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Companion Animal Practice
Current concepts in the diagnosis and management of atopic dermatitis
  1. Tim Nuttall

    Tim Nuttall graduated from the University of Bristol in 1992. He spent three years in practice before joining the Dermatology Service at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh. While there, he gained the RCVS certificate in veterinary dermatology, and has just completed a PhD studying the pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis in dogs. He plans to pursue this interest further when he joins Liverpool veterinary school in October as a lecturer in dermatology.


ATOPIC dermatitis is a syndrome characterised by chronic itchy and inflamed skin which causes great distress to sufferers and concern to owners. Atopy is second only to fleas as a cause of skin disease in dogs and accounts for about 50 per cent of the author's referral caseload. Atopic dermatitis is also recognised in cats, and has been reported in horses and goats. It is usually associated with a hypersensitivity reaction to environmental allergens that are of little clinical significance in normal animals. Successful management of atopic dermatitis requires the implementation of several strategies, tailored to the individual patient. This article discusses the practicalities of, and underlying rationale for, currently recommended treatment regimens.

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