Frequently Asked Questions about Atopic Dermatitis Medication for Dogs
What is atopic dermatitis in dogs?
Atopic dermatitis in dogs is a chronic inflammatory skin disease caused by allergies. Often caused by airborne or environmental allergens, atopic dermatitis causes itching and skin inflammation that can be very uncomfortable for dogs. Symptoms include excessive scratching, licking and biting of the skin or ears, skin irritation and redness, and thickened or darkened areas on the skin. Although there is no cure for it, desensitization therapy can help decrease the allergic reaction, and anti-inflammatory drugs can bring relief for any remaining symptoms. Your dog may also need antibiotics or antifungals to treat secondary infections caused by atopic dermatitis.
Do I need a prescription to get atopic dermatitis medicine for dogs?
You do need a prescription to get most atopic dermatitis medicine for dogs. Immunomodulatory or anti-inflammatory medications like antihistamines and steroids for atopic dermatitis are available only by prescription. Many medicated shampoos that provide relief for atopic dermatitis are also prescription-only. See your vet for an exam and expert diagnosis if you suspect your pet may have atopic dermatitis. You can easily get the medications your vet prescribes from Chewy and have them shipped directly to your door for convenience. Simply them order online and upload your vet's information, and we'll handle the rest!