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About skinvet

Jon Plant, DVM, is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology, founder of SkinVet Clinic and developer of RESPIT, regionally-specific immunotheray for atopic dermatitis of dogs and cats. He is a member of the International Committee on Atopic Diseases of Animals, the past President of the Portland Veterinary Medical Association and the Dermatology Section Editor of the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association.

Zeroing in on canine atopic dermatitis

By Matt Carnett, DVM and Jon Plant, DVM, DACVD There have been a number of advances in canine atopic dermatitis treatment within the past few years, notably the introduction of the janus kinase inhibitor Apoquel (oclacitinib), manufactured by Zoetis. While … Continue reading

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What makes dogs itch?

Dogs are taken to veterinarians for itching more than for any other medical problem. But what makes dogs itch?  While there are many possible causes, most dogs that are itchy suffer from one of these six conditions: Flea allergy dermatitis … Continue reading

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Retrospective evaluation of Apoquel® (oclacitinib) for the treatment of atopic dermatitis. Part 2: monitoring for side effects.

By Jon Plant, DVM, DACVD In September I reported on the effectiveness of Apoquel® (oclacitinib) in controlling pruritus (itch) in the first 117 dogs that I had treated with this newish medication from Zoetis. When I prescribe Apoquel, I recommend … Continue reading

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Apoquel vs. Atopica: a comparison of two medications to control atopic dermatitis in dogs

By Jon Plant, DVM, DACVD Atopica® (cyclosporine) and Apoquel® (oclacitinib) are separate and distinct medications. Both are used for controlling the signs and symptoms of atopic dermatitis (“allergies”) in dogs. They are two of the most effective allergy treatments for … Continue reading

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Retrospective evaluation of Apoquel® (oclacitinib) for the treatment of 117 dogs with atopic dermatitis. Part 1: control of pruritus (itch).

We started hearing about a new drug to control the itch of allergic dermatitis and canine atopic dermatitis in dogs over 1 year of age at the Vancouver World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology. Like most veterinary dermatologists, I was eager … Continue reading

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Itchology App Preview

You will soon have a new tool for the management of itchy dogs. This is going to be a must-have app for veterinarians who treat allergic dermatitis.  Among the features of this iOS app are: Pet parent grading and recording … Continue reading

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How itchy is your dog, really?

By Jon Plant, DVM, DACVD Scratching, biting, chewing, rubbing, and excessive licking can all be signs of itch (pruritus) in dogs. A number of methods have been developed to try to quantify itching, but these are most useful in research … Continue reading

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