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Kodi is my "allergy boy", and we manage him with diet, daily Zyrtec and if needed Benadryl. I've talked to my vet about Apoquel, and she says she tends to use it only as a last ditch effort, and also, hopefully when dogs are older. She says that side effects are not all that common, but when you see them, they are bad. Add to that the reports of cancers seen in dogs on it long-term, and she only likes to use it when the dog is already old enough that it will most likely die of something else first anyway.
Now, that all said, she tends to be very cautious with meds (which is one of the reasons I love her) and it is certainly a drug that is being used by other vets more frequently. The people I know who have used it have seen a HUGE improvement in their dogs' allergy symptoms. So I think, like every other medical decision, you need to make a cost/benefit analysis. When Kodi was at his worst, he was licking himself raw. But we have mostly been able to control it in the last few years, so I'd rather save the "big guns" for later in his life, if we ever need them.
Karen, Kodi, Pixel and Panda
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