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

Blacklabmom

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My 7-8 yr. old black lab/hound mix rescue has mite allergies all year. The vet didn't want him on prednisone all the time due to complications with prolonged use. She suggested Cytopoint, and I didn't do any research before the first shot. That was about a month ago, and since then, my dog has had an infection in both ears and a large abscess on his behind. I told the vet we wouldn't be doing anymore shots, and we're back on a low dose of prednisone every other day. I feel lucky that he's alive and wish I had read this forum first. I worry that there will be more complications from Cytopoint before it's out of his system. I believe his immune system was compromised by it.
 

JerryLee

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My 7-8 yr. old black lab/hound mix rescue has mite allergies all year. The vet didn't want him on prednisone all the time due to complications with prolonged use. She suggested Cytopoint, and I didn't do any research before the first shot. That was about a month ago, and since then, my dog has had an infection in both ears and a large abscess on his behind. I told the vet we wouldn't be doing anymore shots, and we're back on a low dose of prednisone every other day. I feel lucky that he's alive and wish I had read this forum first. I worry that there will be more complications from Cytopoint before it's out of his system. I believe his immune system was compromised by it.
Thank you for sharing. I’m hoping your dog will be fine since it was only one dose. Jerry Lee is still on natural nzymes but it is going very slowly. I keep hoping he’ll will get better. However he is so sweet and happy. I hate having him in a cone but he doesn’t seem to mind. Keep me posted.
 

Jacks Mom

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Our 13 YO Jack Russell had a Cytopoint injection in June and later that day was lethargic and had trouble walking. He had also had a rabies shot. In a few days he seemed back to normal. Then on November 3 rd he received another Cytopoint injection. I mentioned the previous reaction but the vet didn’t say anything. In a few days he started having trouble walking. He seemed to have intermittent paralysis of the hind legs. So back to the vet. He was treated with pain meds for arthritis. At this point we were having to carry him outside to go and help him stand up. He seemed to be in pain and could not stand up on his own so we decided to have him put to sleep. We are beyond heartbroken. I blame the Cytopoint injections.
 

Alpha1

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Very sorry for all of you who've used this shot and had terrible effects from it. It's unfortunate that they haven't pulled this off the market already. :(
 

Dog Force One

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Don't wait for lawyers or the now hijacked FDA. How many more dogs all around the world will receive this killer shot tomorrow, and the next day, and the next? Be the change you want to see: Post one of these to social media read by other people with pets, and ask them to pass it along.

Who will stop Zoetis? WE will stop Zoetis.

 

Jacks Mom

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I realize yoyr post about Murphy is over a year ago but I’m wondering if he ever recovered from the Cytopoint reactions. We Lost our dog because of it.
 

JerryLee

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I am so sorry. It is so hard to lose a family member.
And I do agree about legal action. They need to be stopped. I’m also unhappy with my vet. Just a small, easy google search would have told him so much. Vets should do a little research before recommending drugs to our precious pets. I was told this amazing drugs had no side affects. Again I’m so sorry.
 

Yetidog37

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I just wish everyone knew about this before it happened to their dog...this shot is just to make money! I wish everybody new about this forum! It is a great place! I'm glad I found it! I will never give this shot to any of my dogs! (None right now) I'm so sorry for all who lost a pet with this "Cytopoint" shot. I just wish......:(:mad::(:mad:
 

Bethebest7

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My 7 lb chorkie received the cytopoint shot for allergies, we usually go with apoquel but, this year her itching was really bad. After taking the shot, she started vomitting within 24 hours. Took her to the vet after a couple of days with intermitten vomitting or diarhhea and not eating. She has severe pancreatitis. I told my vet I thought it was the shot, the vet thought so too and reported it as she had another dog get pancreatitis. The company denied that the shot was the cause. I know my dog and I know this occurred right after the shot. Please do not give your dog this shot! I am still dealing with my dog with IV fluids, nausea, diarhhea as well as the anorexia. The company tried to suggest it was her food. My dogs numbers were off the chart according to the vet, very unlikely that it was caused from her food.
 

Alpha1

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So sorry about your Chorkie, I hope she recovers from this shot and becomes normal again. My dog appears to have seasonal allergies in summer that cause itching, but I try to stay away from prescriptions drugs if I can and will definitely not be letting anyone give him this shot. Thanks for sharing your story, it is sad indeed.
 

Dog Force One

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Very sorry for your Chorkie and you. Sending you both positive thoughts. I hope she can make it back.

