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All things itchy! Skin stuff explained

Why is my dog itchy?
Ongoing skin issues are one of the trickiest things to deal with and treat effectively. Not only is the constant scratching annoying for us, it is even more annoying for the poor pooches enduring it.  If the itching is not caused by parasites or a food allergy its most likely what's referred to as "atopy", which may as well translate to "allergic to air".  Of course, this is not exactly the case; it's the things within the air that are causing our canine friends to scratch.

How do I know if my dog has atopy?
Atopy in dogs is comparable to human hay fever.  Whilst hayfever causes a runny nose and sneezing for us, it causes itchy skin for our dogs. There is no test to say "yes, your dog has atopy", it is diagnosed by a vet who has analysed your pets individual history and symptoms and is based on the findings of a physical examination.

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