Apoquel (Rx)

  • Prescription
  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Allergy
  • Skin Care
Apoquel (Rx)

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Apoquel is a highly effective and fast-acting anti-itch medication without the side effects of older treatments such as steroids.

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Medication information

What is Apoquel?

Apoquel is an oral prescription medication used to treat allergic skin diseases and itching in dogs. It goes right to the source and targets the inflammation that triggers the sensation to itch. Apoquel starts to relieve itchiness within 4 hours and works for up to 24 hours.

What does Apoquel treat?

Common symptoms that Apoquel treats include:

  • Frequent scratching, licking, biting, or chewing
  • Excessive rolling, rubbing, or scooting
  • Head shaking, ear discharge, or scratching at ears
  • Hair loss
  • Rash, redness, greasy skin, or scabs

Conditions that Apoquel treats include:

  • Itching (pruritus)
  • Flea allergies 
  • Food allergies
  • Environmental allergies
  • Contact allergies
  • Atopic dermatitis

How is Apoquel given?

Give orally to dogs with or without food following the dosage instructions from your veterinarian.

Who is Apoquel for?

Dogs 12 months of age or older

What is the active ingredient in Apoquel?


What are the possible side effects of Apoquel?

The active ingredient in Apoquel is considered safe, but may initially trigger some stomach side effects including nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Long-term use should be carefully monitored as it may cause immunosuppressive diseases (infection, neoplasia). If your dog has any unwanted side effects or changes in behavior or health, stop giving the medication and reach out to one of our veterinarians.

Be sure to tell your vet about any medications, vitamins, or supplements that your pet is taking.

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