We’ve learned that steroids long term can be bad, and now we’ve turned to Apoquel, the “miracle” drug for allergies. But have you looked at the package insert or done a little research?
This is an immune suppressant that in order to work must be given daily.
I remember when this drug was new to the public. Veterinary clinics were put on a list and only allowed to purchase a certain amount each month as they kept running out. News traveled fast and everyone wanted it, no more wondering what caused the itch. Just when and how much Apoquel they could give.
I agree there are some situations where we need drugs to give us relief for a period of time to allow healing, but to just cover up problems rather than responding to them can be harmful.
Steroids have been proven harmful to health and thinning of bones.
Now that steroids aren’t always as effective, so many have turned to Apoquel. Remember, fixing the itch isn’t fixing the problem.
Drugs can be harmful, especially when its long term.
A drug like Apoquel long term can suppress the immune system, leaving your pet vulnerable to other illness’.
Here are some very interesting facts about apoquel…..
Prednisone is another commonly used drug to treat allergies among other illness’, and can help manage a real problem. But like any steroid can become harmful when used for a long period of time.
Certa Pet gives good insight on Predsnisone- What it is/ how it’s used/Short term and long term side effects……..https://www.certapet.com/prednisone-for-dogs/
When we have allergies of our own we do our research and prevent contact with the cause, and of course treat at times.
We should all want to do the same for our pets.
Atopic dermatitis, a more chronic skin irritation
These are all sources of allergies that can cause itching leading to severe irritations, infections, hot spots, and even constant ear infections.
Yes, sometimes veterinarians will approve Benadryl for some situations, but some allergies are just too severe or long term.
And to see them constantly itching affects us too! We love our pets, so when they experience discomfort, so do we.
For my dog Tyson, it was the berries falling from the ficus tree during late summer. He would get them on his paws as he stepped through the garden.
Licking the paws became constant til the hair was gone. I started to wash his paws in the evening during this time, and sweeping the berries. It hasn’t occurred for the last three years. Although this wasn’t as severe as some.
There are many home remedies you can try that might relieve the itch at home. Luckily mine was an easy fix, I’m sure there are so many others.
Shampoos and sprays can sometimes help relieve discomfort or irritation, as well as oatmeal based shampoos, they can be very helpful too.
And don’t stop there. Even trying different foods can help, as it might be a food allergy. There are some great diets out there you can try.
K9ofmine.com has a great guide on how to approach a food allergy.
Also giving good insight on symptoms, common breeds, along with what ingredients you should avoid in a diet.
Allergy testing can be costly, but so are long term visits to the vet with routine blood work, prescriptions and treatment.
Without a doubt prescriptions are necessary to getting your pet some relief from a great deal of discomfort, skin irritations, or lesions from severe allergies. But when it comes to long term steroids and other prescriptions, try taking another approach. Rather than blocking the itch, get to the source.
I’d love to hear some of your opinions.
Remember there are many Spring and Summers ahead!