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Climate Change Can Affect Seasonal Allergies

Climate Change Can Affect Seasonal Allergies

Several studies have predicted that the increase of seasonal allergies is due to climate change. Indeed, these studies suggest that the increases and numbers affected will likely continue. We and our companion pets are and will be subject to increases in frequency, intensity, and duration of allergies due to extreme weather events – particularly heat.…

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Atopic Dermatitis in Dogs and Cats

Atopic Dermatitis in Dogs and Cats

Atopic dermatitis in dogs and cats specifically refers to an environmental (inhalant or contact) or seasonal allergen that causes flare ups in companion pets that typically are genetically predisposed to this inflammatory response. Veterinarians and veterinary dermatologists concur on this definition. To clear up any confusion, however, human atopic dermatitis is commonly referred to as…

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Cytopoint for Itchy Skin | Dr. Dodds Hemopet

Cytopoint for a Dog’s Itchy Skin

Several readers asked us about Cytopoint, a newer medication to relieve itchy skin in dogs, and how it is different than Apoquel after an article we recently penned about the latter. What is the difference between Cytopoint and Apoquel? Apoquel (oclacitinib) is a synthetic medication that modulates two (JAK1 and JAK3) out the four known…

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Apoquel (Oclacitinib) Use in Dogs with Itchy Skin

Meet Cooper, a Pit Bull Terrier dog. Cooper is a new member of the Hemopet family, lives in the Midwest, and is currently taking oclacitinib maleate (Apoquel). Oclacitinib is prescribed to dogs to suppress their allergy or sensitivity symptoms such as itchy skin or rashes. This is Cooper’s story to try to treat his symptoms…

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Allergen-Specific Immunotherapy for Dogs and Cats

Immunotherapy has been the buzzword these days especially with the recent breakthroughs in human cancer therapy. In actuality, the concept and some applications of immunotherapy have been around for a couple hundred years like vaccines, as the definition indicates: “A type of biological therapy that uses substances to stimulate or suppress the immune system to…

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