Itchy pups are commonplace in the
animal hospital, and sometimes, finding the right treatment can be frustrating. Because
itching has so many different possible causes, your veterinarian is often
left using trial and error to find the right itch treatments for your
pet. Further, some pet owners aren’t happy with the prospect of
giving their dogs medication to deal with itching. Fortunately, a new
alternative is available: CYTOPOINT. CYTOPOINT is safe, effective, and
fast-working, so your dog feels more comfortable immediately and you get
a break from listening to the constant itching and biting.
What is CYTOPOINT?
CYTOPOINT is an injectable immunotherapy treatment that mimics the natural immune
response in dogs to disrupt the cycle of inflammation and itching that
is associated with atopic dermatitis in dogs. Unlike drug treatment, CYTOPOINT
is highly targeted so that its impact on broader immune functions is limited,
and it is eliminated from the body through normal product degradation
pathways. That means that liver and kidneys are not involved in metabolizing
CYTOPOINT, as they are with drug treatments for itchiness.
How quickly does CYTOPOINT work?
CYTOPOINT begins working within 24 hours of receiving a single injection
at the animal hospital in 80% of dogs. The relief lasts for four to eight
weeks. During this period of itch relief, damaged skin has time to heal,
which can help to make itching less intense in the future. After the CYTOPOINT
injection wears off, dogs can get a repeated dose. CYTOPOINT testing has
shown it to be safe and effective for long-term use.
Are there any side effects?
The side effects associated with CYTOPOINT are minimal. Some animals experienced
slight increases in attacks of diarrhea, vomiting, and alopecia, but these
incidences resolved without vet treatment. Less than 2% of dogs in trials
of CYTOPOINT had any adverse effects.
To find out if CYTOPOINT could be right for your dog, make an appointment
at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group in McKinney today. A veterinarian
can make a diagnosis and determine the best plan for treating your pet’s
excessive itching. To schedule an appointment at our pet hospital today, call (972) 239-1309
for Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas or call (972) 529-5033 for
Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney.