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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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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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Apoquel Backorder Conspiracy Theories

By Jon Plant, DVM, DACVD There is a huge demand for Apoquel®, the new Zoetis (NYSE: ZTS) drug for dogs with atopic dermatitis or “allergic” dermatitis. I predict that Apoquel sales will exceed $1 billion per year for Zoetis after … Continue reading

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Apoquel safety: how Apoquel is like fine wine – Part 2

By Jon Plant, DVM, DACVD How much do we know about Apoquel’s safety? Quite a lot, I would argue. The short-term safety profile, based on the data collected during multiple randomized-controlled trials at recommended doses looks good.  In a 28-day … Continue reading

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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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