All dogs itch sometimes. Itchy dogs or Canine itch can be caused by a number of things such as parasites, food allergies or infections. It's important to know when to seek medical advice for your itchy dog. When itching disrupts the household or damages your dogs skin, it's time to ask a professional.
Common Allergy Triggers for Itchy Dogs Include:
-Environmental Allergans (Pollen, Mold, Dust Mites)
-Skin Contact with Allergans (Carpet Deoderants, Shampoo, Insecticides, etc.)
Signs to Seek Medical Attention:
-Excessive licking, chewing, biting or scratching
-Recurrent ear problems
-Changes in the skin such as sores or darker color
-Redness of the skin
If your dog shows any of the signs above, it's time to contact your veterinarian. Be sure to ask about the available medications. In some instances, Apoquel maybe the best choice for your itchy dog. Apoquel is fast-acting and begins to relieve itching in 4-hours as well as effectively controlling the itch in 24. Apoquel is safe and can be used long-term for continued itch relief in canines. When on Apoquel, your dog is less likely to suffer side-effects often seen in steroids such as excessive drinking, weight gain or panting.
It is important to note that APOQUEL is not a steroid, antihistamine or cyclosporine (a type of drug that reduces immune system activity). It is a new class of drug that blocks allergic itch at the source, with fewer of the side effects you may have seen with other therapies. (via Zoetis)
Find out more about Apoquel and call us at (714) 921-8700 or schedule an appointment online and find the best solution for your itchy dog.
Yorba Regional Animal Hospital