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Allergies in dogs and cats: Atopic dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis is an inflammatory and itchy skin disease in which the clinical characteristics are commonly associated with the presence of IgE antibodies to environmental allergens.

The allergens most commonly associated with allergy or hypersensitivity are pollens, environmental mites, food, drugs and other chemical compounds that may behave like allergens.

The routes by which an animal has contact with these agents are the transcutaneous, digestive or inhalation routes.

In atopic dermatitis, there is a genetic predisposition to suffering from the disease, and repeated contact with the allergens involved is necessary.