My dog, Layla, is a 8 year old spayed female Boxer. Layla has severe atopic dermatitis and has been to the dermatology specialist to have the “patch test” done, as well as both of the blood tests (Biomedical Labs and Heska Gold) to identify her allergens. She’s allergic to 26 different pollens and mold spores in FL and UT. We were trying to manage her using steroids as needed to keep her from tearing her self up due to severe scratching, and she was miserable. We tried Atopica, but it made her drink excessively and she would vomit frequently, so that was not a good drug for her. The Derm Specialist put her on Apoquel - its a miracle drug - she was better in the first 12 hours - totally stopped itching and scratching, and was so much happier, as were we.
The Derm Specialist put her on the allergen injections for her first year after the patch test, and then the sublingual daily dosing of the same allergens in an attempt to desensitize her. In addition, we were able to maintain her comfortably on Apoquel without any side effects. After 2 years, all was going well for Layla, as long as she continued to get her Apoquel once and sometimes twice daily as needed. I attended the Western Vet Conference a few weeks ago (March 5-9, 2017) and went to all the classes on allergies in dogs and cats that were offered. The general consensus from all the Dermatologists is that today’s modern medicine - namely Apoquel and Cytopoint - are now considered the gold standard for treating patients with allergic dermatitis and otitis externa (most often caused by allergies). With this new information, I decided to try Cytopoint on Layla. Up until this point she was getting Apoquel twice daily because in the Spring, all the pollens are terribly heavy and she would start scratching within 12 hours after she was dosed with Apoquel. As a side note, I discussed this with the Dermatologist at the conference and I was told that the half life of Apoquel is short and after 12 hours, it was common to see dogs itching again. As long as she got her Apoquel every 12 hours, she was comfortable. On March 10, 2017 I gave Layla a dose of Cytopoint as prescribed on the label. I totally stopped the Apoquel so I could assess the effects of the Cytopoint.
The results were exactly as promised by the Dermatology Specialists giving the lectures. Layla stopped itching that same day, and hasn’t had any itching or scratching since that injection. It’s been almost 3 weeks now, and she hasn’t needed any Apoquel yet. The Derm Specialists said it should last 4-8 weeks in most patients, and as it starts to wear off, we can go back to using the Apoquel as needed. This is exciting, because the results suggest that we can finally offer a real solution to manage this terribly frustrating problem that never really goes away. If all it takes is giving an injection every 4-8 weeks during the pollen seasons, then it’s not only more safe and effective, but it’s also much more affordable than any other treatment options we’ve had in the past.