We’ve had him for 2 weeks now and he’s doing incredible. It’s a grade 1 Mass Cell Tumor. I never wanted to put him on meds for the rest of his life. His ears have been clear but he has started to scratch, ALOT. Relieved to read that you’re going to make some changes, they are a great start. After the third time I knew I had to stop, i didnt care what the vets said. (http://wwww.forloveofthehorse.com/total_immune_health.php) When I spoke to them on the phone to get the recommended dosage for a 16 lb frenchie, they had frenchie experience with a pup that had the same exact issues as my frenchie and made a complete recovery without any relapses in the last 5 years since being on it. Good luck. Best of luck with a now much more seriously ill dog, thanks to Apoquel messing with his immune system. The vet two weeks ago told me of the Apoquel injection, which isn’t a steroid, and it sounded like a miracle drug. I started my 10 yr. old Shih Tzu on Apoquel when it first came out. A very large one in her groin area which is causing her walking issues. Fortunately, he didn’t have either issue. I tried then to get her off Apoquel, but she wouldn’t go along with the herbal regimen I had found, and it was probably much too late anyway. This year I finally decided to take him to my local vet as the itchiness has slowly started to appear. We had him on Atopica a steroid for a year,and I weaned him off it for 3 months, 4 months ago. . Then I guess I am an evil person. My dog had severe allergies (outdoor and 3 food ones) and would itch night and day until her ears and eyelids and mouth would bleed – but I refused to give this (or Benedryl). Short term: try adding pumpkin to his diet, Jackie. It is amazing. I called vet’s office to inform them what is going on and they even didn’t tell me to bring my dog for exam! They are from different parents and Lucy is the one that developed Atopic Dermatitis at about 4-5 years old. Even people can get Lepto if a grill isn’t cleaned and food prepared rats have peed on. I phoned the vet and they were like oh it is not from the Apoquel. Well worth some diagnostic effort to see why she’s in this state. We switched to a limited ingredient food along with therapy for her back and ultrasounds and spinal adjustments. There may be some very good advice here, but now I have to process it through several ‘filters’ in order to verify I’m getting sound advice. I’d be waiting for the other shoe to drop, if you haven’t had problems yet. You were only doing what you thought was best. My dog has a mast cell tumor on his tummy after taking Apoquel for 3 weeks. I took Godot to ER and he was treated about few hours with IV solution, antibiotic against infections, painkiller, anti-gas, anti-diarrhea and vomiting, etc, etc. Here is the problem that I myself have run into as well as many of the rest of us. We have experienced no ill effects from the Apoquel yet. Atopica mainly affects T cells. Toothbrushing and Dental Prophylaxis in Cats and Dogs . What we know is the immune system is being thwarted by Apoquel. I believe in raw diets, minimal medications and being as natural as possible and am a heretic in the profession for my thoughts. Beautiful coat, sleeps all night. After that experience with the allergy testing of those, good for you, foods it made me wonder what else the dogs are allergic to that could possibly be causing all the itching of my other dog. I do wonder whether or not some of the side effects mentioned in this article can be attributed to Apoquel. We have done the grain free, poultry free, limited ingredient diet for years. That Zoetis was once a branch of Pfizer that was spun off is oinly natural. Did the Apoquel cause his liver problems, I don’t know. Some cats respond well to this therapy, others do not respond at all. Just because you didn’t get vaccinated and didn’t get ill hardly clarifies anything. Well within a few days I realized he wasn’t itching! The Hep B vaccine (now given at birth) has 20 TIMES MORE ALUMINUM THAN THE FDA RECOMMENDS AS SAFE. Now after two weeks, my Golden can hardly get up from lying down, go up and down steps and is very lethargic. I am worried about using it but he can not continue the way he is. We got to about 3 months into the prescription and sadly I had to put my Golden down last week. Prada cried and itched so bad she developed staph and her paws were swollen and she had blisters between her toes and ear infections , she also lost a lot of weight . Bootstrapped biz here in Austin doing great work. The thing is, it’s not just topical, it’s systemic and nothing I have done has “fixed” her system. Investigating and vet is reporting this episode to the drug company. Alternatively, they may prescribe it for the long term alongside other medications. Go back to basics. Julie. In the last 3 years I have fostered and helped rehome many Westies and very few of them have had the itchy problems or, skin problems which I’m sure, will scotch some of the wide held beliefs about Westies. @Lewis Cole…our black lab was prescribed Apoquel a few weeks ago because