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What is canine atopic dermatitis?

Canine atopic dermatitis (ay-TOP-ick dur-ma-TIE-tiss) is a common allergic skin disease,1 affecting almost 10% of dogs worldwide.2 It may be caused by genes that make your dog more likely to have a strong reaction when exposed to allergens.3

Like human allergies, it can be triggered by pollens or molds during certain seasons, or by dust mites or other allergens in the environment.3

Over time, atopic dermatitis can worsen and become a serious health issue. Your dog’s skin can become extremely itchy, red, scaly and irritated. If your dog is not treated, there is a risk of hair loss, skin infections and ear infections.3

Scratching can disturb sleep

Dogs with atopic dermatitis may lose interest in playing or wake their owners in the night with sounds of licking, chewing and scratching. This constant itching and scratching can have a negative effect on the daily life and happiness of your dog—and even on your dog’s relationship with you and your family.4

Atopic dermatitis is a life-long condition, but with help from your veterinarian, the itching can be controlled so your dog and you can enjoy doing the things you love again.

Indication: CYTOPOINT aids in the reduction of clinical signs associated with atopic dermatitis in dogs.

References: 1. Olivry T, Bäumer W. Atopic itch in dogs: pharmacology and modeling. In: Cowan A, Yosipovitch G, eds. Pharmacology of Itch, Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology. 2015:357-369. doi:10.1007/978-3-662-44605-8_19. 2. Nuttall T, Uri M, Halliwell R. Canine atopic dermatitis—what have we learned? Vet Rec. 2013;172(8):201-207. doi:10.1136/vr.f1134. 3. Olivry T, DeBoer DJ, Favrot C, et al. Treatment of canine atopic dermatitis: 2010 clinical practice guidelines from the International Task Force on Canine Atopic Dermatitis.Vet Dermatol. 2010;21(3):233-248. doi:10.1111/j.1365-3164.2010.00889.x. 4. Gonzales AJ, Humphrey WR, Messamore JE, et al. Interleukin-31: its role in canine pruritus and naturally occurring canine atopic dermatitis. Vet Dermatol. 2013;24(1):48-53. doi:10.1111/j.1365-3164.2012.01098.x.

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