|Mixed results for foster Pascal|
|Anna on intake|
|Cadie before and after Apoquel|
We are very happy to report that a new drug, available in the US, is showing some very good results in a good percentage of our allergy dogs. Nearly all the dogs who try it see results for two weeks, but several of our foster dogs and dogs owned by our volunteers saw a diminishment in efficacy after two weeks, and the dogs' allergies returned full force. Those fosters have stayed on the initial twice daily dose, rather than stepping down after the first two weeks. Apoquel has given some of our worst cases of allergic dogs the chance to have quality of life for perhaps the first time.
Apoquel is not the same kind of drug as Atopica, which is an immunosuppressant. Atopica has worked for about 40% of the dogs we've seen. Atopica has the potential, with long term use, for damage to the liver. Side effects for Apoquel seem mild, after 5 years of clinical trials. There were reports of increased cancer risk at very high doses. Apoquel is about half the cost of Atopica, according to one of our volunteers who has used both drugs.
Apoquel's manufacturers have seen such demand for it that they have not been able to keep up. We've heard that within the next month or two the manufacturer is hoping to have stockpiled enough to be able to ship everywhere, but as of today, many states are unable to get it. One of our Canadian volunteers reports that her vet advised her that Apoquel will probably not be available in Canada in her dog's lifetime. The reason why in unclear to us--perhaps Canada has a different testing protocol for new drugs.
|Apoquel worked miracles for returnee Panache.|
This post, of course, should not be taken as advice, but only as information meant to help our friends who may have an itchy dog or may know someone who owns one. We advise anyone interested in Apoquel to ask a vet for more information.
Posted in hopes that our itchy brethren will find some relief, we remain
The Frog Princess