the Vet said the steroids were the cause of an infection she has. Started Apoquel. The reason is I would rather she had a shorter more comfortable life than one of misery with the itch. I had to get Typhoid, Yellow Fever, Polio and a booster Tetanus, along with Malaria, to go to Africa. Next to you, APOQUEL is a dog's best friend. Now we have to fix the problem of what we eat and what we live with every day. He has been on Apoquel for about two years. It is drama and fear-inducing ridiculous sites like this that create the false and misleading world of “Dr.Google” for pet parents and is truly a travesty. Itching, licking, scratching etc? We finally found Apoquel and it was a miracle-no side effects! Put the blame where it belongs, not on the pharmaceutical companies that are attempting to help provide a better quality of life for our best buddies. Took her to the vet the next week, and the needle aspiration was inconclusive. My Brodie has had seasonal itchy skin for about 6 of his 9 years, getting a Kenalog injection every September, along with antibiotics and anti-inflammatory meds when he’s a hot mess. If you read the ingredients on the bag of food and don’t feed them any food or treats that they are allergic to and try to avoid the environmental things that they are allergic to you are doing the best you can do. With the 1st month’s perscription, she seemed to be fine. (He, like me in the old days of conventional medicine, hasn’t likely read the research on safety or efficacy. I was giving him apoquel and then added benadryl. That always comes with a cost, some more immediate, some after some prolonged use. But my dog has never really been a scratcher. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1939-1676.1996 and there has been a study out of Purdue proving that often serious health issues arise when vaccinating: http://www.omegadanes.com/purdue_university_and_hayward_foundation_study_on_vaccines.htm Corporate profits are the only thing that matter to them. And no, I don’t work for the maker of apoquel, nor to I get any money or any other reward to write this. Also years back in Miami many of us were using a poultry vaccine that helped initially if given at first onset of disease called the New Castle vaccine. I wonder if he’ll recover after we remove the tumor or are his cells damaged forever? Do allergy testing on your dogs and find out what they are allergic to. I’m sorry but if you would rather kill your pet or watch him suffer that is your business. He is the sweetest dog I have ever owned, he’s earned his Canine Good Citizen Certificate and is a comfort dog to the elderly, he loves all people and pets. Blood and vomit came too eventually. Our beloved Bernese Mountain Dog, Frieda (7 yrs. The biggest predictor of allergies in my experience has been the owners who’ve followed the baseless conventional medical practice of annual vaccinations. My dog died from taking Apoquel and I will do everything to have this poison removed from this earth. I am such a minimalist w/meds that after the first day I felt we could use less so began breaking the tablets in half and that evolved into the 8mg dose and stretching it out as long as possible. All natural. No change so I went to none. Hmm.. no one lives forever as i said, i want my time here spent feeling good, not feeling like crap. Ideally, Apoquel® should not be used twice daily over a long period of time, … 2 days later he was weak and falling over. Apoquel isn’t a drug meant for acute dermatitis or short term use. I like my vet, especially the way she handles my pets, and we’ve had very blunt conversations about my view of drugs. When my husband questioned if it was caused by the Apoquel, the vet said “well, I’ve never heard that it could do that, but it does suppress the immune system…”. I am hoping for as promising an outcome. I trusted this vet to guide me in the right direction for my dog. Prednisone was $20 and her Dr is confident this will keep Bella Tumor free. There is no question in our mind that because our dog had a compromised immune system, and the potential for getting cancer, that Apoquel suppressed his immune system enough for him to develop cancer. hiring a vet homeopath will get you to cure. Very well mannered and has been doing very well during our short introductions to our 4 year old Bombay cat. So off we went. I took her to a holistic vet who did an allergy test on her and it came back that she was allergic to a number of very common, good for you, ingredients. In 2013 I took my dog to a veterinarian in PA that does clinical trials for all kinds of diseases in dogs. Nothing. We know that vaccines confer immunity, from one single vaccine. Animals can’t talk. She is too sweet to have gone through all of this. My wonderful shih Tzu has problems, small fatty tumors here and there. She had been on raw, BARF/formula combo, since two years old. Oh, Tanya, I’m so sorry. As for the diet, those prescription diets with hydrolized proteins are micronized so small, the body doesn’t recognize them as allergen. My Dog Ate Apoquel What