Canine atopic dermatitis is a very common allergic skin disease in dogs. In fact, some dermatologists estimate that up to one third of the dog population is affected. The primary symptom of atopic dermatitis is itching which can result in hair loss and skin infections and reduced quality of life. Like hay fever, atopy is triggered by seasonal pollen and other airborne allergens.
Canine Atopic Dermatitis Therapeutic (CADI) is a new therapy introduced by Zoetis that helps reduce the itching in atopic dogs. It is a monthly antibody injection that mimics the dog’s immune system to help neutralize the main cause of itching in this population of dogs.
In a study of CADI it was found to reduce itching within one day after a single injection, control itching for a full month, and improve skin condition caused by atopic dermatitis.
I recently treated Tess, my 10 year old German Shepherd with chronic atopic dermatitis, and the response has been amazing. She has not been this itch-free and this comfortable in years.
Carl D. Anderson, DVM