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, household or garden chemicals
- External Parasites: flea, mosquitoes, ticks
- Food: protein sources
It can be quite a challenge for your veterinarian to determine the allergen that is causing the problem.
Canine Atopic Dermatitis (CAD) is an allergy to environmental allergens. It's a common disease that affects 10% to 15% of dogs. Some breeds are predisposed to Canine Atopic Dermatitis such as West Highland White Terriers, Lhasa Apso, English and Irish Setters, Retrievers, Boxer, Bulldogs, and Dalmatians.
The skin barrier is essential to help protect the body from allergens. DOUXO® can help you care for your dog and restore its skin barrier.
The main symptom of allergies is skin irritation. Dogs with allergies are itchy and often chew on their feet, rub their faces on the carpet or furniture, or scratch their sides and belly reddening the skin.
They are also prone to ear infections. Chronic reddened and dirty ears or even repetitive ear infections may be a sign your pet has allergies.
Secondary bacterial infections of the skin are common as scratching and licking can contaminate the damaged skin barrier. That's why it's essential to clean and care for the skin between flare-ups with DOUXO® .