More pets are developing canine atopic dermatitis every year, which means every year more dog owners are coping with pets who are itching, scratching and miserable due to severe skin discomfort. These animals have often begun to suffer during seasonal periods such as spring and fall, but over the years the active phase of atopic dermatitis in dogs usually becomes longer until the pet is often suffering year-round.
Canine atopic dermatitis usually first appears when a dog is between one and three years of age, although some puppies can develop it when they are as young as only six months of age. Since many dogs live to be fifteen years old or older, you can imagine how much suffering they will go through if their pet atopy isn’t brought under control!
Unfortunately, the statistics for successfully treating canine atopic dermatitis aren’t reassuring:
- Steroids can help the itching and control the inflammation in the short-term, but using it for more than a few months can lead to side effects in 85% of dogs. These side effects include minor ones such as weight gain and frequent urination and major ones such as diabetes and heart problems.
- Antihistamines and fatty acid therapies are one of the most common treatments for atopic dermatitis in dogs, but is effective in only about 15-25% of pets treated.
- Desensitization therapy (allergy shots) is helpful in preventing recurring flare-ups of pet atopy in just 60-70% of treated cases. Sadly, while this treatment has a higher incidence of success, it is also the most expensive and most troublesome, since it requires weekly shots for your dog for at least six months before you may see any results.
The odds don’t seem good, do they? That’s because treating canine atopic dermatitis is a difficult problem; one that veterinarians are concerned about because more pets are developing it every year. Fortunately, preventing atopic dermatitis in dogs can be quite simple – the PetAirapy solution alleviates symptoms by thoroughly cleansing the air in your home so that allergens are never a problem for your dog! Learn more about the PetAirapy system and how it can prevent atopic dermatitis by reading about how the system works.
Your dog will thank you for installing the PetAirapy filtration system in your home when he or she stops suffering from canine atopic dermatitis and is no longer one of the unfortunate statistics!