Tools of the trade: Cytopoint


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allergic skin treatment for dogs

by Dr Amanda-Lee Charman, Manuka Vet Hospital, ACT

Cytopoint is a monoclonal antibody that is used for allergic skin disease in dogs. It comes in 40, 30, 20 and 10mg sizes which offers great flexibility of dosing.

What’s good about it

We use this product a lot because it has very minimal side effects and a duration of a month. Historically, itchy dogs had to take a daily oral medication. With Cytopoint, they come in once a month for an injection. During the peak of allergy season, they may require more intervention on top of their regular Cytopoint injections.

The dog starts to feel relief within 24 hours of the injection. Even though it claims to last for a month, I’ve had dogs last up to eight weeks without needing another injection. Cytopoint is also safe to use with dogs of all ages.

It’s designed to target and neutralise one of the main proteins that send itch signals to the dog’s brain. Once that signal is interrupted, it stops the dog from scratching, licking and chewing. It’s registered for use with allergic skin disease, but it also has some positive effect with food allergies when combined with a multimodal approach. It works with all breeds of dogs, offering great relief to frustrated animals and their owners.

What’s not so good

The only negative is that it doesn’t stop inflammation if it’s already present. Sometimes we will, in the short term, combine Cytopoint with another medication just to get over the inflammation and secondary infection period.

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