The company tried to suggest it was her food.
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Spread the word. Post this image to social media. Warn other people before their dog is next. Stop this evil company.
 

poodlepup

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hi , i have a 9year old toy poodle. who developed itchy pads started licking between them just over year ago. Nothing changed in her diet we moved house, brand new and the licking continued to the point she was breaking the skin and hiding under the bed so we could not stop her. The vet said that she has pruritus...so prescribed Apoquel for her which i give her 1/2 tab am/ pm and then reduce down to 1/2 pm every second day if i can. the vet has now suggested that i start her on the Cytopoint injections said that will benefit her greatly... i am really worried now after reading the description and what effect it can have on dogs...she started to have tiny pimple like sores fluid filled that come and go on her body mostly on her back... which no one seems to know why ..... She has Royal canin intestional dry am/ and the tin pm alternating steamed chicken and vegs during the week... i have read that dog can be allergic to chicken?? any advice greatly appreciated...
 

poodlepup

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I live in australia.. and this is really worrying that we are now giving drugs that alter the dogs immune system pathways and cell instructions to alter....
 

Alpha1

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Welcome to the forum Poodlepup, sorry to hear your poodle is having such problems. I personally wouldn't accept a Cytopoint injection for my dog, and would try any other alternatives that I could. I think coconut oil and omega 3 fish oil or krill oil is beneficial for dogs and people with itching problems, I was giving my dog krill oil and also put him on DINOVITE, now I supplement him with it year round in hopes of his seasonal allergies becoming less severe next summer.

I also started to use special shampoo and conditioner on him, although I don't give him baths too often, he's a poodle and lab mix. The brand name of the shampoo and conditioner is Zymox, bought in a regular pet store. I think dogs can be allergic to chicken or lots of other things, did your dog always eat chicken with no problems in the past?
 

Winnie

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My whippet mix Winnie has allergies and has been tested and I give her shots of serum every 21 days. Before we started the vet offered Cytopoint or serum that has been used for over 20 years. I chose the serum with supplemental shots of Cytopoint. My dog is 4 years old about 2 years ago she developed a lump. I took her to our regular vet (we see an allergy specialist) who decided to watch it. 3 months ago I took her to a different vet and they did a needle biopsie and determined Winnie had a mast cell tumor. She actually had two removed and were determined to be low grade. I took her in for a Cytopoint shot and another mast cell tumor popped up. She has had surgery to have that one removed also. It's been on my mind that there is a correlation between the Cytopoint and the mast cell tumor. The mast cell popped up near the site of one of the original tumors but the lab had reported that the margins were clean. The vet suggested either the lab wasn't correct or this was an odd case. Winnie's last tumor was sent on to the University of Michigan where it was confirmed low grade also. Her tumors apparently don't look like typical mat cell tumors. Bottom line no more Cytopoint for my dog until there's proof otherwise. Thank you for listening.
 

Shelby Hensley

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Hi I just wanted to let pet owners know about a recent BAD experience we just had with our dog getting a cytopoint shot . I took our 1 1/2 year old doberman in to the vet for a small rash on her thigh , the vet suggested a cytopoint , it was 105.00 for the shot but I want what's best for my dog , well a few hours later her pupils changed , 1 eye dialated the other got real small , she didn't seem right and an hour later started throwing up , then hives . I called the vet , they said if she got worse go to ER , this was at 10 at night , the hives went down some , so I thought she would be ok . The next day I woke up she was throwing up more , diaharea and bad hives , I rushed her to the vet for a Benadryl shot , helped calm down the hives , took her home , she still couldn't keep anything down and seemed Sick . The next day I took her back to the vet and ran blood work to check her , she finally ate and is holding down food . At home now , sleeping , sometimes her pupils still change sizes . If I would have known I would have NEVER given her that shot !! Now it's one day at a time . They need to take it off the market ! I would hate to see more people and animals go through what we are experiencing.. Thanks for listening
 

KOconnor109

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I’ve posted my Marv’s story in this thread before. Since then we have had a couple relapses from his IMHA which we believed CYTOPOINT caused. We gave 2 blood transfusions in the past month to hopefully buy more time for the new meds to kick in. Yesterday his RBC count was back down to 13% he is not responding to any treatment. Our vet who is a specialist has exhausted every option for treatment. We are looking at losing our baby in the next few days. I reached Out to Zoetis to report adverse effects. They did get all of Marv’s records from our vets, and are giving us a check out of “good will and support”. They are recognizing there could be a correlation but not taking accountability. Unfortunately we are still facing loosing our pride and joy @ 3 years old. I regret Ever agreeing to that injection and truly hope if anything I have helped save others from making the choice to give their fur baby that shot.
 

