Presenting a breakthrough in Canine allergy treatment

Jul 15

NW Vet Staff

Presenting a breakthrough in Canine allergy treatment

by NW Vet Staff


We are proud to introduce an innovative and effective way to manage itching canine.

Cytopoint injection helps control itch for  4 – 8  weeks. Cytopoint aids in the reduction of clinical signs associated with atopic dermatitis in dogs. If your dog has atopic dermatitis, Atopic dermatitis is a life-long condition, but with help from us, the itching can be controlled so your dog and you can enjoy doing the things you love again.

What is canine atopic dermatitis?

Canine atopic dermatitis is a common allergic skin disease, affecting almost 10% of dogs worldwide. It may be caused by genes that make your dog more likely to have a strong reaction when exposed to allergens. Like human allergies, it can be triggered by pollens or molds during certain seasons, or by dust mites or other allergens in the environment. Over time, atopic dermatitis can worsen and become a serious health issue. Your dog’s skin can become extremely itchy, red, scaly and irritated. If your dog is not treated, there is a risk of hair loss, skin infections and ear infections.

Dogs with atopic dermatitis may lose interest in playing or wake their owners in the night with sounds of licking, chewing and scratching. This constant itching and scratching can have a negative impact on the daily life and happiness of your dog—and even on your dog’s relationship with you and your family.

So, what is Cytopoint?

Cytopoint is an innovative new therapy that targets itch at its source to help relieve the signs of atopic dermatitis in dogs for a month or longer with a single injection.

We can prescribe CYTOPOINT to help reduce scratching, chewing, licking and biting at the skin. When the itch is controlled, the damaged skin can heal, so that you and your dog have a chance to enjoy the fun things in life again.

When a dog scratches, damaging skin, the nerves are stimulated to send itch signals to the dog's brain, triggering scratching behavior Cytopoint works right where itch begins, neutralizing the itch-causing proteins before they can attach to nerves, and breaking the cycle of itch. Proteins that cause itch are released, and attach to nerves in the skin. Allergens penetrate damaged skin, causing allergic reaction. Breaking the cycle of itch main proteins that sends itch signals to your dog’s brain. This helps reduce scratching so the skin has a chance

to heal.

In studies, after one injection, Cytopoint started controlling itch within 1 day, and kept itch controlled for a month or longer. Cytopoint also helped damaged skin begin to heal within 7 days.

Cytopoint is different from traditional drugs  that treat itch. It is a biological therapy—a type of non-pharmaceutical treatment that works like your dog’s immune system. CYTOPOINT contains engineered antibodies very similar to a dog’s natural antibodies. Antibodies are what an animal’s immune system uses to defend the body against infection or disease.

Because Cytopoint is a biological therapy and not a drug, it is naturally broken down and recycled by the body. It is not eliminated from the body via the liver or kidneys like most pharmaceutical drug products. This is one of the reasons Cytopoint can be a safe choice for your dog.

Follow this link to learn more, or call either our Seattle or Everett location with questions.

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