Post # 16
My dog has been on apoquel for a while. 16 mg every day. Not for just 14 days. I do think that’s weird. However a vet friend said apoquel isn’t ideal for long term.
But when we started to adjust his food, I’ve noticed he can go longer without a dose. (Self defense here, I have a hard time making him take the pill. Usually I can drop it in his breakfast and he eats it but sometimes I find it spit out in the corner of the kitchen. Same if I squish it in cheese, he’ll eat around it! Ugh).
Anyway, he’s on Wellness Simple limited ingredient and it’s been great. I was using sweet potato and fish but now I’ve been using the duck and oatmeal blend and it’s even better!
Also if your vet does still want him on apoquel, the company recently developed an injection dose which lasts longer and is a more stable relief, would be worth asking about!
Good luck, I know it’s hard!!
Post # 17
beeecause : Thank you! I’ve tried a different sweet potato/fish and will look for this brand and the duck.
I put his pill on a small treat with a dab of peanut butter and he wolfs it down. He’s not a picky eater, though, as you may surmise by his love of Aquaphor.
Post # 18
beeecause : apoquel is a non-steroid anti-itch medication. The drug is typically prescribed as a double dose (twice daily) for 14 days, then you can continue once a day long term. It is not ideal for young dogs (under 2 y) to be on long term, as it has been associated with some skin tumor as developing in the very young dogs, but not a known side effect > 2 y. The problem with apoquel is that it only stops the itch, not the underlying cause. It’s fine if used during a period of seasonal allergies (after exposure to the allergen goes away the dog is no longer itchy), it doesn’t help food allergies so much unless used very long term. If there is any pink or redness to the skin, I would be thinking about an underlying bacterial infection (needs culture and antibiotics, often oral unless the spot is very focal). Flaking scabbing can be fungal or bacterial. Fleas usually cause severe itch, unless you live somewhere very cold you should be using a monthly flea preventative anyway (revolution, advantage, frontline, sentinel, NexGard, etc….), usually flea poop is small black specs on the skin above the tail. Could also be mites or mange, they both cause intense itching. I would recommend you revisit the vet and have some testing done in order to get an answer.
Post # 19
anev : Thanks! The vet did skin tests last time and we’ll be back at the vet on Monday. They have been on flea preventative.
Just thinking about all of this makes me itch.
Post # 20
beethree : the skin tests were all negative? For what it’s worth there are only a handful of conditions that cause sudden onset of itching. It won’t be fleas if your on preventative (probably not mites/mange either as most of them cover it). In the meantime you can give Benadryl 1 mg/lb (25 lbs = 1 x 25 mg tab) every 8 hours until you get in there on Monday.
Post # 21
anev : I didn’t have the paperwork with me so just called the vet–he had skin scrapings for mites, no indication of fleas and clean heartworm and fecal tests. He was on a course of antibiotics with the first round of Apoquel. He doesn’t really have any hot spots anymore, just scratching and licking.
I’ve tried a few different types of food since this began, she suggested I pick one and stick with it for several months. He’s never had allergies before. The weather has been very strange this year, not sure if that may be a contributor.