Two of my dogs are on Apoquel. They are each taking half of a 3.6 milligram tablet per day. So 15 pills lasts each pup 30 days. I purchase these from my vet. 15 of the 3.6 milligram tablets is $27 plus tax.
In the 283 dogs that received APOQUEL, the following additional clinical signs were reported after beginning APOQUEL (percentage of dogs with at least one report of the clinical sign as a non-pre-existing finding): pyoderma (12.0%), non-specified dermal lumps (12.0%), otitis (9.9%), vomiting (9.2%), diarrhea (6.0%), histiocytoma (3.9%), cystitis (3.5%), anorexia (3.2%), lethargy (2.8%), yeast skin infections (2.5%), pododermatitis (2.5%), lipoma (2.1%), polydipsia (1.4%), lymphadenopathy (1.1%), nausea (1.1%), increased appetite (1.1%), aggression (1.1%), and weight loss (0.7).
My pup, Ollie, is using Apoquel for Atopic Dermatitis from inhaled allergens. He had scratched, licked and chewed his paws hairless, as well as both sides of his torso were losing hair at an alarming rate.What is the dog being treated for?
The second article I posted by Dr. Falconer did indeed address the alterntives. Here is a small quote:It's great that you guys posted about the side effects of Apoquel, since no drug is a miricale drug. However it might be more useful to the OP, and those considering using the medication for their pet, if you posted some viable alternatives that they could consider since that is what they were asking for I the first place.
He then goes on to suggest how this might be achieved because surely it is far better to cure the dog than to have to maintain them on pharmaceutical drugs, which always exact a toll on the body and lead to more and more problems.Alternatives to Apoquel (My Dog’s Already Got the #@&¡ Itch!!)
I have good news and bad news for you, if your dog is already plagued with the itch from hell.
The good news: This can be cured. Cure means not only does the itch stop, but the whole animal gets well. And stays that way without continual medication.
The bad news: This will take time and is not DIY (do it yourself).
This is chronic disease, and there’s no “one size fits all” here. Believe me, if there was, I’d be spelling it out for you right now.