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I am glad to hear that Fonzie's itching is better. Apoquel is a new medication, without the side effects of steroids, and helps about 80% of dogs with allergies.
What bad side effects have you heard? I have been using this drug quite a bit for over a year without any problems.
I have been doing some searching with dermatologists. We have seen Apoquel cause a temporary low white blood cell count. If a dog has a case of warts, Apoquel should be stopped until the warts resolve.
There are a few reports of dogs developing increased pigment in their skin.
Some dogs develop a reduced appetite, which usually goes away after a few days.
Since this is a new drug, I usually do blood tests after the dog has been taking it for a couple of weeks to a month, to check cell counts and liver values, etc. So far no problems in the dogs I have treated, and I have not seen any of the side effects listed above.
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