Apoquel is an oral medication used for allergies in dogs. The generic name for Apoquel is oclacitinib, and it is produced by the animal health company Zoetis. Apoquel is a medication that inhibits specific chemicals in the body called cytokines that can cause itching and inflammation. However, it does not inhibit all cytokines, and so it does not affect other important cytokine-related jobs like the production of blood cells in the body.
Allergies frequently cause skin and ear problems in dogs, which are a couple of the most common reasons why you might take your dog to see their veterinarian. Apoquel is one of the most popular medications offered by veterinarians because it treats pruritus (itching) very effectively. It started at twice-daily dosing for the first one to two weeks and then tapered down to the lowest effective dose. Clinical signs can improve as early as twelve hours after the first dose is administered.
Apoquel is safe to give with vaccines and does not appear to have any negative interactions with other medications. It should only be used in dogs twelve months of age or older, and it should not be used with breeding, pregnant, or lactating dogs. Humans should make sure to wash their hands thoroughly after handling Apoquel tablets. Apoquel is not a steroid, and so the list of possible side effects is much shorter compared to steroid drugs like prednisone.