Can Cytopoint kill a dog? Many dog owners are concerned about the potential side effects of Cytopoint. Cytopoint is an effective treatment for atopic dermatitis, but it may have the potential to cause death as one of its side effects.
A 10-year-old mixed-breed dog receiving Cytopoint experienced sudden death three days after administration of the drug. A necropsy revealed severe cardiomyopathy (heart disease). The dog had previously received one dose of Cytopoint five weeks earlier with no apparent side effects.
A 12-year-old Maltese developed sudden onset vomiting and diarrhea after receiving Cytopoint. The dog was treated with anti-nausea medication and discharged from the clinic but died later that night.
Can Cytopoint make my dog sick?
There are many different possible complications with Cytopoint. The risks can increase as your dog gets older and this is when they’re at the highest risk of developing any adverse reactions.
In clinical trials, the most common adverse reactions were vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, decreased appetite, and injection site reactions. Most side effects or adverse reactions occurred within the first few days after injection.
More serious side effects have also been reported in some cases:
- Muscle weakness (hypotonia)
- Elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia)
If your dog experiences any adverse reactions to Cytopoint, stop administration and contact your veterinarian immediately.
What is Cytopoint?
Cytopoint is an injectable treatment for skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis that targets and neutralizes one of the main proteins that send itch signals to the dog’s brain. It is specifically designed to stop the allergic reaction that causes constant itching.
What is safer Apoquel or Cytopoint?
Cytopoint is safer because it only targets one receptor, so it’s more targeted than Apoquel which targets several receptors.
Cytopoint is safe to use in dogs of any age or breed. Cytopoint can be given to pregnant or nursing dogs. It has also been shown to be safe in dogs with underlying health conditions such as diabetes, Cushing’s disease, hypothyroidism, seizures, and heart disease.
Apoquel is OK for short-term use in mild and moderate cases. However, it can cause serious side effects and I would not recommend using it long-term.
Apoquel can suppress the immune system, increase the risk of infections, and even cause cancer.
Does Cytopoint lower the immune system?
No. Cytopoint does not suppress the immune system, meaning it doesn’t work like steroids or cyclosporine do on allergic skin disease, but instead works by targeting just one part of the inflammatory cascade.
Can I use Cytopoint with other medications?
Yes. In fact, it can be more effective when used in combination with other medications, rather than as a standalone treatment.
Cytopoint is safe to use in combinations with other medications including Apoquel, corticosteroids, NSAIDs, antibiotics, antifungals, and even with allergen-specific immunotherapy.
Does Cytopoint cause seizures?
Neurological signs (seizure, convulsion or ataxia) have been rarely observed after administration of Cytopoint. Use with caution in dogs with a history of seizures.
However, so far there is no convincing evidence of a link between seizures and Cytopoint.
Is Cytopoint better than Apoquel?
Cytopoint® has fewer potential for side effects than Apoquel®.
Apoquel is an oral medication, while Cytopoint is an injection.
Cytopoint is not a steroid or an immunosuppressant. It does not affect the immune system of the animal and does not impair the body’s ability to fight infections.
Is CYTOPOINT safe long term?
CYTOPOINT injection for atopic dermatitis has been demonstrated to be safe for long-term use in dogs. However, a small number of dogs may develop antibodies against CYTOPOINT. If this occurs, the effect of the drug on the itch might not last as long as expected.
How long does CYTOPOINT injection last?
CYTOPOINT can be given every 4 to 8 weeks, depending on the severity of your dog’s itching and the effect of previous injections.
Positive reviews of Cytopoint
“It’s been a huge help for my dog. She’s allergic to everything and we’ve tried many different treatments (including prednisone) but nothing has worked as well as this medication. It lasts about a month and then she needs another shot, but in between shots she is doing much better.”
“Works like a charm. Our dog has terrible allergies despite being on Apoquel for 6 months prior to Cytopoint. He was miserable with horrible hot spots that would not heal and constant licking of his paws which resulted in open sores. We switched to Cytopoint 3 weeks ago and he has stopped licking.”
“My dog had never had any skin issues until last year when she developed an intense flare-up of atopic dermatitis after a food trial for allergies. The Cytopoint shot greatly reduced her itching within 72 hours and the itching didn’t return for 4 weeks!”
“I have been using Cytopoint for over a year and a half now. I am 100% happy with the results. I was skeptical at first because of the price, but I can honestly say it’s well worth it. My dog has not had any flare-ups since starting the medication.”
Conclusion of Cytopoint
Cytopoint is specifically designed to target and neutralize one of the main proteins that send itch signals to the brain. By inhibiting these proteins, Cytopoint is able to provide long-lasting relief of atopic dermatitis. Its effectiveness can last up to 8 weeks in most dogs.
- One injection provides up to 8 weeks of itch relief, so you save on multiple office visits.
- Fast-acting: In most dogs, itch severity was reduced by 73% within just 4 days of treatment with Cytopoint.
- No known drug interactions and has no effect on other treatments including flea and tick preventatives, antibiotics, steroids, and antihistamines.