When the weather starts to warm up and the days getting longer, the plants are starting to flower and pollen is in the air. Itchy dogs are staring to scratch and many of our allergic patients are starting to feel the effects of inflamed skin, ears, eyes and respiratory tracts.

Should your animal friend be suffering with the itches and scratches, excessive licking, shaking ears, sneezing or weepy eyes she or he may suffer from atopic or contact dermatitis. Whilst “allergic dermatitis” is common in dogs there are many causes and other conditions which can look exactly the same but are treated differently. It is important to distinguish between them, and treat the correct problem, as many conditions get worse when treated for the incorrect  diagnosis. There are also may differing treatment options for allergic cases.