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Unread 11-09-2013, 08:31 PM   #1
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Default New drug in 2014 for dog allergies

Something you might want to ask your vet about if you have a dog that suffers from allergies, APOQUEL :

"Q: Our 2-year-old Weimaraner is currently on allergy shots but I don't think they're working. The poor dog is allergic to molds, trees, grasses, bugs, etc., and she gets yeast in her ears. I've tried adding vinegar to her water, but that hasn't helped relieve the itching. I hate to keep spending money on treatments I know nothing about, yet I feel so badly for our dog. What should I do? -- S.K., Cyberspace

A: Dr. Dunbar Gram, a veterinary dermatologist and associate professor dermatology at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Gainesville, cautions that allergy shots can take a year to be effective. He adds that about 75 percent of dogs are greatly helped by the shots, but they're not always the solution or a offer complete resolution. In addition, sometimes an antihistamine, steroid (cortisone) spray, or minimum dose of steroid pill may be used as an alternative.

Veterinarians will have a new tool in their arsenal called APOQUEL, starting in 2014. APOQUEL is the first drug for dogs in a class of drugs called Janus kinase (JAK) 1 inhibitors, which means the medication targets the inflammation, and the itch it triggers, without the side effects of a steroid.

Gram says he knows of no data to indicate that vinegar in a dog's water plays any role in relieving itching."



APOQUEL, New Drug to Help Allergic Dogs | Steve Dale's Pet World
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Unread 11-09-2013, 10:54 PM   #2
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WHAT A GREAT POST FOR ME!!!!!!! Janice, this is such great news! We lost a Sheltie years ago because of steroids. He had horrible allergies. Maybe there is hope for Harley after all.

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WHAT A GREAT POST FOR ME!!!!!!! Janice, this is such great news! We lost a Sheltie years ago because of steroids. He had horrible allergies. Maybe there is hope for Harley after all.
That would be great, I hope so! You might want to have a look at these as well:

FDA Approves APOQUEL® (oclacitinib tablet) to Control Itch and Inflammation in Allergic Dogs | Press Releases | Zoetis

https://online.zoetis.com/US/EN/Prod...Apoquel_PI.pdf

http://www.fda.gov/downloads/AnimalV.../UCM363901.pdf
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Great article. Copied it to take to Dunny's vet in 2014. His allergies are better right now with his new medicine. However, just like with people, after a certain length of time I'm sure he will develop an immunity to it.

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This is great news it could bring a lot of relief for lot's of dogs and ultimately save money too for the owners who battle year in year out to help thier dogs
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