The Löwchen breed and Atopic Dermatitis

Dog owner question

"Hi! Our Löwchen dog, named Daisy, has been showing strange skin problems for the last few months. She has started to scratch excessively, her skin is red and swollen, and she is also balding in some places. What could be the problem?"

Veterinarian's reply

"Hi! It seems that Daisy is probably suffering from atopic dermatitis, which is a common allergic skin condition in dogs, and the Löwchen breed of dog is particularly prone to it.

Atopic dermatitis is a chronic skin inflammation that develops when a dog has an over-sensitive reaction to certain environmental allergens. Examples of such allergens are dust mites, mould, pollen or certain foods.

Symptoms of the disease include itching, redness, swelling, baldness and sometimes skin infections.

To confirm the diagnosis, it is recommended that you take Daisy for a veterinary examination, where the doctor can also perform an allergy test.

If atopic dermatitis is diagnosed, treatment may include avoidance of allergens (as far as possible), treatment of symptoms with medication, and special diets.

As this is a chronic condition, Daisy is likely to need long-term treatment and care.

The disease cannot be cured, but the symptoms can be well managed and with the right care Daisy can live a full life.

It is also important that dog breeders and prospective Löwchen dog owners are aware of this genetic predisposition and take timely steps to avoid it!

I wish Daisy good luck with her treatment and hope she gets better soon!"

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