VISIT THE VETERINARIAN—AND GET TO THE UNDERLYING CAUSE OF ITCHING
Many different skin problems can look alike. So, seeking the 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. Coping with a dog that licks, scratches, or chews constantly can take a toll on everyone who spends time in your home, including your children and your friends.
KNOW THE SIGNS
Here is a list of what to watch out for:
Excessive licking, chewing, biting, or scratching
Excessive rolling, rubbing, or scooting
Recurrent ear problems
Changes in the skin, such as sores or darkened color
Redness of the skin
KEEP TRACK OF THE FREQUENCY AND DURATION OF ITCHING
Does the itching happen often?
How long does it last?
Is it becoming more and more severe?
Does it happen when your pet goes outdoors?
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.
It’s important to get answers early—especially since continual scratching and itching can lead to additional problems, including infection.
Anytime your dog’s skin is damaged by scratching, chewing, or rubbing, it creates an opportunity for secondary infection. Broken or damaged skin is a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast. Identifying the problem early—and, importantly, getting the right treatment—can help prevent infection and bring your dog relief faster.
TREATING NOW CAN HELP IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE
When your dog suffers, it affects the whole family…
Excessive itching and scratching can affect your dog’s energy level, demeanor, sleep patterns, and participation in activities—which impacts the entire family. You may sacrifice your own plans to care for your dog, avoid inviting guests to your house, or even have trouble sleeping due to worry or because of the sound of constant scratching, licking, or chewing.
The good news is allergic dog itch can be treated.
Get the facts on dog itch with the Dog Owner Brochure
Control of pruritus (itching) associated with allergic dermatitis and control of atopic dermatitis in dogs at least 12 months of age.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
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.
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