"Murphy" - Labrador with Dermatitis
As Autumn has tightened its grip on the Hinckley weather the level of rainfall has risen substantially. Consequently the numbers of patients seen at Fairfield with summer allergies plummets. Those afflicted with the intense pruritus/scratching that it causes can breathe a huge sigh of relief.
Sadly, there are a significant number of our canine patients like "Murphy" who suffer from atopic allergic dermatitis. This condition is far more severe, encompassing a broader range of environmental allergens akin to asthma in humans. Certain breeds are predisposed and treatment is usually lifelong.
"Murphy" was diagnosed at 6 months of age after extensive diagnostic testing. His owners were counselled with regard to the support he would require throughout his life and not unsurprisingly expressed concerns as to how he would cope.
Ten years on "Murphy" is living proof and a shining example of how appropriate treatment well managed by his owners can produce a patient that is hard to believe suffers from anything! In fact only his grey muzzle betrays his age. . . . . . and I know how that feels!