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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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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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Controlling Staphylococcus in the veterinary hospital

With the rapid emergence of methicillin-resistant strains of Stapylococcus pseudintermedius (MRSP), the potential for nosocomial infections should be addressed by every veterinary hospital with a formal, written infection control program.  Most of the control measures for MR staphylococci are applicable … 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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