Hôpital Vétérinaire de L'Île-Perrot Inc.


Apoquel and Cytopoint: Revolutionary products for treating atopy in dogs

December 14, 2017

Apoquel and Cytopoint are now the medications of choice for treating dogs that suffer from itchiness due to allergies.

They are a welcome addition in the battle against the scratching, biting, rubbing and licking that are often observed in allergic dogs.

apoquelApoquel (oclacitinib) is a medication that targets certain proteins called cytokines, which cause itchiness and inflammation of the skin. Apoquel is more effective than the family of drugs that includes cortisone, and does not carry the miserable side effects so often reported by pet owners such as extreme thirst and frequent urination.

Apoquel is taken every 12 hours at the beginning of treatment, then once per day. Most dogs experience relief of their symptoms in less than 24 hours. The medication is safe for long-term use in dogs over 12 months of age and is compatible with other medications and antiparasitics.

Cytopoint is a monoclonal antibody therapy, administered by injection, that binds canine interleukine 31 (IL-31) to rapidly reduce the itch associated with canine atopic dermatitis. Cytopoint targets and neutralises this protein, essentially stopping the brain from sending ‘’itchiness messages’’ to the body. The injection starts to work in less than 24 hours and the effects usually last an average of 4 weeks, and sometimes as long as 8 weeks. Cytopoint contains antibodies that resemble the body’s natural antibodies, so it is safe and secure for dogs of all ages, and dogs who may be suffering from illnesses that require various medications. In some cases, the injection is so effective, it completely eliminates the need to administer oral medications.

Apoquel and Cytopoint do not interfere with allergy testing, thereby eliminating the need to stop the medication and risk the return of symptoms during testing trials for atopy.

Since the launch of Apoquel in Canada, we have achieved great success in soothing the symptoms of many of our patients suffering from atopy related to seasonal allergies or the environment. With the recent addition of Cytopoint to our arsenal of medications, we are pleased to be able to offer therapeutic options for soothing the most stubborn, unpleasant symptoms of allergies without the need for cortisone.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss how your dog may benefit from one of these revolutionary new treatments for allergies.

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