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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 shortage? Try RESPIT!

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

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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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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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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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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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Variability of allergen-specific immunotherapy formulation

Allergen-specific immunotherapy (ASIT) is often discussed as though it represents a uniform treatment option.  In fact, the process of customizing an allergen prescription for a pet is not standardized and there is a great deal of subjectivity involved, even when … Continue reading

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Getting the most from your skin biopsies

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

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Skin cytology: let the lesion morphology guide your technique

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

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