TREATMENT OPTIONS:

PRESCRIPTION OCLACITINIB (oral tablet)

PRESCRIPTION ORAL TABLETS

Unlike home remedies (oatmeal baths, etc.) these tablets do more than provide temporary relief. This treatment provides fast and effective relief of allergic dog itch. It is specifically made for dogs, and not a steroid.

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Injectable immunotherapeutic (biologic therapy)

Injectable immunotherapeutic (biologic therapy)

For long-term control of allergic itch due to atopic or allergic dermatitis, an injectable immunotherapeutic given at your veterinarian's office provides relief and convenience, plus gives you an alternative if you have a hard-to-pill dog.

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You may have also heard about other treatments for allergic dog itch…

such as oatmeal baths, lotions, and topicals. However, these over-the-counter treatments tend to provide temporary “fixes” if allergic skin disease is present, since they don’t treat the source of itch. Unfortunately, the search for relief can be a never-ending cycle. You may also have heard about antihistamines or steroids to manage allergic dog itch. While antihistamines are often recommended for people with respiratory allergies, they do not effectively control allergic itch in dogs, and are made for people and not dogs. Studies show that antihistamines are ineffective at providing itch relief for most dogs with allergic skin disease and offer little or no benefit in treating the itch “flares” that sometimes can occur in a majority of dogs.1 Antihistamines can also cause side effects such as drowsiness, panting, and trembling.2 Steroids, too, have been shown to cause undesirable side effects, so it is important to weigh the options and discuss the pros and cons of each treatment.3

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Should you talk to your veterinarian about your dog’s itching? Take this quiz.

You will not only be helping your dog, but you will also be helping service dogs in need. By completing the quiz,* Zoetis will donate to expand the number of dogs in its K-9 Courage Program, which provides financial and in-kind product donations to retired military dogs, active police dogs, and active service dogs that assist veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress.

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IF YOUR DOG HAS ALLERGIC ITCH, YOUR VETERINARIAN CAN HELP!

For many years, steroids or antihistamines were the only treatment for allergic dog itch. However, treating with these types of therapies also meant dealing with certain unpleasant side effects.

Antihistamines, for instance, can cause drowsiness, panting, and trembling.2 They also have been shown to have little or no benefit in treating skin allergies in most dogs because they don't get to the underlying cause of itch.3 Steroids can cause increased urination, drinking, and weight gain as well as behavior changes, such as aggression.4,5 In addition to these physical signs that cause suffering for you and your pet, these side effects can be emotionally taxing and even impact you financially --with additional veterinary visits, medicines, and even the cost of cleaning soiled carpets or furniture due to “accidents.”6

Today there are treatments designed specifically for dogs to help relieve itch and the desire to scratch, while also targeting inflammation, redness or swelling of the skin.6 Ask your veterinarian about effective treatment for allergic dog itch, including daily oral tablets and an injectable that can provide relief that lasts 4 to 8 weeks.


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