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Fairfield Veterinary surgeons Terry Dunne and Geraldine Young write "Interesting Pet Stories" articles for the Hinckley Herald, published by the Hinckley Times.

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"Alfie McKenzie" - Atopic Allergic Dermatitis

Whilst we have all been enjoying the dying embers of summer this year it is all too apparent that Winter is almost upon us.

This Indian summer we all enjoyed had a rather disappointing consequence for many of our canine patients like "Alfie" who suffer from "atopic allergic dermatitis".

This debilitating condition causes intense generalised itching from a relatively young age (6 months to 3years old) particularly involving the feet and ears

.Labradors are among the specific breeds of dog which are genetically predisposed. The severe pruritus (itching) is triggered by a dramatic inflammatory response to environmental allergens such as house dust mites and flower pollens. This process has a degree of similarity to "hay fever" in humans.

Considering that "Alfie" cannot avoid contact with these ubiquitous proteins, treatment is targeted at controlling the patient's own inflammatory response. With the extended summer many plants have flowered for a second time releasing more pollens into the environment and exacerbating the condition which for many has usually eased by October.

Sadly, "Alfie" is one of the more severely affected patients who requires supportive treatment all year round. Fortunately, he has dedicated owners who manage his condition briiliantly as his photo can testify. Tuning in to the waxing and waning of his disease means that his owners can adjust his medication and tailor the dosage to his needs which is a crucial factor in successfully controlling this lifelong problem.

Unlike the rest of us who are already thinking of Spring, "Alfie" will be hoping for an extended and snow filled winter!

Terry Dunne
BVMS, Cert SAO, MRCVS

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