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.
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
A rash can be a sign of many skin diseases. Rashes may be caused by an allergic response to something your dog came in contact with, a food he or she ate, or a medication. A rash can also be a sign of skin parasites (fleas or mites), a bacterial or yeast infection, or other conditions. If your dog has a rash, see your veterinarian to help determine the cause and receive a treatment.
APOQUEL is medication, prescribed by veterinarians for dogs older than 1 year of age to help lessen itch and inflammation due to allergic skin disease.
APOQUEL is not a steroid, antihistamine, or cyclosporine (a type of drug that reduces immune system activity). It is in a different category of medications, which blocks allergic itch at the source, with fewer side effects compared with some other therapies.1-3
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's allergic dermatitis 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.5
Yes, APOQUEL can be given to your dog with or without food.
APOQUEL starts relieving itch within 4 hours of giving the treatment to your dog.4
Yes, APOQUEL is safe to 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.
APOQUEL is safe with minimal side effects. The most common side effects 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