Why Does My Dog Itch?
If you see these signs,
your dog may need medical treatment
Frequent scratching is one sign of allergic dog itch, but there are other telltale signs as well
chewing, biting, or scratching
rubbing, or scooting
Recurrent ear problems
(head shaking, ear discharge/odor, or scratching at ears)
(rash, redness, greasy skin, or scabs)
Itching Can Be a Vicious Cycle
When your dog has an allergy to food, fleas, or something in the environment, there are several things that happen within the body. Scratching results from exposure to allergy "triggers" and a frustrating cycle of behavior starts and continues unless it's interrupted with treatment specifically for the allergy condition.
SOME COMMON CAUSES OF ITCH
ENVIRONMENTAL INDOOR AND OUTDOOR ALLERGENS
(such as pollen, dust mites, or mold)
(such as carpet, shampoo, environmental chemicals—insecticides, fertilizers)
There are many reasons why your dog may be scratching, licking, chewing, rubbing, and scooting. It could be that your dog is allergic to food, fleas, or even to ingredients in shampoos, carpets, and environmental chemicals (when they roam outside). Dogs can also have allergies to seasonal pollens, outdoor and indoor molds, and dust mites.
Treating allergic dog itch early is important
Allergic dog itch is easier to treat early, when the first signs appear. So, it's important to get help and relief quickly for your itchy dog. Waiting to seek treatment for allergic dog itch can sometimes result in complications that make treatment more difficult—and more expensive.
If you notice your furry friend itching, scratching, biting, licking, or chewing more than usual, it's a good idea to make an appointment with your veterinarian.
Your dog may require prescription apoquel
You probably have tried everything to give your itchy dog relief—including oatmeal baths, lotions, or over-the-counter topical medicines. But while these home remedies may provide some temporary relief, they don't really get to the underlying cause. Unlike over-the-counter products, prescription APOQUEL (oclacitinib tablet) dog allergy medicine uniquely targets the source of your dog's allergic itch. APOQUEL provides relief of both allergic and atopic dermatitis (an inflammatory skin disease associated with allergies to pollens, molds, and dust mites).Get the APOQUEL FACT Sheet
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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.
For more information, please see the full Prescribing Information.