The "I'm not dead yet" Administrator.
Join Date: May 2002
I agree with the above posters and disagree. LOL
Your dog is restless and severely itchy. Waiting and allowing him to be uncomfortable for 8 weeks while doing an alimination diet, seems almost cruel to me.
I think a food elimination diet and medicated baths are a good idea, but you need to get him comfortable as well. So I dont think its wrong to treat the symptoms as your are working on finding the actual cause of the issues. And I would much prefer Apoquel to steroid, even for a few weeks.
Start supporting his gut, Sunday Sundae and fish oils, get him on a very limited ingredient diet and give it the 8 weeks, then wean him off of the Apoquel and see what happens.
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