Posts in dermatology
Lokivetmab – a new treatment for canine atopic dermatitis

Why do this module?

Lokivetmab is a new treatment for reducing the clinical signs of atopic dermatitis in dogs. It is also a new type of medicine (a monoclonal antibody) for the treatment of animals in the UK. This module explains about monoclonal antibodies, summarises what is known about the efficacy and safety of lokivetmab in the treatment of canine atopic dermatitis, and discusses where it might fit in the management of atopic dermatitis. 

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Tea Tree Oil in companion animals

Tea tree oil is widely advocated as a home remedy for skin infections and for controlling flea infestations. Vets may therefore see animals that have been treated with tea tree oil, or owners might ask for advice about its use. This module sets out the evidence on the benefits and harms of tea tree oil in companion animals, and describes what can be done if tea tree oil has caused harm to a pet.

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Update to dermatitis guidelines

The international guidelines on the management of canine atopic dermatitis received their first update in August 2015 (the first minor 5-year update; the guidelines will receive a major update every 10 years). In this module, we highlight the main changes to the guidelines (which concern the use of oclacitinib, antihistamines and masitinib), and comment on how the new recommendations relate to UK practice. 

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Treatment for canine atopic dermatitis: international guidelines summarised

A summary of the first international guidelines on canine atopic dermatitis. These evidence-based clinical guidelines, which were published in 2010, were the first of their kind in veterinary dermatology. This distilled version of them (with UK-specific information added where relevant).  will aid familiarity with the guidelines. The guidelines were updated in 2015 - see also our guide to the updates

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Shampoos for dogs- don't get in a lather over choice

There are a lot of dogs shampoos out there. Some are licensed as veterinary medicines; most are not. Here we look at shampoos that contain active ingredients and summarise the clinical trial evidence looking at whether they can help in the treatment of canine skin diseases. Use it to help decide about the range of shampoos to stock in your practice. 

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