Cronic itching and how washing dog helps a lot

Key Points

  • All skin allergies (atopic dermatitis) cause bacterial infections due to what is known as the barrier defect
  • Dogs can eventually become allergic to the bacteria and yeast themselves, triggering an escalating cycle of infection
  • Dr Valerie A Fadock lectured to 200 vets at North American Veterinary Conference that simple frequent baths can be an excellent treatment
  • Dog owners should use shampoos containing chlorhexidine, an antiseptic, followed by rinses and leave-on solutions with specific fatty acids thought to restore the skin's barrier function
  • Washing frequently does not dry out hair and skin

After washing leave on lotion

Resicort 1% hydrocortisone