Identifying and Treating Allergies in Dogs

Dogs can be allergic to many of the same things that people are allergic to, but for them, inhalant allergies typically manifest in red and itchy skin.

Allergy symptoms often include:

  • Chewing and scratching
  • Licking paws, rear, thighs and groin
  • Thin coat
  • Scabs, skin infections and bald spots

If you are one of the many pet owners who deal with a dog’s ongoing allergies, skin problems and itching, you will be relieved to know that a newly developed drug may be the answer you have been looking for.

No one really knows why dogs (or people, for that matter) develop allergies. But, if you suffer from allergies, you know there isn’t a simple cure, just endless allergy medications to control symptoms.

Veterinarians encounter the same frustrating problems treating allergies in pets. There are no easy cures, and most treatments can only treat symptoms to prevent infection and control itching. Recommended treatments include medicated baths, antibiotics, antihistamines, specialized diets, allergy injections and steroids.

Steroids can dramatically decrease itchiness, but long-term usage of steroids can result in serious side-effects.

This is where Apoquel comes in.
Apoquel is equally—and, in some cases, more effective—than steroids for reducing itchiness, and it doesn’t provide the side-effects we see with steroid use.

Benefits of Apoquel include:

  • Safe to use long-term
  • Safe to use with other drugs, like antibiotics
  • Safe to use with NSAIDs
  • Can be used in conjunction with allergy injections

Apoquel is effective at controlling itching related to flea allergies, food allergies, contact allergies and atopic dermatitis (inhalant allergies).

If your dog suffers from chronic allergies that are difficult to control, ask your I-20 Animal Medical Center veterinarian about Apoquel. Schedule an appointment with us by calling 817.478.9238.