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Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common, genetically predisposed, inflammatory and pruritic allergic skin disease1. It is associated most commonly with IgE antibodies to environmental allergens1.

AD is one of the most common cause of canine pruritus, along with flea allergy dermatitis2.

The prevalence of atopic dogs in the general population is hard to estimate but could be around 10% of 1-3 year-old dogs2,3 and up to 30% in dogs with skin disorders2.


AD is a chronic relapsing condition usually requiring life-long therapy5


Ruling out of other skin conditions (ectoparasites, microbial infections, food intolerance, flea bite allergy, etc.)1

Historical and clinical features of the condition  (age at onset, living environment, affected areas, corticosteroid-responsive pruritus, etc.) 1,3,4

Assessment of skin reactivity by IntraDermal Testing (IDT) or detection of IgE by Allergen-Specific IgE Serology (ASIS) testing1,5



  1. Hensel P, Santoro D, Favrot C, Hill P, Griffin C. Canine atopic dermatitis: Detailed guidelines for diagnosis and allergen identification. BMC Vet Res 2015; 11: 196.
  2. Hillier A, Griffin CE. The ACVD task force on canine atopic dermatitis (I): Incidence and prevalence. Vet Immunol Immunopathol 2001; 81(3-4): 147-51.
  3. Bensignor E. [Canine atopic dermatitis]. Bull Acad Natl Med 2010; 194(7): 1357-64.
  4. Favrot C, Steffan J, Seewald W, Picco F. A prospective study on the clinical features of chronic canine atopic dermatitis and its diagnosis. Vet Dermatol 2010; 21(1): 23-31.
  5. Olivry T et al. International Committee on Allergic Diseases of Animals. Treatment of canine atopic dermatitis: 2015 updated guidelines from the International Committee on Allergic Diseases of Animals (ICADA). BMC Vet Res 2015; 11: 210.