I am so glad that my vet and I decided to give Atopica a try. I have a two-year old female standard dachshund who has been afflicted with a skin condition since she was about 8 months old. To make a long story short, we first thought she had a food allergy as her skin's condition was symptomatic of one (red, bumpy, itchy skin; patches of thin hair/missing hair; black colored "armpits"; and a yeasty odor). After giving her a special diet (duck and potato) and sticking to it religiously for about a year, she still had no relief.
My vet and I then came to the conclusion that if her condition caused by a food allergy, it must be triggered by an external allergen (atopic dermatitis). Atopica is a drug to treat this skin disorder. In the past, I guess steroids would usually be prescribed, but they are not without SERIOUS side effects, so those were out of the question for me. Atopica is a bit pricey, but the price on VetDepot.com is substantially cheaper than at my vet's office. So we decided to give it a try.
Let me just say that I could not be happier with Chloe's reaction! Her skin began to clear up within 2 days of starting the Atopica. Her chin, her "worst" area (reddest, bumpiest, apparently itchiest) began to calm down immediately and within a week, her coat began to look much, much better. We've now been on Atopica for about 4 weeks (2 more weeks to go of the full dose - a daily pill) and she looks almost 100% better. I am so thankful for this drug!
If your dog has a bad skin condition -- and you've ruled everything else out: parasites, food allergy, etc. -- you must try Atopica. Oh, and my dog, despite having a very sensitive tummy, did not have a bad reaction to Atopica. Not saying your dog won't, but my dog IS sensitive and she did not! Good luck and may your pup live dermatitis-free!