This is Eva, a 4-year-old Jack Russell terrier who had a chronic fluctuating itchy rash on her belly and feet. This is a classic presentation for atopic dermatitis. Just like us, our pets can develop an allergic reaction to an allergen in the environment, such as grass, pollen, dust mites, insect particles, mould spores, dander and much more. As it is an allergy, it cannot be cured, but it can be managed with medication.
However, Eva developed a secondary skin infection by a multi-drug resistant bacteria, which was revealed through culture and sensitivity. We were then able to treat the skin infection with the appropriate antibiotic. We then treated the atopic dermatitis with a monthly injection of cytopoint and a daily dose of cyclosporine and fish oil, which can both be reduced over time. With the help of Dr Tina and Eva's dedication of owners, she is much happier now and is itch-free.
If you notice that your pet is always itchy or has any skin problems, don't hesitate to contact Uni Vets Camden.
Written by Jennifer Truong - Final year Veterinary Student, The University of Sydney.