Podcast CE: Top 5 tips from a dermatologist for treating dogs with allergic dermatitis


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Program Description

This course covers key diagnostic, treatment and communication elements involved in successful diagnosis and effective treatment of acute and chronic canine allergic dermatitis.

Program Agenda

  • 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

Learning Objectives

  1. Investigate flare factors to assess increases in itch in previously controlled atopic dogs.
  2. Outline the key elements in the diagnosis of allergic dermatitis and communicate a diagnostic plan to a client or colleague.
  3. Develop a long-term treatment plan for a patient with chronic atopic dermatitis including anchor and supportive therapies.
  4. Construct a treatment plan to control allergic pruritus during an ectoparasite or elimination diet trial, and discontinue therapy to interpret the results.
  5. Evaluate history, diagnostic findings, patient and client needs to synthesize an optimal anchor therapy or therapy for an allergic flare
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