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Has your dog reacted badly to 'Cytopoint' injection (new anti-itch shot)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dog Force One View Post
    In short, yes, I find it odd, too. I have dug around a few times now as well and also come out with next to nothing.
    Thanks for your reply DF, I'd like to see more discussion/evidence of the Cytopoint injection causing serious illness or death in dogs. I like to hear all sides of the story and decide from there, but there is little to nothing on the web.

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    If the information we want was available from the sources we are looking for, a book would have been published already.

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    I just compared how two veterinary drug makers (Zoetis and Merck) attempt to prove the safety of their products. Merck has a "product label" link on each medication description, which includes a full list of warning and cautions. Zoetis, as we all seem to know by now, has no links to webpages with that information. Unfortunately none of Merck's products are injections for itchy dogs, but when I read about a topical treatment for ear infections, it was exactly what I was looking for and could not find on the Zoetis site. If Merck made Cytopoint everybody would have known in 2016 all of the side effects it can cause just by visiting their website. My point is Zoetis is the one failing your dogs because other companies make sure veterinarians know everything.

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    My Springer X aged nearly 7 started exhibiting fly-snapping behaviour recently, and I was assured that it can't be Cytopoint. He had been terribly itchy and it was found to be a storage mite allergy. We were struggling to control it with diet and Apoquel, so we agreed to try Cytopoint - he's been having a monthly injection for several months now. Even with that he was still scratching, so the vet increased the dose after consulting with Zoetis. However now that he has started this fly-snapping, I asked the vet not to give the next dose in case he is having focal seizures caused by the injection. Does anyone else have similar experience? My vet will report it for me as a new side-effect if we think it is this. Kidney function all checked and OK...

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    Welcome Spot. Sorry to hear your dog is having this reaction to that shot, I really hope that it doesn't progress to seizures or worse. I would definitely refuse a second dose, there are other ways to help with allergies or itching that don't involve such devastating side effects, up to and including death. I only know what I've read about personal stories here on these threads, not much additional info online or any reports of class action lawsuits against the company. I won't ever give my dog this shot, and he does seem to have seasonal allergies every summer into fall.

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    At least your veterinarian is willing to report a new side effect to Zoetis if focal seizures occur. I did not read all of the horror stories on this forum, but apparently other people have vets who refuse to accept the fact that Cytopoint is the cause of post-treatment disorders, including seizures.

    Alpha is not alone. If I ever had a dog with allergies, it would get the same treatment my cat did: customized allergy shots to be given once a week.

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    . our 7 month old Lab Coco was given the injection on Saturday by a vet at his Primary’s office and he ended up in the ER today due extreme lethargy, fever, drooling since the injection.... he has been on medication for huis heart (TVD) since he was 8 weeks.... it seems like this drug only has a conditional license and pretty experimental but Vets are still injecting dogs with it as it is good money... a lot of people are reporting major side effects on public forums.. really upset and scared for Coco 😞 the emergency vet did say it has nothing to do with his TVD but neither vets want to blame Cytopoint (they are in touch with each other)

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    Wishing the best for your Coco, I don't blame you for being upset and afraid, I would be too. Welcome, please let us know if he starts to feel better.

    It's funny that I couldn't find anything of substance about this drug on the web, not from the pharmaceutical companies, but from those who are both knowledgeable and unbiased. I don't have complete faith in doctors or veterinarians, they both seem to have lost their power to work honestly with their patients and instead are encouraged to promote the latest drugs, whether they have personal concerns about the drug or not. I think their employment is threatened if they stray from the herd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alpha1 View Post
    Wishing the best for your Coco, I don't blame you for being upset and afraid, I would be too. Welcome, please let us know if he starts to feel better.

    It's funny that I couldn't find anything of substance about this drug on the web, not from the pharmaceutical companies, but from those who are both knowledgeable and unbiased. I don't have complete faith in doctors or veterinarians, they both seem to have lost their power to work honestly with their patients and instead are encouraged to promote the latest drugs, whether they have personal concerns about the drug or not. I think their employment is threatened if they stray from the herd.
    He has high fever, pain in his belly and right ear/neck region... he is drooling a lot and as of yesterday after they gave him pain meds at ER, and antibiotics for three days..he is not even eating now.. need to recheck with internal medicine doctor in two days.. kidney, liver function, blood count, basic ultrasound and x-ray lungs are within normal limits... they say its fever of “unknown-origin”... still not taking responsibility for cytopoint being the culprit...I just hope my baby makes it... he looks so bad right now
    Last edited by shipra.sethi; 05-16-2019 at 07:30 AM.

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    I have a 3 year old frenchton who has been on the Cytopoint shot for a year now. She went a few months without needing the shot and just received it last week. Monday she woke up with 2 lumps on her eye. By the time I got home her entire face was swollen and her neck. Took her to er and they gave her a shot of Benadryl and steroids. Told me to continue giving Benadryl. Yesterday she started vomiting and diarrhea. Lethargic not drinking water or eating. Took her back to er and they gave her fluids and an antibiotic and probiotic. They weren’t familiar with the shot and couldn’t give me an answer if the shot is causing this.

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    Welcome Mindi, I hope your dog is going to be okay. The stories surrounding this shot are very scary, I would not give it to my dog from all I've read. Good luck to both of you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alpha1 View Post
    Welcome Mindi, I hope your dog is going to be okay. The stories surrounding this shot are very scary, I would not give it to my dog from all I've read. Good luck to both of you.
    I think the decision should be made only and only by a Veterinary dermatologist.. after proper testing.. and it should be administered only when benefits outweigh the risks

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    that's the thing, the benefits don't outweigh the risks
    he is your friend and protector, he will love you unconditionally, you owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion

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    For us next step is to consult an Internist and a Neurologist for Coco.. still don’t know what exactly is going on

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