There are many different types of skin conditions that dogs can have – some are genetic, whereas others may be due to environmental factors. There is also a subset of conditions (allergies) and are believed to be both genetic, and have some type of environmental trigger. Depending on the condition these conditions may be relatively simple to treat, or they may require long-term management strategies.
Canine Atopic Dermatitis is one of the most common causes of itchy dogs, however it can be difficult to diagnose and complicated to manage. There are three pillars to the management of environmental allergies in dogs – reduce allergen presence, diet/supplements, and medications.
An introduction to dog food allergies – information about the identification, and diagnosis of dog food allergies, along with the breakdown of how dog food elimination trials are done, and how to select a diet for a trial.