An itchy dog is a common client complaint and can be a challenge for the veterinary healthcare team. Canine atopic dermatitis (CAD) is a pruritic, chronic, and relapsing inflammatory dermatosis. The diagnosis requires ruling out other common causes of itch, such as environmental allergies, ectoparasitism, infection and adverse food reaction (AFR). Medication and environmental modification play important roles in the control of pruritic disease in dogs. However, the benefit of nutritional modification often is overlooked, beyond its role in management of AFR. The dietary modification can be used to control and perhaps even prevent clinical signs of CAD, while the mechanisms behind the role of certain nutrients in prevention and management of active disease remains to be an exciting area of research. This contribution reviews the current literature on the role of nutrition in atopic dermatitis, including the role proteins, egg, amino acids, vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, fatty acids, polyphenols and prebiotics.
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Iveta Becvarova, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVN joined the Professional & Veterinary Affairs group at Hill’s Pet Nutrition Europe in 2011 where she currently serves as Director of Academic Affairs. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor - Veterinary Nutrition at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, USA. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN) in July 2007. She completed her Master of Science degree in Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences and Nutrition Residency program at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006 and earned her DVM degree in 1999 from the University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno, Czech Republic. The majority of her professional career has been in in academic veterinary medicine as a Clinical Assistant Professor – Veterinary Nutrition at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in the USA. She is a past president of the board of the ACVN, a member of the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition (AAVN) and of the European Society of Veterinary & Comparative Nutrition (ESVCN). Dr. Becvarova conducted studies in obesity, body composition and oxidative stress.
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