Does your itchy dog need to see the veterinarian?

Ask Your Veterinarian About APOQUEL

Many different skin problems can look alike. So seeking professional advice from a veterinarian is important to determine if an infection, parasites, or allergy is the reason for your dog’s excessive itching and discomfort. APOQUEL (oclacitinib tablet) is available only through prescription from a veterinarian. Ask your veterinarian about APOQUEL today!


Does the itching happen often? Is it becoming more regular?
Is there a seasonal pattern? Where on your dog's body do they itch the most?
How long does it last? Is it going on longer than when you first noticed it?
Does it happen when your pet goes outdoors?
Is it becoming more severe?
Does it happen when your pet has been outdoors?
Does the itch interrupt normal activities like eating, walking outdoors, playing, or sleeping?

These are all good questions to ask yourself and discuss with your veterinarian. Keep a record of your dog’s itch between now and your appointment.

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Take the Quiz on Allergic Itch

Take this quiz to see if your dog’s itch requires a trip to the veterinarian

You’ll be helping your dog and also helping to support a great K-9 charity

An occasional itch may be quite normal, but it should never interrupt activities, cause hair loss, or lead to skin damage. Frequent or constant scratching, licking, biting, scooting, and/or rubbing are most often signs of allergic skin disease.

Take the quiz to find out if your dog’s itch could be a medical condition that requires veterinary care. Once you have completed the quiz, Zoetis will send a donation on your behalf to the K-9 Courage Program, which provides healthcare assistance to retired military and police dogs, as well as service dogs that assist veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress.

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Seek advice early to rule out infection


Control of pruritus (itching) associated with allergic dermatitis and control of atopic dermatitis in dogs at least 12 months of age.


Do not use APOQUEL in dogs less than 12 months of age or those with serious infections. APOQUEL may increase the chances of developing serious infections, and may cause existing parasitic skin infestations or pre-existing cancers to get worse. APOQUEL has not been tested in dogs receiving some medications including some commonly used to treat skin conditions such as corticosteroids and cyclosporine. Do not use in breeding, pregnant, or lactating dogs. Most common side effects are vomiting and diarrhea. APOQUEL has been used safely with many common medications including parasiticides, antibiotics and vaccines.

For more information, please see the full Prescribing Information.