07-18-2019, 01:29 PM
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I will not put my atopy dog on Apoquel. She is way too young, so fortunately the vet hasn't recommended it yet.
She's on Cytopoint and I can't say enough good things about it. Please forgive me if you have already tried that and it is insufficient for your dog's issues. I am very new to this and have never had to deal with a chronic, most likely uncurable medical issue in a loved one before.
Cytopoint costs $50 every two months and is administered by an injection. It's just a drop-in at my practice so I don't even have to make an appointment.
Apoquel works by suppressing the dog's immune system. I would just tell your vet that it is "time for a change" in light of the fact that, depending on your dog's breed, 10 is heading into the Senior Citizen years and us old folks already have immune systems that are slowing down.
I've talked to people who have spent thousands of dollars trying to find the allergen and never did. Unmedicated atopy is a genuine emergency. Please call the vet ASAP and put a T shirt or "cone of shame" on your dog if you have to. I can't even take my eyes off Laurel for a second when she's unmedicated or she not only scratches herself bald in an instant but she rips open her skin and gets secondary bacterial infections.
If your dog is little enough, you might be able to distract him/her with a doggie sling and lots of treats and attention. I'm probably underestimating the severity of your dog's atopy,though, so please forgive me.
If I knew of a holistic/natural alternative to Cytopoint, I'd be shouting it from the rooftops.