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:idea:Hi there fellow Doberman lovers. I have a 16 month old male Blue Doberman. I started a new forum because there are numerous posts about skin problems. Most common are the pustules type pimples that folks talk about being a genetic dilution. Also some talk of allergies and many other causes. I have spent my share of money chasing down the problem. I had a biopsy done on one of the big pimples and had it tested for the "genetic dilution" problem It came back negative. I saw a specialist and had all the allergy tests done. Both food and environmental. All came back negative.

I have researched all of the sites and studied up on all the "solutions" to help my poor boy out. All the special foods, the special supplements to give him. So many different things that all seem to just eat up time and money and offer little in the result department.

Well I have an answer for those who want to try something that only requires a pill once every other day. My vet told me months ago that a medicine was working it's way through approval to address Leo's problem. I got the call two months ago that it finally was available.

It is called APOQUEL My dog weighs 76 pounds so for the first two weeks he took one (1) 16mg pill in the morning and then one (1) in the evening. Then stepped down to one (1) in the morning only for the rest of the month. The next month he went down to one (1) every other day.

It was not even two days after his first dose that his pimples all started to shrink and none of them has any puss in them. They dried up. That was just after a few days. Within two weeks, they were all gone except for the ones that were crusty and really big before he even went on this medicine. It has been two months now and he has absolutely none now. NONE

The cost was not too bad. For the first moth it was $78 the second month was $22 Side effects have been NONE Long term use has shown no long term damage. My dog eat IAMS. Cost me $28 every three weeks. He is healthy and happy. Solid muscles and very active. I was buying into the Blue buffalo and all the other yuppy foods with this and that and without this and that. This supplement and this vitamin. The medicated shampoos and conditioners. What a waste. His blood work is flawless, thyroid is excellent, body is in perfect shape. I am happy he is happy.

This medicine is the answer. It is with my boy. The money I save on all the "answers" for his skin is put to good use on all his tennis balls and chewies and what ever he wants. He is my boy.

I hope you too find this will help yours.
 

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I'm glad you are happy with the results on your boy.

Always be sure to be positive you know the possible side effects and whether the benefit outweighs the risks for your dog.
 

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We are in are third month and have not experienced any side effects. Only positive effects. His coat is getting thicker now and has more of a sheen to it. A fellow dog park human has a female Blue with the same problem. She went to my vet and he started her bitch on The same medicine. She about cried after only having her Sophia on it for a week. Like me she tried everything suggested along with the side effects a lot of those "solutions" had. She is a true believer now in this new medicine on the market. I did do the research and it shows no long term side effect noted. So I will continue to use this as the solution. I will of course monitor his kidney and liver function as well as standard blood work every six months for the next year or so. The alternative medicine is steroids and we all know how dangerous that can be with long term use. This medicine was designed to replace to function of steroids without it being an NSAID and no side effects. It works great. Still not a single outbreak of even one pimple. I say give it a try. Ask your Vet what he:her recommends of course. They may not even know about this drug since it just hit the market. Good luck
 

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Apoquel is actually not really an allergy medicine exactly. It blocks the dog from feeling the itchiness they are experiencing, and is not an antihistamine or steroid, which is the typical treatment for allergies. It's a different way of treating the actual itching they experience which can help in an entirely different way, without really "treating" the allergy.

My former girl, Shanoa, was on Apoquel for a while for an environmental allergy and it was, indeed, a wonder drug. There was (and, I believe, continues to be) a severe shortage of this drug. Hopefully it will become much more widely available so more dogs get relief from severe allergies that aren't responsive to antihistamines/steroids.
 
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