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- Retrospective evaluation of Apoquel® (oclacitinib) for the treatment of atopic dermatitis. Part 2: monitoring for side effects.
- Apoquel vs. Atopica: a comparison of two medications to control atopic dermatitis in dogs
- Retrospective evaluation of Apoquel® (oclacitinib) for the treatment of 117 dogs with atopic dermatitis. Part 1: control of pruritus (itch).
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By Jon Plant, DVM, DACVD Bad news, good news about Apoquel® from Zoetis (NYSE: ZTS). We learned last week that the Apoquel backorder situation is likely to continue throughout 2014 and into the summer of 2015. That is very sad … Continue reading
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
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
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
It’s frustrating for you and your clients if a skin biopsy result comes back non-diagnostic. Here are some of the things I do to get the most information that I can from dermatopathology. 1. For inflammatory skin diseases, do not … Continue reading
When it comes to taking samples for skin cytology, there is no one technique that is best in every situation. Here are my favorite techniques, and when I find them most useful: 1. Cellophane tape stripping is the technique that … Continue reading
Continuing with my focus on diagnostic tips, today I’ll share my approach to ear canal cytology in dogs and cats. As you know already, this is a simple, but valuable test that should be recommended whenever otitis externa is suspected, … Continue reading
One of the topics that veterinarians ask me about most frequently is how to interpret fungal cultures grown on dermatophyte test medium (DTM). The fungal culture is an important early step in working up many presentations, including folliculitis, patchy alopecia, … Continue reading
How do you diagnose atopic dermatitis in a dog? That’s right. Based upon clinical features. Serum IgE and intradermal testing can be used to identify potential allergens, but the tests are not sensitive or specific enough to rely upon for … Continue reading