Category Archives: Allergy News

Derm Spotlight: Dog Claw Disease aka Symmetric Lupoid Onychitis (SLO)

SLO in Dogs: Often Undetected and Very Painful What is Symmetric Lupoid Onychitis (SLO)? This is an autoimmune condition that only affects the claws. The immune system targets multiple claws on more than one paw causing claw distortion and loss. Initially, one or two claws are lost, then over a course of weeks to months […]

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Wild Animal Allergies: American Bison

Dr. Seals assisted the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch veterinary team located in Murchison, TX. This facility is a world-renowned animal sanctuary for domestic and exotic animals. They have an American Bison with a history of seasonal itch/pruritus progressing over the past few years. The bison has rubbed several patches of hair out and has […]

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Derm Spotlight: Environmental Allergies

How Do You Know If Your Pet Has One? Is your pet itchy? Does your pets’ skin look red and inflamed? Are they malodorous? If so, these may be signs that your pet has atopic dermatitis or environmental allergies. Atopic dermatitis is a skin sensitivity to common allergens found in our everyday environment including pollens […]

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New Year Trivia: Wild Animals Allergies

Did you know that wild animals can develop allergies too!? Dr. Seals assisted the Fort Worth Zoo veterinary team in allergy testing Xochi the Jaguar. Xochi has a history of overgrooming her body. This is a sign of itch and skin changes associated with allergy. Her allergy test (see photo below) shows that she is […]

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New Class of Flea and Tick Control – Isoxazolines

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The new class of flea and tick control, termed isoxazolines, includes the new products: NexGard, Bravecto, and Simparica. In addition to flea and tick control, it has effective ‘off-label’ use for the treatment of generalized demodicosis (red mange) and Otodectes cynotis (ear mites). We are excited there is another class of medications that show good efficacy […]

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Disease Spotlight: Fleabite Hypersensitivity

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lay term: Flea Allergy What causes it? When a flea bites an animal, it injects a small amount of saliva into the skin. Many cats and dogs develop an allergy to a protein in the flea saliva. In these pets, small numbers of flea bites will lead to an intense allergic reaction and severe itching. […]

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Innovative New Therapy for Atopic Dermatitis

Since September 2015, the doctors at ADRC have been using an innovative new therapy to help reduce clinical signs associated with atopic dermatitis in dogs. The product, named Canine Atopic Dermatitis Immunotherapeutic, is a first-of-its-kind antibody therapy. Some dermatologists call it CADI for short. At ADRC, we also refer to it as anti-IL-31 monoclonal antibody […]

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Solutions for Ear Infections

Recently, two different drug companies have released very similar topical products for the treatment of ear infections in dogs. Both products contain an antibiotic called chloramphenicol. We consider chloramphenicol to be a “big gun” antibiotic and are encouraging its use be reserved only for infections documented by culture and sensitivity testing to be highly resistant […]

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Pet Case Study: Environmental Allergens

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Cody N. was showing tendencies towards being allergic to environmental allergens and was receiving an allergy blocking medication called Atopica®. At his first visit to ADRC in January 2014 he was diagnosed with an overgrowth of mites (Demodex canis) in his skin. These are mites that normally live in the skin in very low numbers. […]

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New Allergy Blocker, Apoquel

A round table discussion regarding the new allergy blocker Apoquel was held at the North American Veterinary Dermatology Forum in Nashville, TN in April 2015. The round table was not open to all attendees but the results of the discussion were recently published. At ADRC we’ve had concerns about the implications of long term administration […]

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