Chronic Skin Diseases

This is a video that addresses food allergy, atopy, and chronic skin infections.

Dermatology and some of the changes in its utility are discussed.

Several points of “bad medicine” are brought up.


  1. Lots of steroids (Even continuous steroids)
  2. Apoquel immune suppression
  3. Cytopoint vaccine
  4. Lots of antibiotics, even 24x7x365
  5. Changing food

Important points like:

  1. Antibiotics won’t work without reducing inflammation
  2. Reducing inflammation won’t work if infection is ALSO present
  3. Apoquel could kill your dog but that might be better than suffering with skin disease.
  4. “Treating for Everything” is certainly a feasible approach.
  5. Cytopoint won’t work in ‘diseased’ skin.
  6. Allergy testing for skin disorders may be pointless when you use Apoquel or Cytopoint.



Dr Erik Johnson is a Marietta, Georgia Veterinarian with a practice in small animal medicine. He graduated from University of Georgia with his Doctorate in 1991. Dr Johnson is the author of several texts on Koi and Pond Fish Health and Disease as well as numerous articles on dog and cat health topics.