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Learn about Dermatitis & Environmental Allergies in Dogs (Atopy)

August 13, 2019

Atopy in Dogs: Environmental Allergies Hello I am Dr. Mike. Does your dog lick his
or her feet? Get hot spots or rashes on their skin? These may be signs of seasonal or environmental
allergies, a condition called atopy. Like people, animals can develop allergies to their
environment. However, atopy in dogs usually results in cutaneous or skin irritations.
Today we are going to meet with Dr. Wayne Rosenkrantz who is board certified in animal
dermatology. Atopic disease or atopic dermatitis or atopy
are all terms that basically indicate a genetic tendency to become sensitized to environmental
allergens. Some of the more common things that animals can develop allergies to are
things like the common house dust mite or various trees, grasses, weeds, a variety of
different pollens. And these are some of the more common things that we would identify
or associate. There seems to be some genetic predispositions
so that when you look at atopy or atopic disease in specific breeds of dogs, there’s definitely
a preponderance of the disease in certain breeds over others, so that genetic predisposition
tends to manifest in certain breeds of dogs. The clinical signs of atopy are variable and
sometimes it can be limited to just one part of the body, or it can become more generalized,
particularly as the disease progresses and the pet ages. So the key areas for atopic
dermatitis for the owner to be aware of would be ear infections, face rubbing, paw chewing,
recurring infections anywhere on the body that’s associated with itching, scratching,
and rubbing. As far as secondary complications from allergies,
the most common secondary complications are skin infections, and these can involve bacterial
infections as well as yeast infections. The bacterial infections can be variable but we
do see staph infections in dogs. A large percentage of these are not the methicillin-resistant
type infections, although on occasion, those can occur. These are not particularly contagious
to people as a rule. The yeast infections that dogs get with atopic dermatitis can be
particularly problematic because yeast infections, like when they occur in humans, can be particularly
very itchy, and this can complicate the underline allergy disease tremendously by accelerating
or increasing the itch symptoms. The yeast infections in dogs have a tendency to affect
skin fold locations. Ears, paws, neck folds, armpits, groin, those are the areas that are
most commonly affected. If an owner is concerned that their pet has
allergies, the first thing that we should obviously do is see their veterinarian, and
discuss the symptoms that their pet is exhibiting. Veterinarians will generally be able to decipher
and rate different types of itchy skin diseases based on the history and the physical pattern
or distribution that’s present. Veterinary attention is probably the most
important, and then discussing the options bases on that pet’s particular symptoms with
your veterinarian would be the next step. So when we’re diagnosing atopic dermatitis
in the dog, the hallmark of the diagnosis is actually made based on history and physical
findings, and ruling out other differential diagnoses. This is important that veterinarians
check for parasites, they rule out parasites, and they treat infection. Or maybe they’ll
put your dog through a food trial, which could mimic a dermatitis as well.
Once your veterinarian is convinced that we’re dealing with atopic dermatitis and we’ve ruled
out the other differentials, to determine which items to desensitize your pet to, that
can be done either through an inter-dermal skin test, which generally is going to require
a referral to a specialist, such as myself, or they can run a blood or in vitro allergy
test that can be sent to an outside laboratory. If you recognize the clinical signs described,
you should contact your veterinarian. Your veterinarian will be able to perform tests
to find out if your pet is suffering from atopy. I hope this information was helpful
to you, thanks for watching.


  • Reply flavadave van November 12, 2010 at 8:54 am

    @confuse What did the vet say to get rid of the itching?

  • Reply flavadave van November 14, 2010 at 12:22 am

    @confuse thanks alot for the info.

  • Reply Brenda Hollenbeck July 19, 2011 at 2:37 am

    There is only one product bin the wsorld that will dry up a HOTSPOT in hours, its called coolspot2000, it is endorsed by Golden Retriever Club and breeders and Vets. This condition is horrible, I found it really did the job immediately…and the dog stopped licking his feet and wounds.

  • Reply alcoholanddrugabuse September 18, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    @confuse what did the vet do for your dog?

  • Reply Patrick Ambrosio December 16, 2011 at 12:36 pm


  • Reply awakenchange May 1, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    what if it's pollen or grass and you live on an acre with very active dogs?! 2 different vets just want to give a steriod shot and call it good. i'm out of $ and patients! HELP!!!! all 3 of my dogs now have this! one eats a special diet so food is not the issue. again i say HELP!!!

  • Reply VetVid May 7, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Allergy testing to determine if desensitization injections can help.

  • Reply TexasRose50 January 19, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    It is scary when th vet says they don't know what is wrong! Since I didn't get any answers here, guess I will continue to search.

  • Reply Ana Calzadilla March 30, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Ana Calzadilla-Thank you.

  • Reply Lorie Gross April 2, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Lorie Gross
    Good to know

  • Reply stephanie galang May 7, 2013 at 9:26 am

    I have a lab. And

  • Reply stephanie galang May 7, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I have a lab. Who has this kind of disease for 2 years and a half now. We keep coming back to the veterinarian but all he does is do tests and i dont know maybe some experiments… He would advise me to do this and that but it does not completely solve the problem because it keeps coming back. Im really worried now because he's talking about this injection that will put my dog to sleep and thats it. My dog has been into a lot of medications already please help me

  • Reply Ulviye B. August 22, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    no knowledge all advertisement!!!

