Allergies are caused by an excessive reaction of the body to certain molecules ('allergens') that can come from a variety of sources, including:
- environment: grass, pollen, dust mites, fabrics, chemicals
- parasites: flea or mosquito bites,
- food: food components and additives.
It can be quite a challenge for your vet to determine the allergen that is causing the problem.
Canine Atopic Dermatitis or CAD is the name of the disease caused by dog's allergy to environmental allergens. It's a common disease that concern 10% to 15% of the dogs. Some breeds are predisposed to Canine Atopic Dermatitis such as West Highland White Terriers, Lhassa Apso, English and Irish Setters, Retrievers, Boxer, Bulldogs and Dalmatians.
The skin barrier is essential to protect the body from allergens and atopic dogs exhibit skin barrier defects. That's why it's essential to take care and protect their skin barrier. DOUXO® can help you every day to take care of your dog and to restore its skin barrier.
The main symptoms of allergy are skin irritation. Allergic dogs are 'itchy' and also often chew on their feet, rub their faces on the carpet or furniture or scratch their sides and belly. The skin may be reddened.
They are also prone to ear infections. It can be the only sign: chronic red and dirty ears or even repetitive ear infections with pus. Itch remains a frequent sign.
Secondary bacterial infections of the skin are common as scratching and licking can contaminate the damaged skin barrier. And in dogs, as in atopic children, we clearly observe a skin flora imbalance during atopic flares. That's why it's essential to clean and care the skin between flares with DOUXO® skin care solutions.