Cytopoint (Lokivetmab) is a new long-lasting antibody injection that can provide relief from the symptoms of atopic dermatitis (itchiness) in dogs. This article will provide details about Cytopoint injection for dogs, its effectiveness, and how to administer it.
Is Cytopoint good for dogs?
Yes, it is one of the most tested drugs to hit the market in a long time. It has been tested in over 1000 dogs with excellent results. There are also no reported drug interactions when given in conjunction with other drugs.
CYTOPOINT is safe to use in dogs of any age, even puppies as young as 8 weeks old.
How does Cytopoint work?
CYTOPOINT works by specifically targeting and neutralizing only the protein that causes itching due to allergies in dogs without affecting any other proteins. This is different than many other treatments that affect a broad range of proteins and often cause unwanted side effects such as sedation (i.e., Apoquel).
Because CYTOPOINT works differently than most other therapies used to treat atopic dermatitis, it can be used as needed, rather than on a regular basis. After an injection of CYTOPOINT, dogs typically have a noticeable improvement within 4 hours in their itchiness and clinical signs. In fact, many dog owners report their dog feeling better almost right away! The effects of CYTOPOINT can last up to 8 weeks and the safety profile is excellent; there are no side effects associated with this treatment option.
Will CYTOPOINT make my dog sleepy?
CYTOPOINT does not make dogs drowsy or lethargic after treatment. But like any injection, some dogs may be sore for a few days after receiving the injection and may be less active during that time.
Is it safe to use with other medications?
Yes! Studies have shown no drug interactions between CYTOPOINT and any commonly used medications.
Can I give my dog a bath after receiving the injection?
Yes! Bathing will not affect how well CYTOPOINT works.
What are the side effects of CYTOPOINT?
The most common side effects that were seen in clinical trials of CYTOPOINT were transient injection site reactions (e.g., swelling, redness) and transient gastrointestinal effects (e.g., vomiting, diarrhea) reported by fewer than 5% of dogs.
Is Cytopoint safe long term?
CYTOPOINT is safe for long-term use. The safety of CYTOPOINT was evaluated in a field study in which dogs were treated with multiple doses of CYTOPOINT, and the results showed that CYTOPOINT is well tolerated.
Positive reviews of Cytopoint injection
The following Cytopoint Injection reviews have been submitted by customers and veterinarians. We hope you find them helpful.
“I have a golden retriever that has been having issues with itching and chewing himself raw at his paws and groin. The vets have tried several different medications, none of which have been effective. We finally tried the Cytopoint injection and it has made such a difference!! He no longer chews himself raw. He is an active dog with a lot of energy, so we will continue to use this as needed. It is expensive, but it is worth it!”
“Very happy with this product! It has helped my dog tremendously. He is now able to sleep through the night without having to be let outside.” — Barbara D., California
“Our dog has suffered from chronic allergies for several years and we have tried an array of different medications, with some success but never enough to completely alleviate his allergies. After being on Cytopoint for a month, there has been a significant improvement in his condition.” — Carla G., Texas
“My vet recommended that I try this product. I was skeptical at first because I had heard so many negative things about injections but after just one dose my dog was able to go three days without scratching or chewing herself which is something she hasn’t been able to do in years!” — Lisa F., Indiana
“My dog was diagnosed with severe allergies, for which a commercial prescription diet did not work. We tried Cytopoint injections, and it was a miracle for her. It completely stopped her scratching, licking, biting, and redness.”
“We tried everything, (prednisone, Benedryl, Atopica) with some relief but not complete. Our vet suggested we try Cytopoint and it worked immediately for my dog. We go back in 2 months for another injection if she needs it. It only costs around $100 per injection and is well worth it if you get relief from the allergy symptoms.”
Conclusion of Cytopoint injection for dogs
Cytopoint is a very effective treatment for atopic dermatitis in dogs. It is administered by subcutaneous injection and works by blocking the action of a protein that causes itching.
The effects last for up to 8 weeks, with most dogs requiring no other medications while receiving this injection.
Side effects are rare, with the only common ones being a temporary increase in itching around the injection site (lasting less than 24 hours) and lethargy.
Cytopoint has been shown to work well in more than 98% of dogs receiving treatment.
I can not stress enough that finding the perfect balance of food, exercise, and treatment is the best way to treat your pet’s allergies. Just because your dog is taking Cytopoint does not mean you can ignore their diet and exercise.
In addition to Cytopoint injections, it is important to feed your dog healthy food and treats. A high-quality limited ingredient dog food is the best option for dogs with allergies.
Treats should be fed sparingly and it is best to avoid treats that contain processed meats like beef or chicken. These treats are often made from leftover animal parts which are more likely to cause an allergic reaction in our pets. The best treats for dogs with allergies are usually fruit, veggies, or jerky made from lamb or bison.