|02-26-2014 05:53 PM|
|Oliver'smom||He has done saliva testing and blood testing, but we haven't done skin testing. The food list from the saliva testing is pretty long, basically he is not allergic to venison, potato, sweet potato, and lamb. Rice is really bad and sends him into extreme itching and rubbing his mouth on everything. Despite a prescription potato and venison food, he still itches even in the dead of winter so the Vet has assumed he also has multiple environmental allergies as well.|
|02-26-2014 05:02 PM|
|Kayos and Havoc||HAs Ollie ever been allergy tested to see what he is allergic to and possibly causing the itching?|
|02-26-2014 04:57 PM|
This just came through my email today, saw the thread thought you may be interested:
CAUTION ZOETIS ANTI-ITCH VET MED | TheDogPress News
|02-26-2014 03:58 PM|
Blog | Dermatology for Animals - Part 1
|02-26-2014 03:45 PM|
The 100 pill bottle of apoquel was $88. I have been paying $260/month for cyclosporine, and $45/month per bottle of hydroxyzine. I'm not sure how many pills are in the hydroxyzine bottle. The cyclosporine was slowing bleeding us dry on top of special food, special shampoos, lots of trips to the vet.
Also we did have trouble with Ollie throwing if we gave him the cyclosporine anytime sooner than 3-4 hours after a meal.
Fingers crossed the apoquel is our miracle drug.
|02-26-2014 12:15 PM|
|blackshep||My sister is on cyclosporine and it's very, very hard on bodies. I have not heard of this new drug, it will be interesting to see how dogs handle it, thanks for posting!|
|02-26-2014 11:32 AM|
Great news, I am glad it's working for you Ollie, allergies are such a pain for both the dog and owner
We are dealing with itchy paws right now but medicated shampoo and Dermacool w/lidocaine is working right now.
I hope you don't mind me asking but I am interested what the cost of Apoquel is.
|02-26-2014 11:27 AM|
We decided to make the switch to Apoquel. The combination of cyclosporine & hydroxyzine just wasn't keeping Ollie from lots of scratching and pretty routine staff infections. I couldn't see how we would survive years if this was what we had to do since Ollie has been itchy since we picked him up at 7.5 weeks and is now 10 months old. We have been through multiple food trials, meds, supplements, etc and nothing really worked except prednisone which isn't a long term solution.
We are on day 2.5 of Apoquel only and we have noticed a dramatic decrease in itching. Like almost none at all. I would venture to say only normal dog scratching levels (although I might have lost my gauge on what that level is...). The whole family managed to sleep through the night the past 2 nights without having to have major itch interventions or where a cone.
No side effects thus far that we have noticed. I'll keep posting our experience, but so far things are very good.
I will say the drug proved a bit hard to acquire as the manufacturer is only letting it out in limited doses, but we found another Vet that had ordered a supply and was willing to sell some to our Vet.
|02-21-2014 03:19 PM|
I first heard about it a couple weeks ago, a girl on one of the gsd fb pages i"m on, had an itchy gsd for quite a few years, nothing was working, she started the shot and she said she saw results within 24 hours..The dog is doing well on it.
My vet just happened to go to a seminar on it, but honestly, I forgot to ask what she thought of it since I don't have itchy dogs
|02-21-2014 01:38 PM|
I haven't tried it but found this interesting post about it:
Apoquel - new drug - DOL Great Dane Forum
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