It’s Allergy Awareness Week, and we want to shed light on a common struggle for our pugs – Atopic Dermatitis. 

This condition causes intense itching due to allergic reactions to substances like pollen and household dust. Understanding its signs and treatments can make a huge difference! Keep an eye out for:

– excessive scratching and head-shaking,

– red, sore or flaky skin, around the eyes, ears, in between the paws and on their tummies,

– irritated ears

– rubbing their ears or muzzle

These could all be signs of Atopic Dermatitis.

Left untreated, it can lead to more severe symptoms like hair loss and ear infections. Before jumping to conclusions, it’s essential to rule out parasites like fleas or mites. Once confirmed, treatment involves managing secondary infections and providing relief from itching. Medicated shampoos and ear treatments play a crucial role in this process.


Food allergies can also contribute to Atopic Dermatitis. Exclusive hypoallergenic diets can help pinpoint food-related triggers. Though pricey, it’s an investment in your pup’s health.

Medications prescribed by your vet may offer relief with fewer side effects to traditional steroids, but if symptoms persist you may need a referral to a specialist.

This summary only touches the surface of Atopic Dermatitis, but we hope it provides insight into this common canine condition.

For more details, please read the full article by PDWRA’s volunteer vet advisor, Helen, at:


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