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#ASKAVET Roundup: The Itchy Disease That You’ve Never Heard Of

August 21, 2014

One of the most common conditions seen by veterinarians — itchy dogs — is caused by a condition that most non-medical people have never heard of. What is this mystery disease? It’s called atopy, and it’s the medical term for allergies. Everybody knows about it, but nobody’s ever heard the name; even my spell checker hasn’t heard of it! In people, it goes by the…  

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‘Hot Spots’ Are Not Just for Nightlife

June 20, 2012

I’ve written before about atopy, or allergies to inhaled substances (usually pollen.) Atopy is one of those words that describes something very common, but I would bet you’ve not heard the term before. I love picking apart latin roots for words (did you know that the Latin name for humpback whales – megaptera noveagliae – means ‘big-winged New Englander’?) but I have not a clue…  

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