Apoquel: Relief for itchy dogs!

Allergic Pets

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For some pet owners, trying to find a solution for their itchy dogs has been difficult. While there are certain medications that can provide some help, it wasn’t until a drug called Apoquel came out that dog owners really started noticing a change.

So what is Apoquel?

Apoquel is a medication manufactured by Zoetis that provides an onset of relief for itchy pets within 1 hours of administration. From dogs with only seasonal allergies to severe year round atopy (environmental allergies), it is safe to give short and long term.  Click here to read all of the medical and safety information about Apoquel.

What dogs are eligible to take it?

Dogs need to be at least 1 year old, not pregnant, breeding or lactating in order to be able to take Apoquel.  Also, dogs with serious skin infections or cancer do not qualify to take this medication because it can cause pre-existing infections to get worse. Click here for more information.

Are there any side effects?

The most common side effect of Apoquel is vomiting and diarrhea, although our experience here at Blum has been very minimal in our patients. If either of these symptoms occur, please call us at Blum Animal Hospital to discuss this with your doctor. Apoquel has been proven to be safe to interact with many common medications and vaccines.

How can I get it?

While there has been a nationwide shortage of Apoquel (click here for more info), Blum Animal Hospital has been able to receive a limited supply. If your dog is currently itchy or you have any further questions, please contact us at: (773) 327-4446 and speak with your doctor to see if your dog is eligible.


Written for Blum Animal Hospital by Jackie Sheppard.