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 you notice your dog is itching more often, and/or you see changes in your dog’s skin, including hot spots, redness or rash, make an appointment to visit your veterinarian. It’s best to check it out!
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
APOQUEL is an allergy medicine for dogs, prescribed by veterinarians for dogs older than 12 months of age to help lessen itch and inflammation due to allergic dermatitis and atopic dermatitis.
If your dog is scratching, licking, or biting the same area repeatedly, the skin can become damaged, red, and sore. It is a good idea to ask your dog’s veterinarian about the possible causes. It could be due to allergies, and in this event, your pet will require prescription treatment such as APOQUEL to treat the underlying cause. There also may be a skin infection that requires antibiotic or antifungal treatment from your veterinarian.
APOQUEL is available by prescription from your veterinarian.
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, Unlike other medicines, APOQUEL blocks allergic itch at the source.1-3 So, it works at the underlying cause of itch to provide relief fast.
Yes, you can use APOQUEL for short periods. APOQUEL begins relieving the itch within 4 hours, and controls it within 24 hours.2,4
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.5
APOQUEL starts relieving itch within 4 hours of giving the treatment to your dog.4
Yes, APOQUEL may be used with other treatments such as vaccines, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), antibiotics, and other allergy medications.4 The use of APOQUEL has not been evaluated in combination with glucocorticoids, cyclosporine, or other systemic immunosuppressive agents.
The most common side effects in a short-term clinical trial were vomiting and diarrhea. These occurred in only a small percentage of dogs treated with APOQUEL. These side effects typically stopped on their own.3,5