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Breed and site predispositions of dogs with atopic dermatitis: a comparison of five locations in three continents

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The objectives of this multicentre study were to analyse and compare breed predispositions and lesion distributions of 552 dogs diagnosed with atopic dermatitis from five different dermatologic referral centres located in Australia, Germany (2) and the United States (2). Breeds were compared with the canine population in the respective locations. Breed predispositions varied from geographical site, although golden retrievers and German shepherd dogs were predisposed in three of five practices. Lesions were present most commonly on the paws (62%), ventrum (51%), ears (48%) and face (39%). Various breeds had specific site predilections. Based on this study, breed predispositions can vary greatly both between continents and also between different locations on the same continent. In addition, some breeds showed predispositions for certain body sites which also varied in some instances with the geographical location.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Medizinische Kleintierklinik, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany 2: Tierärztliche Spezialisten, Hamburg, Germany 3: Dermatology for Animals, Campbell, CA, USA 4: Animal Skin & Allergy Clinic, Mount Waverley, Melbourne, Vic., Australia 5: College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA

Publication date: February 1, 2010

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