  • Reply Littlethings January 7, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Great video. Thank u so much for posting. We are currently trying to figure out our dog's allergies. She has been having these outbursts for years now & still no answers. 🙁

  • Reply Steve Diana January 28, 2014 at 2:22 am

    CURED! Our 4 year old Pit Bull started out with hair loss in spots (we thought was an allergy) followed by swollen red paws followed by weight gain, super lethargic behavior (like Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh), then nasty bumps on his on his neck, back and later nasty smelling yeast blooms all over his legs, underbelly and chest. Man did that stink up our home! We spent way too much on expensive musical chair diets, mild shampoos every two days, benadryl and more. Turns out a tech at PetSmart said her Lab had the same symptoms and it turned out to be a hyperthyroid problem, which can be detected with a simple T4 blood test. Just like the gal said, we got our puppy back to normal within a month of being on affordable thyroid meds. He lost the weight, his skin is great, his pep is back and the yeast is gone! Plus now we mix cooked chicken, peas and carrots into his dry food. He loves it. Hope this helps all of you looking for answers.

  • Reply Rayhan Hossain June 1, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    did not know about the facts. thanks for your video. 🙂 I have applied these home remedies for my dog 

  • Reply Chickie Babe July 5, 2014 at 1:23 am

    My Teacup Chihuahua (BeeBee) has been scratching her  eyes and sucks feet (done since I adopted) BUT…she does suffer from dermatistis of the skin from fleas ( it is July so loads of pollen).  This last bout really upset her skin and if you know chihiuahua's it is their neck skin that suffers.  Poor little thing, really tore at her skin and it is still coming back.  But as this clears I stupidly picked flowers (wild) and brought them into the house.  She started to scratching at her eyes and her neck.  I love this little 3lb + amazing creature.  BE AWARE.  *Think* before you bring in flowers into the home they can t tell us that they don t feel well and we presume that life is a bowl of cherries.  When a creature looks at you with those big brown eyes with love and admiration it is the least we can do.  Remember you chose to have this life in your s and it is our responsibility to do whatever the cost or difficulty.  If you think it is all poppys and rainbows, it is not . Loyalty is far more than that.  Kiss your dog and love them – love them more than they do of you

  • Reply Sabrina September 1, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    I saw a dog come in with several hanging sac like things hanging off their skin all over the body.  There was one very large mass that didn't look like the others that was 5-7 inches long.  It was on the dog's abdomen and had lots of puss, and it was open too since it was so big the dog could barely lay down.  The dog did lick it quite a bit.  We biopsied multiple sites and found two different types of cancer, but for the large one on the abdomen it turned out to be chronic dermatitis.

  • Reply Matyme September 27, 2014 at 12:08 am

    I'm going to remove all the grass from my back yard. My two dogs are allergic to some type of grass or weed and both are miserable. We have changed their diet countless of times. Give them allergy meds, bathed them alot, and still nothing. We don't take ours to the vet because our vet has no idea what he is doing and last time we took our dog he ended up with worms and everything got worse. If this doesn't help I will have to find a vet out of state. 

  • Reply denisejeanthetford September 15, 2015 at 4:59 am

    Spent 2k going to different vets and they still could not diagnose her. Just gave her antibiotics and skin cream. After the pills ran out the sores came back. So frustrating! Still fighting the problem after 2 yrs. The only thing that really seems to help her is to apply apple vinegar on her everyday.

  • Reply dutchessbeautysalon October 3, 2015 at 3:55 pm

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  • Reply Emily Castellon December 4, 2015 at 2:32 am

    so my dog is a Chihuahua and is about 2 years old and she is scratching and biting a certain spot which caused hair loss jn that spot. I dont know what it is but if you do please reply to me and tell me what i have to do because the vet i take my dog if very far and cost alot of money so please if you know anything please tell me

  • Reply Shiney Joseph December 4, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    my dog has scrotum eczema .please help me .how to cure it in less time .please .I can't see him in pain

  • Reply Levi Jackson March 13, 2016 at 9:40 am

    When you comes to picking the best dog food for skin allergies, the most favorite are salmon meat. Because the fish is very rich in having the all the necessary fatty acids, that can support skin and eye health. Dogs who usually fed with this diet seem to have very sleek coats.

  • Reply angela macias March 5, 2017 at 6:59 am

    My dog has itchy skin and red, also some pus around the arm

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  • Reply Shin Hwa April 9, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Hi,What diagnostics do you use for intradermal skin testing in dogs?

  • Reply Bri Khamp May 3, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    my dog doesn't lick his feet but he's been scratching himself raw and now he keeps getting a right ear infection. he's very sensitive with his food and gets stressed. his under arms are red and his back is flakey and red. his face is also itchy. is this what he has? is there anything I can do to help him at home?

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  • Reply Shreeya Malla August 10, 2017 at 8:29 am

    hello,its been a month that my dog is getting problems….he has ichy skin…specifically in the head area and also in the stomach area follwed by hair loss…he is just 4 mths old now…while taking to vet..he said it is contagious to human also…and gives injection referring it as antiboitics…he has been taking several injection
    . is it right way to treat him cause i dont see good changes in my dog. is it right that my dog should not be showered cause he is been taking injections??

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  • Reply Rathnakar Domala November 21, 2017 at 10:45 am

    sir my dog have allergies.. pls give medicine

  • Reply Miljan Krkic March 3, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    There are several ideas you can try
    consure higher quantities of fruit and vegatables.
    Have more water
    eliminate smoking.
    Reduce your stress level.
    (I learned these and the reasons they work from Takiras magic method website )

  • Reply JoJoZep ofthejungle August 18, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    Calloidal silver cream I made at home with silver, emulsifying wax and glycerine cures my dogs feet itch in only 2days. No I don't sell it but you can make it by learning from Google or You Tube videos.

  • Reply Bad Company September 26, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Thanks but no thanks. I have spent thousands at the Vets put my dog through steroid treatments, antibiotics, you name it. They have never figured it out and I'm sure they never will

  • Reply Mario Moreno March 24, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Typical. See the vet. No sure fix. Out money. Still no cure..

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