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Discussion in 'Health & Nutritional Care' started by Pitbullmom1, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. Pitbullmom1

    Pitbullmom1 Big Dog

    Hello everyone I had a question on some allergy meds Apoquel, has any one used these with success? My boy Case has bad allergies and this winter we had a good cold stretch here that usually doesn’t happen and his allergies stopped no chewing on paws or scratching arm pits. Well now the grass is coming back and he’s miserable again and the vet prescribed Apoquel and I just wanted some opinions on It before I went and picked it up. Thanks in advance
  2. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    I never heard of it.
  3. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Hi Pitbullmom,

    Tonka did very well on it for about a year. Then she got a life threatening illness. Then she spent months recovering and they put her back on it and she got ""leprotic ulcers" on her ears and leg. They told me she needed heavy duty minocycline dose for 3-6 months and if it didn't go away they would have to amputate. They added prednisone to the daily apoquel dose which is a big "no no." I think it can be good if you only use it for short periods of time. I'm not sure I would recommend it for the long term though.

    Now Tonka gets a monthly Cytopoint injection which does not compromise the immune system. It does not help with allergies. It only takes the itch away.
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  4. Pitbullmom1

    Pitbullmom1 Big Dog

    Is the monthly injection expensive? That sounds like something he needs maybe they said $60 for a month supply of the Apoquel
  5. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Cytoint is expensive. It is $115 for a 60 lb dog. It goes up in price at 70 lbs. Fortunately, Tonka can usually make it 8 weeks before getting a another shot. At peak allergy time I've had to bring her in at 4 weeks. I didn't have to do it very often though. She has been on this drug since Dec. 2016.

    She takes 2.5 mg every 48 hrs. of prednisone for her allergies. She gets bathed once or twice weekly. I clean her bedding twice a week and we wipe her down with a damp and dry cloth after her walks. We especially focus on her toe pads and in between her toes, etc. if grass is a trigger maybe you can put a blanket down on the grass. I tried that with Tonka and she would never go on it. Lol
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  6. Pitbullmom1

    Pitbullmom1 Big Dog

    Thanks Yea he’s 81 lbs so it sounds expensive. I’m going to give the Apoquel a chance and see how he does. Do you have to give it daily or just when symptoms occur? Thanks
  7. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Hi, you have to give it daily. It works very well for many dogs. It is immunosuppressive so you have to be careful.
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  8. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    I’ve seen a lot of positive results while working in vet clinics, but it is a very pricey med.
  9. Pitbullmom1

    Pitbullmom1 Big Dog

    Yea it Is but he’s just so miserable I hope it helps with no side effects.
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  10. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    I hope it helps. we were really happy with it at first.
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  11. Pitbullmom1

    Pitbullmom1 Big Dog

    Well I got the Apoquel and he’s due for his flea and tick chew so I’m going to give the flea and tick chew tonight and then start the Apoquel tomorrow I don’t want to give both at the same time not sure if it matters but don’t want him to vomit or something. So fingers crossed . They said he has to take 2 a day for 2 weeks then just one a day after that.
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  12. Capt. Roxy

    Capt. Roxy Good Dog Premium Member

    Apoquel works great for some dogs but for some it's only a quick fix where as others it's the only viable option. Each case is different. I chose not to go down the apoquel route with Roxy since it does suppress the immune system and at the time she was very ill with MRSP it was the last thing I wanted for her. We went for more of a long term solution instead. SHe's on Allercept injections. It's about 250.00 for 10ml which will last you anywhere between 6-10 months depending on the dog's case and specific therapy. We were able to stretch her out to 3 week intervals now so the vials are lasting around 8 months. Really happy to report that she hasn't had a relapse since her first vial. Her overall itch level decreased after the first vial too but we know what she is allergic to so that helps in daily maintenance as well. I really hope it works for Case. We're rooting for him!
  13. Pitbullmom1

    Pitbullmom1 Big Dog

    Thanks that’s really not a bad price for 8 months if you break it down. I’m going to try this and if it don’t work then maybe I’ll look into an injection.
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  14. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Staff Member Administrator

    I used it short term and was super happy with the results!
  15. Pitbullmom1

    Pitbullmom1 Big Dog

    Should I give him something with immune support while he’s on them?
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  16. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Staff Member Administrator

    I didn't, but I also feed a high quality feed and was supplementing with Missing Link.
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  17. Pitbullmom1

    Pitbullmom1 Big Dog

    I’m feeding him zignature usually lamb or catfish or turkey and a daily probiotic.
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  18. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Missing link is good for the immune system.

    If he is not allergic to chicken or beef you could cook some beef liver or give him soft boiled eggs a few times a week.

    I recently gave Tonka Solid Gold Sea meal which has a lot of minerals in it and I think it helped her coat. It is basically concentrated greens.
  19. Pitbullmom1

    Pitbullmom1 Big Dog

    Hmm that’s a good idea. So far so good I just gave him his second pill for the day and he seems like he’s not having any side effects.
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  20. Pitbullmom1

    Pitbullmom1 Big Dog

    Well it’s been a week or so now and I’ve just been giving him one a day even though the vet said two for the first two weeks (he was extremely drowsy on two) but all is well his scratching has came down dramatically but he still does scratch just hear and there, also all the bumps on his mouth area I was dealing with has cleared up with the pills. ;)
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