Why is my dog itching so much?
Occasional itching is a fact of life for dogs. However, allergies, fleas, infection, mites, and other diseases may cause more frequent or constant itching, indicating a more serious condition. If your dog’s itching seems out of control, and the scratching persists, or causes skin or coat changes, make an appointment to visit your veterinarian.
Does my dog need medical treatment?
If your dog’s itching persists or you notice any of the following signs, you should make an appointment with your veterinarian to find out if the itching is caused by a medical condition:
- Excessive licking, chewing, biting, or scratching
- Excessive rolling, rubbing or scooting
- Hair loss
- Foot chewing
- Recurrent ear problems
- Changes in the skin, such as sores or darkened color
- Redness of the skin
- Body odor
- Head shaking
What is Apoquel (Oclacitinib Tablet) used for?
Apoquel is an allergy medicine for dogs, prescribed by veterinarians for dogs older than 1 year of age to help lessen itch and inflammation due to allergic dermatitis.
Is Apoquel a steroid?
Apoquel is not a steroid, antihistamine, or cyclosporine (a type of drug that reduces immune system activity). Apoquel is in a different category of medications, which blocks allergic itch at the source, with fewer side effects compared with some other therapies.
Can I use Apoquel for a short time to treat a flare-up?
Yes, you can use Apoquel for short periods. Apoquel begins relieving the itch within 4 hours and controls it within 24 hours.
How long can my dog use Apoquel?
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not placed any time restrictions on the use of Apoquel. You can continue to treat your dog with Apoquel for as long as your veterinarian recommends. In studies, dogs were treated with Apoquel for more than 2 years and showed only minimal side effects.
Can Apoquel be given with food?
Yes, Apoquel can be given to your dog with or without food.
How fast will Apoquel start working?
Apoquel starts relieving itch within 4 hours of giving the treatment to your dog.