New drug may stop your dog's allergy-related itching

When dogs have allergies, they can go absolutely crazy trying to stop the itch. They lick their paws, bite their sides and scratch their ears.

It's hard to see them suffer and we all know that all of this biting and scratching can lead to a serious infection.

Take your pet to the vet and they may treat the condition with an antihistamine or steroid drug. That may work and it may not.

Dr. Marty Becker with says there's a new drug called Aproquel that might provide permanent relief.

"I've used it probably on 100 dogs already this year," Becker said. "They stop itching day one. They stop stinking day three to five, which means they don't have the secondary bacterial and fungal infections and they are perfectly normal."

Apoquel is a tablet taken once a day. If it works, your dog will need to take it for the rest of their life.

Dr. Becker says the demand for Apoquel, which hit the market in January, has been so great that it's in short supply.

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