- Allergic dermatitis requires lifelong management—even when controlled, occasional flares can occur1
• Pruritic flares are to be expected, especially for seasonally affected dogs
- Prepare your clients for the possibility of flares by establishing an individualized plan
- Reassure your clients that their dog's current anti-pruritic treatment is still working, but a diagnostic workup is needed to determine the cause of the flare
- Apoquel® and Cytopoint® can be used to relieve itch while completing a diagnostic workup, while Convenia® treats bacterial skin infection. Simparica Trio® is a monthly chewable that starts killing fleas fast, within 4 hours, to help keep dogs protected
Guidance for Successful Flare Management
- Prepare for the possibility of a flare by maintaining open, two-way communication with the pet owner
- If you suspect a flare, schedule an exam for the dog to be seen
- Do not stop using the dog's current anti-pruritic treatment during the flare
- Complete the diagnostic workup so the underlying cause of the flare (eg, fleas, infection, dietary indiscretion) can be identified
- Treat the flare with the appropriate therapy
- If the flare is due to seasonal spikes in environmental allergens, add a second anti-pruritic treatment for the time needed to get the patient's pruritus under control again. APOQUEL and CYTOPOINT can be used together effectively and safely to treat seasonal flares
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