Should I Do? My poor dog was itching to death for months. We don’t know for sure what happened. I later learned that they were pieces of his bone. Not wanting to see him suffer, we paid a visit to the vet, who then prescribed Apoquel in a dosage for his size and weight. I bought better carpet and my little dog got better. Our vet has him on 3 different medications. Food, bathing, supplements, positive reinforcement. People claim lepto is an unnecessary vac because they don’t have rats, !!!! that we can abstain from giving the vaccine but also not jeopardize the dog being quarantined or worse yet forced to be euthanized if an accident happens???? Our vet didn’t prescribe this for a spot, or a bite. Almost 2 months since his passing and the guilt is so overwhelming. Please go to drugs.com and type Apoquel. That’s an enticing way of calling out its action. I find it interesting what the Author said about Aquacel. It’s my fault for not researching, I know. For the most part she can go 36-48 hours and sometimes even more between doses. He had his yearly vaccinations November 2019, including his 3 year rabies vaccination. It’s Apoquel for dogs that we’re talking about. My dog has been on Apoquil for 2 years and it has made her quality of life so much better. When the shot wears off she goes from normal to crazy itchy and bleeding and scratching her hair off of everywhere. Fast forward to now, heart murmur is stage 6. I wish you the best in that. He has had a tough road so far with having 3 major operations in his first year of life ( he had undergone a liver shunt operation as well as 2 other major operations that cost my family well over $15,000 that we had to scrap up by selling my car, and other things) but, this lil guy means so much to me, I did what I could for him. My dog is a Labrador Staffie mix and has been suffering for months, desperately scratching and gouging her skin. Thanks very much for this informative site! I have two dogs that got bartonella from fleas. My 4yr old Mini Schnauzer has been on Apoquel for 3 months. How could the vet prescribe this medication for my dog knowing it’s for dogs that are at least 12 months old? Then we noticed blood in his urine. I said thats it. (Like that will ever happen, right big pharma?) So sorry to hear about the problems everyone’s dog is having. I missed it because I read the section called “animal safety.” It contained no mention of malignant neoplasia, tumor, carcinoma, lymphoma or sarcoma. She eats Blue Buffalo with fish and sweet potatoes, and a couple of pieces of bananas and green beans. Let me suggest, Glanda and JF, that this isn’t a black or white proposition, as you seem to state it. Eventually had to resort to Apoquel. In humans, it is not recommended to give some of these JAK inhibitor drugs with CYP3A4 inhibitors like ketoconazole. Oh, Tanya, this is indeed so sad and unfortunately, so common. Also, I’m not a fan of rinsing them and LOVE your milk jug method. SMH.. And you NEVER give a rabies vaccine with any other vaccine at the same time! Went down hill rapid 1 day and I got him to emergency vet. Probably about a tablespoon to that shy quart of milk. Oh, Nola, that’s horrible! She’s a ten year old Maltipoo with constant chewing on her feet. I’m so sorry for your loss. Thank you for all you do. It sounds like you’re on a slippery slope here, Val. Drugs cannot effect cure, this one, steroids, antibiotics, anti- anything. Good for you. They did ultrasound to see if surgery would work, but said it was already spread and she would bleed out that night. Itching and biting is gone and both are acting much better. I refuse to use any chemicals for ticks or fleas on his body and instead do a nightly check.. For others, we start at once per day. I’m a a stand still…..I sent you a an email Dr Falconer….she may be 11 1/2 but still acts (mostly) like a puppy, and I’d love to see her have many more years of good life. After three days, it finally did. He gout very sick. I just had to chime in here, and this is worth the read!! Drugs don’t cure that. During the three month recovery phase to this study, one APOQUEL tablets-treated dog … I will always believe Apoquel was a contributor to her cancer. This last time so much hair fell out and his eyes by the tear stains kept bleeding. She was diagnosed yesterday, cancer. started him on this wonder medication, however, I started to notice some odd behaviors, not right away but it’s getting worst. We thank Daisy and keep her in our hearts. Perhaps “immune confuser” is a more apt label? It’s important to know that you are really wanting to cure the underlying disease that’s manifesting in this very external spot on the flank. They seemed to work as his skin was noticeably less raw. She was a healthy loving energetic 5 year old dog with allergies. The immune system is behind Addison’s disease: it’s autoimmune. Well, again carnivores simply weren’t meant to consume them. The Pet Hospitals – Germantown I moved back to the SW and she was fine for about a month. 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