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This course covers key diagnostic, treatment and communication elements involved in successful diagnosis and effective treatment of acute and chronic canine allergic dermatitis.
- Key elements in diagnosis of canine pruritus and treatment of allergic dermatitis
- Stop the pruritus: we will discuss features of both Apoquel® (oclacitinib tablet) and Cytopoint® to clarify decision-making in the acute and chronic phasis of allergic dermatitis, and flexible dosing of Apoquel. Assessment and interpretation of Apoquel and/or Cytopoint perceived treatment failures will be discussed.
- Assess for ectoparasites: diagnostic techniques as well as the importance of trial ectoparaciticidal therapy will be discussed with a focus on the isooxazoline class.
- Assess for and treat secondary infections: Cytology will be discussed including tips to leverage your technicians in the diagnostic process as well as VetScan Imagyst™ technology.
- Key elements in the management of chronic allergic dermatitis
- Communication tips will be discussed, including key concepts and statements to maximize understanding and compliance.
- Anchor therapies and supportive therapies for management of chronic atopic dermatitis and perceived failure of previously successful anchor therapy
- Investigate flare factors to assess increases in itch in previously controlled atopic dogs.
- Outline the key elements in the diagnosis of allergic dermatitis and communicate a diagnostic plan to a client or colleague.
- Develop a long-term treatment plan for a patient with chronic atopic dermatitis including anchor and supportive therapies.
- Construct a treatment plan to control allergic pruritus during an ectoparasite or elimination diet trial, and discontinue therapy to interpret the results.
- Evaluate history, diagnostic findings, patient and client needs to synthesize an optimal anchor therapy or therapy for an allergic flare