Apoquel (Oclacitinib) Product Information
Apoquel is used to treat pruritus, or itchiness that won't go away due to allergies, parasites or infections found in dogs at least 1 year old.
We currently only carry the Brand product and it is available in 3 doses: Apoquel 3.6mg, Apoquel 5.4mg and Apoquel 16mg. All strengths are sourced from our licensed dispensing pharmacy in Australia, and manufactured by Zoetis, and is available in packs of 100 tablets. There is no generic product available.
Shipping from Australia to the US would take an estimated 10-18 business days in transit, and shipping would cost $9.95, or $15.00 if you wish to have it tracked. We are available to help you with the order process if you need assistance, and can be reached by phone on our toll free number 1-855-776-0079, or by chat which is available on our website.
What is Apoquel used for?
Dogs seem to scratch themselves a lot of the time and often there is a good reason for this. Itchiness, or to give it its medical term, pruritis, occurs due to a number of issues and could be as a result of allergies, infections or parasites. The 4 types of allergies that dogs tend to suffer from are flea allergies, allergies to a specific type of food, contact allergies or inhalant allergies.
As dogs cannot be hidden away from the world, they cannot be totally protected from the allergies, but they can be treated once the symptoms start to show.
How is this medication given?
Once you have started to use Apoquel, there is no time limit to how long it could be used. It has to be administered twice a day regardless as to whether or not the condition is short term or what will be classed as chronic. After the first two weeks of treatment it is possible to reduce the treatment to one administration a day.
Dogs can suffer allergies to medication in just the same way that humans can. The main way to identify if you need to report the problem is if the dog is:
- Licking themselves more than normal
- They are scratching or biting their skin more than normal
- Rolling round a lot in lieu of scratching
- Licking their feet or chewing at the skin
- Fur falling out
- Problems with their hearing or the ears in general
- The skin may change color - it will become more red
- There will be sores appearing on the skin
- There will be a change in the odor of the dog
It could be that you need to stop treating the dog with this medication but it has to be the vet who makes the decision as they will know if the risks outweigh the benefit that the dog will gain.
When you take your dog to the vet and they suggest this medication, make sure that you tell them certain things about the dog the dog including:
- If the dog is less than 12 months old
- The dog is suffering from cancer – Apoquel will make this worse.
- Any other medication that the dog is on – it has not been tried with a lot of existing medications.
The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.