasites (fleas, etc.) and also bacterial or yeast infections of the skin. Eliminating some but not all of the problems may allow a patient’s itchiness to go away. Therefore it is important to treat any other problems that could be making your pet itch while dealing with allergy.

    There are several treatments outlined in the article including supplementing your dog’s diet with fish oil to help the antihistimes work better.

    Here is the link:


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