Though the exact pathogenesis is not fully understood, we know that atopic dermatitis (AD) is an allergic response to things in the environment -- like pollens, grasses, trees, house dust mites, etc.
AD is common and affects over 50% of dogs with skin diseases.
The good news -- omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory effects to help improve red, inflamed, itchy skin associated with atopic dermatitis.
Optimal amounts of essential fatty acids, vitamin A, zinc, and biotin help improve the composition and structure of the skin barrier.
Patients with AD often require multiple therapies to control clinical signs, including anti-pruritic medications, supplements, and topical treatments.
Proper nutritional management can help reduce the amount and number of therapies required.