New tool to help manage your skin cases

smartphone app for veterinarians

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The Hill’s Atopy Index is a free smartphone app for veterinarians that helps simplify the assessment of the Canine Atopic Dermatitis Extent and Severity Index (CADESI-4*), Canine Atopic Dermatitis Lesion Index (CADLI) and pruritus levels in dogs, before and after treatment. 

Comprehensive charts and results can be automatically e-mailed to yourself with a summary report for your clinic records or to further share with your client. Download today from Google or the App store. App is specifically developed for iOS and Android mobile phones (best experience), but is also optimised for tablets.

This app is a simple, easy and visual way to complete the CADESI-4 Assessment in a few minutes!

Veterinarians can assess 3 typical lesions (erythema, lichenification and alopecia/excoriation) at 20 body sites which are most affected in dogs with atopic dermatitis. They can score each lesion on a scale of 0 (not present) to 3 (severe) by tapping on the screen. Also they specifically assess the intensity of pruritus as reported by pet owner at each visit on a scale 0 (not present) to 100 (very intense).

The Visual Report & Tracker helps illustrate this information so that it is easy to follow for both veterinarians and their clients. So what can the Atopy Index App help you do?

  • Assess total the dermatological index based on a validated severity scale in just minutes
  • Visualise the severity index using the usual lateral and ventral view
  • Track the evolution of the total score and severity by each affected area at each visit
  • Send an e-mail to yourself with a summary report for your clinic records or to further share with your client.

You can also download free the Hill’s Dermatology Diagnostic Guide to learn more about diagnosis and multimodal management of Canine Atopic Dermatitis.

CAD is difficult to diagnose. The diagnosis is based on excluding other causes of dermatitis, such as fleas, food allergy, etc. The Canine Atopic Dermatitis Extent and Severity Index (CADESI)-4 has been developed by leading veterinary dermatologists. 

With this scoring system, the vet can see how serious the disease is, and once treated, measure the progress. It is also a very visual way to explain the situation and improvements to clients. 

Management of patients with CAD is equally difficult, and often requires life-long multimodal management, including environmental modification, drugs, shampoos, topicals and specially formulated nutrition. 

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* 1. Plant JD, Gortel K, Kovalik M, et al. Development and validation of the Canine Atopic Dermatitis Lesion Index, a scale for the rapid scoring of lesion severity in canine atopic dermatitis. Veterinary Dermatology 2012; 23:515-e103.

2. Olivry T, Saridomichelakis M, Nuttall T, et al. Validation of the Canine Atopic Dermatitis Extent and Severity Index (CADESI)-4, a simplified severity scale for assessing skin lesions of atopic dermatitis in dogs. Veterinary Dermatology 2014; 25:77-e25.

3. Olivry T., Deboer D.J., Griffin C.E., Halliwell R.E., Hill P.B., Hillier A., Marsella R., Sousa C.A. The ACVD task force on canine atopic dermatitis : forewords and lexicon. Vet. Immunol. Immunopathol., 2001, 81, 143-146.

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