Atopy is an environmental allergy that is extremely pruritic(itchy). This allergy often leads to dermatitis and secondary infections. Some areas often affected by atopy on the pet are abdomen, feet, and ears. At first atopy tends to show up at a certain time of year or season. Overtime, atopy begins to worsen and require longer periods of treatment with shorter periods of relief.
So how can we treat Atopy?
Steroids help itching, are inexpensive, and work wonderfully when used in the short term and small doses. Sometimes pets don’t even have that many side effects, but steroids can cause excessive urination, thirst, hunger, and panting. When used for long periods they can cause harmful changes to organs and the pets’.
The good news is we have 2 newer alternative allergy therapies available!
This is an oral medication that is also a immune-modulating drug that works differently than other medications in dogs 12 months and older.
This medication gives relief in 4 hours and controls it within 24 hours.
Apoquel reduces your pet’s itchiness, and also decreases inflammation, redness, or swelling of the skin, so your dog feels better as quickly as possible.
It is safer and it does not have some of the side effects associated with other medications such as steroids. It can even be used it long term.
It is considered safer and more effective than previous cyclosporine therapies, this has been a great new tool for veterinarians helping pets with allergies
CADI injection; otherwise known as Cytopoint
This injectable medication one of the newest allergic therapies. Cytopoint is a monoclonal antibody that mimics the body’s natural immune system only targeting the specific inflammatory receptors that tell the brain to be itchy for dogs with atopic dermatitis. CADI stands for Canine Atopic Dermatitis Immunotherapeutic. This medication has minimal impact on other normal functions and does not add strain to the liver or kidneys during it’s metabolism from the pets body. Cytopoint starts working within 24 hours and continues working for 4-8 weeks after 1 injection. Although most of our patients seem to only see dramatic results for up to 4 weeks.
Together with our doctor, we can develop a plan to help maintain your pet’s atopic condition, using some of these therapies or others available to us. Make an appointment call today!