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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 07:03 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone used Atopica 50mg before for Itchy Paws?

Hi All. My 5 year old GSD has suffered with itchy paws for about the last 3 years.
She was tested for allergies and is allergic to dust mites.
We've treated the carpets, she's been on steroids, Apoquel and now on Atopica 50mg which are mega expensive! There appears to be a reasonable improvement after a week..
Does anyone have any experience with using Atopica 50mg for allergies/itchy paws?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 01:37 PM
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Apoquel and Atopica are some pretty heavy meds!

Have you ever tried to do an elimination diet with a ONE protein, commercially prepared and balance, raw food diet and treats, without ANY form of chicken in it to see if it helped? IMHO, this is safer.

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Article on Atopica:
Is Atopica Safe For Dogs? - Dogs Naturally Magazine


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We've used cyclosporine (sp?) or the generic version of atopica. It helped with the itching, but I also remember her blowing her coat like never before. It took some time to grow back too, she looked ridiculous. We have her straightened out for the most part now and only mild flare ups. We use Zyrtec as needed and that's enough if we act as soon as tbe itching begins.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 06:43 PM
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My dog was on Atopica and it really did not work. She was switched to Apoquel and is still itching. On a scale of 1 to 10 , she itches between a 1 to 4 some days are different. I guess that is as good as we will get. Just so frustrated with this whole thing.
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