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Atopica For Dogs 165 166
Atopica for 2 yrs, 90% relief for Kai Ken My dog has inhalant allergies that are very difficult to treat. She seems to be stable now. In addition to Atopica, we have her on a limited raw diet -- Stella and Chewy's lamb and rice. She gets baths with hydrocortizone and other shampoos for allegies every week or two. We tried everything except shots because my girl is too wild to allow it. With Atopica, we have been able to taper off a bit, so it is now every other day, but I have to be careful to stick to the schedule or she starts itching. I search online for the best price and 1-800-Pet Meds is real good about price matching, which saves a lot of money. I recently discovered that 'Yucca Intensive" helps quell itchiness also, and it is very safe long-term w/ no side effects (unlike other medications given to boost effectiveness, my vet tells me.) 06/12/2011
Best Food Allergy Relief I'd been struggling to find the cause of my dog's allergies for months. It was clear that it was a food allergy but I was originally advised that a limited diet should help find the culprit ingredient. After limiting all popular proteins my poor pup was still licking and itching his groin, under arms and mouth. Rashes were a common issue for him but when he started to get a bacterial infection the vet recommended we put him on Atopica as well. Within days the redness and itchiness was gone and my pup and I couldn't be happier. We only wish we had found Atopica relief sooner. 05/17/2011
Product review When this product was first released several years ago, veterinarians got so excited in hearing all of the wonderful results for those frustrating skin allergy cases that deluge our clinics on a daily basis. And while it was often initially cost prohibitive for many clients, as we have learned to use this product more efficiently, and as the price has come down a bit, most of us have seen the outstanding clinical results with this great product. Inhalent/contact allergies(known as atopic skin disease) to molds, grasses, trees, dust mites, dander, ragweed and pollens, have been the most difficult skin cases to treat, with many clients returning to the clinics over and over again with increasingly larger bills, as we usually only temporarily alleviate the symptoms. Over the past several decades, general veterinary practitioners have often had to resort to antihistamines that are effective often up to only 20 percent of the time, or cortisone, which while highly effective in reducing allergy symptoms, often can have severe short and long term side effects. Now that we have atopica we truly have a safer alternative, other than referring clients to expensive dermatologists for skin and/or blood allergy testing, which often takes months of allergy vaccines to evaluate, and which only has a 65 to at most 70 percent improvement rate in these cases. In my hands I have had equal, if not more success to these allergy vaccines using atopica in these allergic pets, thus often saving clients expensive trips to veterinary dermatologists for extensive testing and repeated visits. While initially atopica is dosed daily for the first several weeks to a few months, we are then often able to decrease its use to once to three times weekly in many pets. This significantly cuts down on long term costs in managing this frustrating allergic skin condition. It is important for clients to realize that most of the experience and clinical data that has been generated with the main ingredient in this product called cyclosporine, has not been duplicated yet in cheaper generic alternatives, so it is important in my opinion to stick with the atopica brand name at this time. The only significant draw back I have seen with this product are the occasional nausea/upset stomach and vomiting seen in roughly 20 percent of treated pets. This can sometimes be overcome by actually giving it with a little food, or sometimes I will prescribe an anti nausea medicine such as pepcid or prescription metoclopromide to decrease the nausea before the atopica is given. To help cut down on the costs, we will sometimes get by with lower doses of atopica than listed on its packaging instructions , if we prescribe a drug called ketoconazole, which can increase blood levels of atopica at a lower dose. . Clients can talk to their veterinarians about using this prescription combination for this purpose. The only other major disadvantage I have seen with atopica is that with small dogs, the larger sized pill can sometimes be a problem in administering it to them, but hiding it in small amount of butter or peanut butter can often help it going down easier. Overall though, I highly recommend this product and give it an overall rating of 5, with an effectiveness of a 4, and an ease of use of a 3. 09/08/2008
I swear by this product! I have shih tzu's and all 3 have very different allergies. The worst of the allergies has impacted my poor Tucker. We tried several different meds and treatment plans before the Atopica. This is the only product that has truly provided him with relief. For those of you who have not had success, I feel bad. Like most medications, the typical response is not the same for everyone who takes the medication. While Tucker will no longer take the meds willingly, he is patient with me and lets me push it down the side of this throat. The occasional upset stomach is not as often since my vet told me to try keeping them in the freezer. This has helped. Pets are family and many of us will try just about anything to provide relief. Good luck to you all! 07/05/2014
Im sorry but the Atopica did not work for my dog. He is still scratching all the time. This product is also very expensive so I was not happy when it did nothing. 06/07/2014
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this product is extremely expensive, is there any guarantee if it doesn't work?
We have tried just about everything, why is this any better?
Answer:¬†If your dog has an extremely bad breakout you may need to have them on additional medications to bring the outbreak under control. I found the timing of the dosage to be the hardest to bring consistency to medicating my dog. Now I give it to him when I go to bed which is always a minimum of 2 hours after he's eaten. Product does it's job!
We have chosen to give the Atopica to our dog two hours after she has eaten. How long after the Atopica can she eat more food?
Answer:¬†You don't want to over feed your dog but anything after one hour is fine. The goal is to make sure there is no GI upset, vomit/diarrhea.
How often should blood tests be done to monitor effects of Atopica and Rimadyl??
I am wondering if anyone out there has been using Atopica for a dog with an autoimmune disease and if so,for how long and what were the results? I have been using it now for about 3-4 months on my Finnegan. He first had ringworm and it took forever for it to get better but then his nails and ears were funky so biopsies were done and the state lab said it was bullous mediated dermatitis autoimmune disease. We tried all the meds and nothing worked so our last try is Atopica. Thanks. JoAnna
ringworm when trouble began
Finnegan with Nellie(Collie mix) and Joey(shepherd mix)
Answer:¬†Our friend's dog used the Atopica with AD didn't work because the dog couldn't hold the meds down.
Ours is severe allergies and apoquel has been working great.
Answer:¬†Atopica is an immune suppressant so it may be used in autoimmune diseases, the length of treatment will have to e determined by your veterinarian and will ususally depend on your pet's response to the medication.
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