Canine atopic dermatitis: a retrospective study of 266 cases examined at the University of California, Davis, 1992-1998. Part I. Clinical features and allergy testing results

Vet Dermatol. 2002 Apr;13(2):89-102. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-3164.2002.00285.x.


The medical records of 266 dogs diagnosed as having atopic dermatitis were reviewed. Statistical data were evaluated referable to breed predilections, clinical signs and positive reactions to allergens. Positive reactions were most common to house dust mites (more common with clinical signs in the fall) followed by moulds (more common with clinical signs in the fall and spring). Dogs with positive reactions to moulds, trees or cultivated plants were more likely to have skin and ear yeast infections. Dogs with positive reactions to cultivated plants were more likely to have otitis externa and pedal lesions. Positive reactions to house dust were more common in dogs with early onset of signs and in those tested early in the disease. Dogs had more positive reactions to weeds when allergy tests were performed in the summer and fall. Positive reactions to flea antigen were highly correlated with the clinical diagnosis of flea allergy dermatitis.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antigens, Dermatophagoides
  • Breeding
  • California / epidemiology
  • Dermatitis, Atopic / complications
  • Dermatitis, Atopic / epidemiology
  • Dermatitis, Atopic / etiology
  • Dermatitis, Atopic / veterinary*
  • Dog Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Dog Diseases / etiology*
  • Dog Diseases / immunology
  • Dog Diseases / pathology
  • Dogs
  • Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay / veterinary
  • Female
  • Glycoproteins
  • Intradermal Tests / veterinary
  • Male
  • Otitis Externa / complications
  • Otitis Externa / veterinary
  • Records / veterinary
  • Retrospective Studies


  • Antigens, Dermatophagoides
  • Glycoproteins