Apoquel: A Medication For The Control Of Itching In Dogs With Allergies

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  1. Cathy Connolly says:

    Good information. I read about this in one of your other articles. This sounds promising. I need to save it and I’ll also share it! Thanks for sharing it!

  2. Hi Cathy. I wrote a post about Apoquel last year to let people know a little bit about it and about the backorder. Now that Apoquel is finally available to all veterinary hospitals as of this month, I wanted to share updated information about it. I am glad you enjoyed my post and thanks for sharing!

  3. We haven’t gotten this yet because of the backorder, but I’m sure we will once it is back and in full swing. Thank you for telling everyone about it.

  4. You’re welcome, Sand Spring Chesapeakes!

  5. It’s so sad watching dogs scratch continuously as if there’s no relief in sight. Hope this can safely help them with their allergies.

  6. Hi Groovy Goldendoodles. There have already been a number of pet parents that have seen wonderful results with Apoquel, and I expect that it will help a lot more dogs now that it is going to be widely available.

  7. Our family vet prescribed Apoquel to Bentley and the result was awesome. Thanks for sharing more information about it.

  8. Thanks for sharing your personal experience with Apoquel, M.K.! I am very interested in getting feedback from pet parents that have had the opportunity to use Apoquel in their dogs.

  9. Elaine says:

    This sounds really promising! Would Apoquel be a better or safer alternative than Benadryl or Zyrtec for a dog like Haley that has mild allergy symptoms?

  10. Hi Elaine. In answer to your question, Apoquel is a completely different class of drug and works in a completely different way than the antihistamines Benadryl and Zyrtec. There are many different treatment options for treating itchiness due to allergies in dogs.

    I do not think that Apoquel is necessarily better or safer than Benadryl or Zyrtec. If Benadryl or Zyrtec work well for Haley’s mild allergy symptoms, then it is fine to continue using them as per your veterinarian’s directions for use.

    Sometimes one brand of antihistamine does not work for a particular dog but a different antihistamine works well. In some dogs, antihistamines and other treatments have not worked, but Apoquel made a huge difference for them. Each dog is an individual and will respond to different treatments in different ways. Apoquel is just another tool in our toolbox of various treatment options for allergies in dogs.

    I want to add here that I am a firm believer in the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids for allergic dogs. My own dog, Savanna, is a very allergic dog, but I have her allergies almost completely under control (with only a rare, slight flare-up) by feeding her a high quality salmon-based diet so that she gets a large daily dose of omega-3 fatty acids. It took about two or three months on the diet for the fatty acids to work, but now she is a different, and much happier, dog.

    You can read my post about omega-3 fatty acids here:

    Omega-3 Fatty Acids For Dogs With Allergies

  11. Julie Wright says:

    Does anyone know when Apoquel will be available in Canada??

  12. Hi Julie. I do not know the answer to this question but here is the contact information for the product manufacturer Zoetis (Canada headquarters) from their website (http://www.zoetis.ca/index.aspx) so you can call them:

    Zoetis Canada, Kirkland, Quebec
    For product related inquiries, please call 800-461-0917

    After you speak to them, it would be greatly appreciated if you would share what you find out in another comment on this post. Thanks!

  13. Emmadog says:

    We are always amazed at how many dogs have allergy issues. Mom has never had a pet with allergies, we have our paws crossed it never happens here. Mom has had allergies herself all her life and she says it is plenty to worry about. Hope this helps some of my pals with itching allergies.

  14. Thanks for sharing, Emmadog. I do see a lot of dogs that have problems with allergies and it is very frustrating for their parents to deal with. There have been a number of success stories from pet parents that were able to get Apoquel over the past year, and now that Apoquel will be widely available, I am sure there will be more.

  15. Hawk aka BrownDog says:

    Hi Y’all!

    I have to eat special food and get shots and pills for my allergies. Have to get my Human to check with my vet about Apoquel if I get a bad flareup this year.

    Y’all come on by,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  16. Hi Hawk. Apoquel does not have many of the adverse side effects that steroids can have, so it is a good treatment option for allergic dogs. It does not work for every dog, but it certainly has helped many that have tried it. I think it would be worth trying it if you have a flareup with your allergies this year.

  17. Talent Hounds says:

    Great post Rachele! I remember your post on Apoquel last year too, glad to hear it is now more widely available as it sounds really promising.

  18. Thanks, Talent Hounds!

  19. travelanimaldr says:

    As always, a very informative article. Thanks.

  20. Thank you, TravelAnimalDr!

  21. Dolly the Doxie says:

    I wrote about this twice last year and got so many requests to help people find it. We were at the vet on Monday and asked again for Dolly. They are only getting limited supplies, finally, with a much longer waitlist. Dolly’s allergies are pretty bad and I really want to try it for her. We did try the shots but stopped those once we found out she had food allergies too. Zoetis really missed the boat on making this drug available.

  22. Hi Dolly. The good news is that now Zoetis seems to be on track for making Apoquel widely available in the United States. If your veterinarian is not able to get it for you when you need it, you might try calling a local board certified veterinary dermatologist to see if they can provide it for you and, if so, make an appointment for a physical examination and consultation with the specialist (a client-patient-veterinarian relationship is required for any prescription medication). It is possible that boarded dermatologists may have larger supplies of Apoquel than general practitioners.

  23. Thank you for sharing this information. My 8 month old puppy is already scratching her fur so I think she is going to have her share of allergies.

  24. Hi Sharon. Your puppy is too young for Apoquel, but she is not too young for omega-3 fatty acids, so you may want to consider a fish oil supplement. I have links to some high quality fish oil supplements here:


    Make sure you have her on a monthly flea preventative, too – even if you never see fleas. The bite of even one flea can make a dog intensely itchy for up to five days, and you may never see that flea. I always recommend monthly flea preventative for allergic dogs to eliminate one possible source of itchiness.

  25. raisingdaisy says:

    Rachele, you provide such great information on your blog, and I just want to say thank you. Our dog is an allergic type also, but we’re seeing an improvement in her with a new diet and, interestingly, by keeping her off of heavily treated grass. When we pass a house with a perfect lawn, we take Daisy out into the street, otherwise her tummy gets little red bumps that turn into scabs. It makes walking her during spring and summer difficult, but it’s worth the effort. We’ve stopped treating our own lawn – it doesn’t look too good, but at least we can take Daisy into the yard!

  26. Thanks for sharing, RaisingDaisy. That’s great that you found out what Daisy what reacting to and you were able to correct the problem. And thank you for letting me know that you enjoy my blog. That means a lot to me. 🙂

  27. carmapoodale says:

    I have a friend who has a small poodle that used this last year and she said wonderful things about it. Before using Apoquel her poodle would constantly dig and scratch to the point it drove her nuts. When she went back to get a refill she found out that it was not available to her at the time.

    We were always afraid of what the side effects would be after doing a search on the drug. After reading your blog post, we may see about getting it for our chihuahua Scooby Doo. He is allergic to grass or certain weeds. We really haven’t pinpointed it yet but know that when he is walked around the block he can’t stop scratching.

    I have read some of your other posts also and I will be returning to read upcoming posts. I love your blog!

    Have a beautiful day.

  28. Thank you so much, Carmapoodale! It is very gratifying to me as a writer and as a veterinarian when someone lets me know that they enjoy my blog posts.