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12-20-2014 11:11 AM
Heidigsd Glad to hear that Ollie is getting so much relief from the Apoquel...he looks wonderful

Nikki has been on Apoquel off and on since April and has tolerated it well. We are trying hard to figure out why she is having such a hard time with her allergies this year. Every time we try to take her off the Apoquel she chews her paws raw. Her dermatologist has upgraded her allergies to "severe"

We also just ran blood work and it came back "normal"
12-18-2014 08:49 PM
Oliver'smom
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Originally Posted by JakodaCD OA View Post
thanks for the update , Ollie looks AMAZING! beautiful glossy coat and he looks quite happy Glad it's helping him!
Thanks! I love comments on his coat because it reminds me just how far we have come from the days when I wondered if his bald spots would be permanent.
12-18-2014 08:41 PM
Oliver'smom
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My Bailey has been on apoquel for 9 months, along with weekly medicated baths his coat and skin is 110% improved.

He was on prednisone for 6 years for the skin allergies it did help with the allergies but harmed his immune system and joints.
Isn't Prednisone just awful?! Luckily Ollie wasn't on it very long, but we did have to use it for a few weeks when we were at the peak of awfulness in trying to figure out what was wrong. I couldn't believe that a puppy could drink and pee SO MUCH while on prednisone. It was like every 30 minutes. I can't imagine doing that for 6 years!! We also have had a hard experience with cyclosporine too before apoquel.

I don't love that he requires daily medication, but this is kind of a miracle drug in my opinion. The other drugs we tried had such huge downsides and didn't really give him relief. I feel the best we can do to guard against any negative consequences to apoquel is to go in for check-ups every few months and do blood test several times a year. Not ideal, but it is what it is.

Glad to hear the apoquel is having the same positive outcomes for your dog too.
12-18-2014 08:41 PM
JakodaCD OA thanks for the update , Ollie looks AMAZING! beautiful glossy coat and he looks quite happy Glad it's helping him!
12-18-2014 08:36 PM
Oliver'smom
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For years, my dog was diagnosed with just allergies. Today I learned she now has hypothyroidism. Earlier posts say blood tests were done. Was the thyroid ever tested?
I actually did discuss the thyroid with the Vet at our visit. Ollie is only 20 months old so his weight is just starting to even out and be consistent (rather than adding a few pounds each month). Our Vet did say that sometimes thyroid issues masquerade as allergy issues, but since Ollie has been dealing with this since 8 weeks old it is a more remote possibility. We decided to watch his weigh over the next few months and then decide whether to include the thyroid test in the blood panel at the next check up in a few months.
12-18-2014 04:44 PM
GSDLove My Bailey has been on apoquel for 9 months, along with weekly medicated baths his coat and skin is 110% improved.

He was on prednisone for 6 years for the skin allergies it did help with the allergies but harmed his immune system and joints.
12-18-2014 04:09 PM
Traveler's Mom I had Traveler tested by sending in sample to Hemopet T5 test with cbc & chem. The full boat. No thyroid issues. Just had new blood work done but only tested thyroid with T4 test. Everything is the same or better.

Our doggie derm did not test, see test, or ask about blood test. He originally was pushing for the full allergy test and quoted me $1,000 which included a month's worth of shots. After I got off the floor from a dead faint, I asked if they would just test his skin flakes to see what was causing the greasy, flaky, stinky skin. Came back as staph. At that point he recommended antibiotic for that, special shampoo, and Apoquel to control the itch.

Lynn & Traveler
12-18-2014 03:24 PM
DHau For years, my dog was diagnosed with just allergies. Today I learned she now has hypothyroidism. Earlier posts say blood tests were done. Was the thyroid ever tested?
12-18-2014 10:35 AM
Traveler's Mom Hi GatorBytes,

Can you send me the link supporting this? I am very interested in learning more about Apoquel.

For the record, Traveler went to the vet for the staph problem. At that time, the vet then prescribed the Apoquel so I stand by my statement. Of course, I am only speaking about us and our experience.

If our experience was to be taken out of context, it could appear as a direct link but the timing is all wrong in our case.

Lynn & Traveler
12-17-2014 11:14 AM
GatorBytes
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I am sure we will learn more about Apoquel over time but for those who have miserable dogs due to allergy induced itching, it is a god-send.

With reference to the staph infections- Traveler also had a bad case of staph that is a total b**ch to resolve. Just when you think you've got it under control BANG! It's back. I am quite sure that the staph infection is unrelated to Apoquel. Our experience is that the staph overload was due to the intense itching with major skin irritation and skin breaks prior to administration of any meds.

Thank you for your update and good luck to you and your boy.

Lynn & Traveler

You would be wrong to make that assumption. But sometimes we have to bury our heads - wishful thinking.

With 76% (of 283 dogs tested) of some type of issue....mainly skin and neoplasia (tumor formation) chances are staph is related to the immune suppressing drug.
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