based on these clinical features:
- • Age at onset < 3 years
- • Mostly indoor
- • Corticosteroid-responsive pruritus
- • Chronic or recurrent yeast infections
- • Affected front feet
- • Affected ear pinnae
- • Non-affected ear margins
- • Non-affected dorso-lumbar area
This validated checklist is 85% sensitive and 79% specific when dogs meet at least five of these eight criteria.1 You still need to investigate and rule out alternative or concurrent diagnoses based on the clinical findings.
1Favrot C., et al. A prospective study on the clinical features of chronic canine atopic dermatitis and its diagnosis. Veterinary Dermatology, 2010; 21: 23-31.
with a validated scale
Tracking your patients’ pruritus is crucial to managing their atopic dermatitis. Pet owners usually are usually more concerned about atopic dogs’ pruritus severity than their skin lesions. Download a slightly modified, user-friendly version of a validated pruritus severity scale here. For research trials, the original (two part) version of the scale is available here.
Hill P., et al. Development of an owner-assessed scale to measure the severity of pruritus in dogs. Veterinary Dermatology, 2007; 18: 301-308.
A tool for the rapid scoring of lesions has been developed by Jon Plant, DVM, DACVD and collaborators. Details will be presented at the World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology in July, 2012. The Canine Atopic Dermatitis Lesion Index (CADLI) is available, here along with a scoring guide.
Will you be addressing veterinarians at local, regional, or national continuing education conferences regarding atopic dermatitis and allergy immunotherapy? Veterinarians want to learn more about RESPIT. These slides may help answer their questions during your next presentation.
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