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Apoquel (Oclacitinib)

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  1. Weigh yourself.
  2. Weigh yourself holding your pet.
  3. Subtract the two numbers to get their weight.

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  • Description

    Apoquel medication designed to deliver rapid and effective relief from itching and inflammation in dogs, transforming veterinary medicine with its ability to enhance the quality of life for dogs facing allergic and atopic dermatitis. This medicine specifically tackles the causes of itchiness and swelling, providing fast relief without using steroids. It is suitable for dogs of all breeds and sizes and at least 12 months of age, making it a versatile option for pet owners seeking to alleviate their dog's discomfort.

    Before you buy Apoquel for your pet, it is important that you talk to your veterinarian about effectiveness and Apoquel cost.


    Apoquel come in the form of tablets or chewable tablets. It come in various strengths (3.6 mg, 5.4 mg, and 16 mg). The typical initial dose for most dogs is 0.4 to 0.6 mg/kg twice daily for the first 14 days, followed by a maintenance dose of 0.4 to 0.6 mg/kg once daily. Your veterinarian will provide the precise dosage for your dog's specific needs. The tablets can be administered with or without food.


    Active Ingredient: Oclacitinib.


    Apoquel is exclusively formulated for dogs and should never be given to cats or other animals.

    If your dog is pregnant, nursing, or you suspect they may be, consult your veterinarian before using Apoquel.

    Apoquel for dogs functions by suppressing the immune system's response to itching and inflammation. While highly effective for managing allergies, it may also reduce the body's ability to combat infections.

    If your dog requires Apoquel treatment over an extended period, your veterinarian will diligently monitor them for potential complications, including alterations in bloodwork or organ function.


    While Apoquel is generally well-tolerated, potential drug interactions should be considered like corticosteroids, other Immunosuppressants, cyclosporine, digoxin and other medications. Your veterinarian will meticulously consider these interactions and make informed decisions regarding your dog's treatment plan. Never modify your dog's medication regimen without consulting your veterinarian first.

    Side Effects

    While Apoquel is generally safe and well-tolerated, it may induce side effects in some dogs. Common side effects may include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, decreased appetite, skin infections and ear infections.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Apoquel (Oclacitinib)

    What is Apoquel for dogs?

    Apoquel (Oclacitinib) is an oral medication used to manage inflammation and itchiness associated with allergies in adult dogs. It effectively treats atopic dermatitis and environmental dermatitis, such as pollen or grass allergies.

    Is Apoquel safe for dogs?

    Yes, Apoquel is generally safe for dogs. It’s an alternative to antihistamines and steroids, providing relief for allergic itch without severe side effects.

    Is Apoquel a steroid?

    No, Apoquel is not a steroid. It works by inhibiting specific enzymes involved in itching and inflammation, unlike traditional steroids.

    How long does Apoquel take to work?

    Apoquel starts relieving allergic itch within 4 hours, providing significant relief within 24 hours.

    Does Apoquel make a dog sleepy?

    Apoquel can cause mild lethargy in some dogs, but it’s not a common side effect.

    How does Apoquel work?

    Apoquel inhibits cytokines (chemicals in the body) responsible for inflammation and itching. It helps manage allergic dermatitis symptoms and allows the skin to heal.

    Can humans take Apoquel?

    No, Apoquel is specifically designed for dogs and should not be used by humans.

    Why is Apoquel so expensive?

    Apoquel’s cost is influenced by research, development, and production. Its effectiveness and unique features contribute to its price.

    Can cats take Apoquel?

    Currently, Apoquel is only approved for dogs. Consult your vet for alternatives for your feline friend.

    Does Apoquel expire?

    Like any medication, Apoquel has an expiration date. Always check the packaging for the expiration date and avoid using expired medication.

    What are the side effects of Apoquel?

    Apoquel rarely has serious side effects. Mild vomiting and diarrhea are the most common occurrences. Consult your vet if you notice any unusual reactions.

    Product Code : 13505