Scratching is the natural reaction when your skin itches, whether you're a person or an animal. Although a few seconds of vigorous scratching may feel good initially, raking your nails over your s ...View Article
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Posted on 04-27-2017
Many pets suffer from allergies this time of year. They can be allergic to fleas, food ingredients like chicken or beef, or their indoor and outdoor environment (this is called atopy or atopic dermatitis). Sometimes finding the right treatment can be frustrating. Because itching has so many different possible causes and they vary for every pet, your veterinarian is often left using trial and error to find the right itch treatments for your pet. Further, some pet owners aren’t happy with the prospect of giving their dogs multiple medications to deal with itching. Fortunately, a new treatment alternative is available called Cytopoint. Cytopoint is safe, effective, and fast-acting, so your dog feels more comfortable right away and you get a break from listening to the constant itching and biting.
Cytopoint is an injectable biological immunotherapy treatment that disrupts the cycle of inflammation and itching that is associated with atopic dermatitis (environmental allergy) in dogs. Unlike drug treatments, Cytopoint is highly specific so that its impact on broader immune functions is limited.The liver and kidneys are not involved in metabolizing Cytopoint, as they are with drug treatments for itchiness.
Cytopoint begins working within 24 hours of receiving a single injection in 80% of dogs. The relief lasts for four to eight weeks. During this period of itch relief, damaged skin has time to heal, which can help to make itching less intense in the future. After the first injection wears off, dogs can get a repeated dose. Testing has shown Cytopoint to be safe and effective for long-term use.
To find out if Cytopoint could be the right treatment for your dog, call your veterinarian right away.
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