What is safer than Apoquel?

In general, Cytopoint® has fewer potential for side effects than Apoquel®, and that is often a reason to select it as a first choice therapy. However, neither Cytopoint® nor Apoquel® are effective in every dog. Some dogs do not respond to either therapy, or respond initially and then stop responding eventually.

What is the best alternative to Apoquel?

Yucca and quercetin are also great natural alternatives to Apoquel. Yucca has an effect similar to steroid drugs without the harmful side effects. Quercetin is a plant derivative that acts as a natural antihistamine and is a great option for dogs whose itching is reduced by Benadryl.

What is the best anti itch medicine for dogs?

Apoquel starts relieving allergic dog itch and inflammation due to skin allergies within 4 hours — and controls it within 24 hours. The #1 prescribed medicine for allergic itch in dogs.

Why I would not give my dog Apoquel?

Apoquel is not safe for dogs with serious infections. Zoetispetcare.com offers the following safety information: Apoquel may increase the chances of developing serious infections. Apoquel may worsen existing parasitic skin infestations or pre-existing cancers.

Can I give my dog Apoquel forever?

Apoquel can be used long-term at maintenance doses or seasonally as needed. Unlike steroids, it can be stopped without tapering. Some dogs will respond well to the initial higher doses, but experience itching again when the dose is reduced to maintenance levels.


Can I give my dog Benadryl instead of Apoquel?

To recap: Apoquel may work better for long-term solutions to pruritus, but Benadryl will be fine in a pinch until you can get something better.

Is Cytopoint safer than Apoquel?

In general, Cytopoint® has fewer potential for side effects than Apoquel®, and that is often a reason to select it as a first choice therapy. However, neither Cytopoint® nor Apoquel® are effective in every dog. Some dogs do not respond to either therapy, or respond initially and then stop responding eventually.

Can I give my dog Claritin instead of Apoquel?

Yes, Claritin can be safe and effective for dogs. Vets recommend that you give your dog approximately 0.1 to 0.5 milligram/pound of body weight once to twice daily. However, check with your vet before administering any medication to ensure it's safe for your dog.

Can CBD oil replace Apoquel?

CBD is a natural and safe option for treating dog allergies. After all, it doesn't come with the side effects and risks that many other medications do. That's why we recommend using this powerful plant-based treatment as an alternative to Apoquel.

What happens if Apoquel doesn't work?

Now, if Apoquel worked in the past and suddenly is not, there may be a secondary infection. You should take her to the vet to rule out infection. Typically vets will do a swab of the skin or tape prep cytology to look for yeast and bacteria under the microscope.

Is there something I can put on my dog to stop itching?

Give them a bath with a soothing dog shampoo.

Aloe Vera Shampoo: Aloe vera is a natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic, which makes it ideal for relieving itchy skin. Calendula Shampoo: Calendula is a natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent, making it perfect for treating bacterial or fungal infections.

Is Zyrtec or Apoquel better for dogs?

Apoquel is used to help dogs with their skin itching and inflammation caused by allergies. Apoquel is associated with more side effects than Zyrtec or CBD – some of them quite serious. Zyrtec and CBD alone or combined are likely safer for your dog if they successfully control your pet's itching and inflammation.

Why is Apoquel prescription only?

Because Apoquel deals with the symptom of skin irritation rather than the underlying cause, it is only prescribed for dogs whose condition can not be “cured.” For this reason, it is expected that the dog will probably be on the medication for their rest of their life.

Is there a generic drug for Apoquel?

There is no generic currently available for Apoquel®. There are other types of medications and treatments available to manage allergic dermatitis in dogs.

Is there anything stronger than Apoquel for dog allergies?

Cytopoint Injections are another leading treatment option for allergic itch. The advantage of Cytopoint is that one injection can start controlling your pet's itching usually within a day, and can provide relief that lasts for 4 to 8 weeks. It's safe to use in dogs of any age and can be used with various medications.

What is the best treatment for atopic dermatitis in dogs?

Anti-itch treatment options for atopic dermatitis in dogs and cats
  • Medication: Topical steroid – Cortavance* ...
  • Medication: Cytopoint (licensed for dogs only) ...
  • Medication: Prednisolone/ methylprednisolone/ dexamethasone. ...
  • Medication: Atopica/ Cyclavance/ Sporimmune. ...
  • Medication: Apoquel (licensed for dogs only)

Can Apoquel cause kidney problems in dogs?

There are no known effects of Apoquel® on organs such as the kidneys and liver. Some dogs have been treated with Apoquel for more than five years without any problem, and we do not expect there will be long-term problems. Dogs taking Apoquel® may have a slightly higher risk of developing bladder infections.

What is the best allergy medicine if your allergic to dogs?

Nasal corticosteroids

OTC corticosteroid nasal sprays include budesonide (Rhinocort), fluticasone (Flonase), and triamcinolone (Nasacort). These medications are considered first-choice medications for pet allergies.

What is the best antihistamine for dog allergies?

Antihistamines for Skin Allergies in Dogs
  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl): 1mg per pound (one 25mg tablet for a 25lb dog) twice. ...
  • Cetirizine (Zyrtec): ¼ – ½ mg per pound (one 10mg tab per 30-40 lbs) twice daily.
  • Loratadine (Claritin): ¼ mg per pound (half of a 10mg tablet per 20 lbs) once daily.

Can I give my dog Apoquel every other day?

The antipruritic effects of the Apoquel wear off quickly, within 12-24 hours, so the medication needs to be given daily in most cases. Dosing/Administration: The dose of Apoquel is 0.4-0.6 mg/kg every 12 hours for up to 14 days, then 0.4-0.6 mg/kg once daily thereafter.

Can Cytopoint cause death in dogs?

In some dogs these reactions happened shortly after the first dose. In others it took several Cytopoint treatments before there were problems. There are several stories of dogs dying. And there are a worrying number of reports of gastrointestinal side effects, and some of epilepsy.

Does Cytopoint affect the liver?

In fact, a clinical study showed dogs receiving Cytopoint had no more side effects than dogs receiving placebo (injections without medication). And since Cytopoint is not a chemical-based treatment, it does not put pressure on the liver and kidneys.

Why does Cytopoint not work on dogs?

Dogs that didn't respond to Cytopoint need complete blood work results to rule out other underlying diseases. The second most common reason is an itch that is driven by factors other than allergy or in addition to allergy.

What can I put on my dog to relieve itching home remedies?

If there is no need for medical treatment, here are some home remedies that are completely safe and can help with itch relief.
  1. Chamomile and Herbal Tea Soaks. ...
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar. ...
  3. Oatmeal Bath. ...
  4. Epsom Salt Baths. ...
  5. Aloe Vera. ...
  6. Coconut Oil. ...
  7. Unsweetened Plain Yogurt.

Can Apoquel make itching worse?

Reported Side Effects of Apoquel

Adverse skin changes may be itchiness, ear infections, skin infections or papillomas (warts). In particular, some dogs during drug trials developed deep skin infections on the feet.