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I ran out of Apoquel and my dog is licking an biting like crazy now.

I feed her prepared raw w/ rabbit. I think her allergies are environmental but I am not 100% sure and the vet doesn't know either.

I was going to get a refill of Apoquel but some websites have warnings and one 'natural treatments' site says not to use it.

What should I do? My dog is around 10 years old. I am not sure but around there.

I would like to use an alternative but it sounds so complicated. I have some health problems of my own and although Apoquel is expensive, at least I can easily get it. But,I don't want to cause problems for my dog's health obviously.

Please advise. I thank you in advance.
 

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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.
 

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Thank you so much for the reply!

She is a mixed breed. I am not sure exactly but would guess Chihuahua and Jack Russell.

What would a t-shirt do? She mostly licks and bites her paws especially near her claws, in between and near the bottom but the top too.

It's not bad yet but I need to do something before it does. She does a bit of scratching but the licking/biting is done the most.

I don't really want to make her wear a cone. Is that done before the shots or when the shots (or meds) wear off?

She is able to nap and I can take her for walks but she does spend too much time being agitated by the allergies. I feel really bad and guilty about it but I was hoping to find a better alternative than Apoquel if possible.

She was getting a half tablet of 3.6mg twice daily and it was 30tab. for approx. $75.

Cytopoint sounds better and cheaper?

My dog is not friendly though and checkups are a bit of a hassle but the vets seem pretty good at dealing with her now.
 

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This site talks about holistic approaches but it's a bit of info overload for me. Maybe someone who knows about this topic can comment?

https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/9-safe-apoquel-alternatives/
 

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My dog has seasonal allergies. I like the flexibility to only use it when he is having itching. My vet did mention Cytopoint. But, right now the apoquel seems to be working.

He has had no problems with apoquel

I thought cytopoint was more of expensive. That does sound like a good alternative.
 

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My girl has diagnosed rag weed allergies around this time also and believe me she turns all red and itches something awful, scratches till its forms scabs the worst is between her toes too.

Try cutting out chicken, wheat and grains...
And my dog is just on 10mg claritin (vet recomended) for a runny nose now but so far theres no itching.

Try cutting out those food allergens...
 
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