Category Archives: Atopic Dermatitis

Apoquel safety: how Apoquel is like fine wine – Part 1

By Jon Plant, DVM, DACVD Apoquel® (oclacitinib) is the new Zoetis drug for the treatment of atopic and allergic dermatitis in dogs at least 12 months of age. I’ve been prescribing Apoquel for almost 3 months now and I must … Continue reading

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APOQUEL: will it live up to expectations?

Jon D. Plant, DVM, Dipl. ACVD If you haven’t already, you will soon be hearing a lot about APOQUEL® for the management of allergic dermatitis and atopic dermatitis in dogs at least 12 months of age. APOQUEL® is a new … Continue reading

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Veterinarian assessment of RESPIT for canine atopic dermatitis

Allergen-specific immunotherapy (ASIT) is frequently used to manage canine atopic dermatitis (AD). The selection of allergens for ASIT is based on intradermal testing (IDT), allergen-specific immunoglobulin E (IgE) assays, patient history, and aerobiological data. In theory, an optimal allergenic extract … Continue reading

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Veterinarians recommend RESPIT

RESPIT, regionally-specific immunotherapy, is the practical allergy immunotherapy alternative that you can prescribe for atopic dermatitis in dogs and cats without allergy testing.  I recently conducted a survey of all 160 veterinarians who had prescribed RESPIT Injectable prior to September … Continue reading

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Why aren’t there more randomized controlled trials on allergy immunotherapy in dogs?

By Jon D. Plant, DVM, Dipl. ACVD Long before I developed regionally-specific immunotherapy (RESPIT), I was interested in studying the efficacy of allergen-specific immunotherapy (ASIT) in dogs. Why?  The only placebo controlled study on ASIT, although a noble effort, had … Continue reading

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The efficacy of oromucosal or sublingual immunotherapy in dogs

by Jon Plant, DVM, DACVD Two routes of administration may be used for allergen immunotherapy: subcutaneous injection or oromucosal  / sublingual.  The subcutaneous route has been in use in humans and animals for more than 50 years.  After an initial … Continue reading

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Non-specific effects of immunotherapy in asthmatic cats

An interesting study pertinent to RESPIT was brought to my attention by my friend Dr. Dean Gebroe of Culver City Animal Hospital.  You may have noticed the capsule report in the September 2012 Clinician’s Brief entitled “One Allergen to Treat … Continue reading

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Serum allergy test reliability in dogs

If you are recommending that your client spend several hundred dollars on an allergy test for their dog, it would be nice to have confidence that the test is reliable.  It should demonstrate both test-retest reliability (repeatability) and inter-lab reliability … Continue reading

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Serum allergy testing of normal dogs

Do you wonder about the specificity of allergen-specific IgE tests in dogs (the percentage of dogs not allergic to an allergen that are correctly identified as non-allergic)?  Hopefully, you are using clinical criteria to make the diagnosis of canine atopic … Continue reading

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Intradermal testing reliability in dogs

This month I will review the reliability of “allergy” testing in dogs.  If you are going to recommend allergy testing to clients, you should understand their limitations.  The topics I have planned for the coming weeks are: Intradermal testing reliability … Continue reading

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