Itchy skin allergies in dogs linked to problem behaviour, says new study

Date: 
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Source: 
University of Nottingham

New research has found a direct link between dogs who suffer from a common skin allergy that causes chronic itching and problem behaviour.

In the paper, published in the journal Animals, experts from the University of Nottingham’s School of Veterinary Medicine found that the severity of the itch in dogs with canine atopic dermatitis (cAD), was directly linked to behaviour that is considered problematic. This could include – mounting, chewing, hyperactivity, eating faeces, begging for (and stealing) food, excitability, attention-seeking and excessive grooming.

 cAD is a common allergic skin condition in dogs that causes chronic itching. The overall quality of life in dogs with cAD is reduced, and humans with a similar condition - atopic dermatitis commonly referred to as eczema - report significant psychological burdens from itching that increase stress levels.

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