Dog Force One

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So sorry that Marv is still in rough water. Thanks for sharing what is happening.

If you seem to be out of options and feel like your thumbs are just twiddling, I have one idea that will be harmless and could mysteriously help.

The little people. I'm talking about bacteria.

The microbiome (good and bad bacteria in balance in the gut of people and other animals) is turning out to be extremely important for wide ranging aspects of health.

You may have been giving your dog some probiotic (good bacteria) in capsule form, but assuming that you don't make your own LIVE sauerkraut at home, my suggestion would be to go to a store like Whole Foods or a health food store and ask to buy a jar of LIVE, FERMENTED, UNPASTEURIZED sauerkraut, which is like homemade FERMENTED (not canned, not pickled) sauerkraut.

A few bites of live sauerkraut have more beneficial bacteria than a whole bottle or more of commercial probiotic capsules, and it a much more traditional combination and form, one that has proven itself over centuries of consumption around the world.

Good bacteria in the microbiome are extremely influential, and the vast array of body functions that they protect and improve is only beginning to be understood. One thing that is already known is that good bacteria in the microbiome are friends of the immune system. If Marv's difficulties are related to his immune system (or anything else for that matter), I would let these bacteria in to do their time honored work. There is a distinct possibility that it could help, possibly even dramatically. There are more bacteria cells at work in our body than the number of cells of our own body. They are very mysterious and very important. And at a time like this, it's possible they could just help Marv.

Four of my five dogs eat a spoonful of LIVE sauerkraut (that I make myself at home) mixed into their breakfast and dinner every day. I also eat a spoonful myself several times a day, because it makes a huge difference in how I feel. The worst that can happen is Marv could get some diarrhea or something. But that doesn't happen to my dogs. Their stools and everything else have only gotten better since we all started eating homemade fermented sauerkraut. If you haven't made it yet, it takes too long to start now. It takes three weeks to ferment. But live sauerkraut from the store will be the same. Just make sure it is NOT normal plain canned or jarred sauerkraut that is commonly sold at the grocery store. It must say be fermented and LIVE. Normal canning heats the beneficial bacteria and kills them off. I think LIVE sauerkraut should be available at Whole Foods or maybe at a health food store. If they try to sell you probiotic pills instead, forget about that. It's not the same. Live sauerkraut has been helping people stay healthy for centuries in countries around the globe and kicks any commercial pill in the bottom.

Anyway, it can't hurt, and I am firm believer in both Doggy Mysticism and Live Sauerkraut Mysticism.

You must trust the little people and let them in. They may be able to help.

Mix a spoonful of fermented LIVE sauerkraut with Marv's favorite food twice a day.

Good luck.

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KOconnor109

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Thank you. Unfortunately he will not eat today. Not treats not anything. He has never been this bad, he doesn’t have enough energy to even stand we had to carry him outside for the bathroom. I think We are losing this battle.
 

Alpha1

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I rushed her to the vet for a Benadryl shot , helped calm down the hives , took her home , she still couldn't keep anything down and seemed Sick . The next day I took her back to the vet and ran blood work to check her , she finally ate and is holding down food . At home now , sleeping , sometimes her pupils still change sizes . If I would have known I would have NEVER given her that shot !! Now it's one day at a time . They need to take it off the market ! I would hate to see more people and animals go through what we are experiencing.. Thanks for listening
Hi Shelby, thanks for sharing your experience with the shot, I really hope your dog get through this with no permanent damage.

I’ve posted my Marv’s story in this thread before. Since then we have had a couple relapses from his IMHA which we believed CYTOPOINT caused. We gave 2 blood transfusions in the past month to hopefully buy more time for the new meds to kick in. Yesterday his RBC count was back down to 13% he is not responding to any treatment. Our vet who is a specialist has exhausted every option for treatment. We are looking at losing our baby in the next few days. I reached Out to Zoetis to report adverse effects. They did get all of Marv’s records from our vets, and are giving us a check out of “good will and support”. They are recognizing there could be a correlation but not taking accountability. Unfortunately we are still facing loosing our pride and joy @ 3 years old. I regret Ever agreeing to that injection and truly hope if anything I have helped save others from making the choice to give their fur baby that shot.
I'm so sorry to hear about your Marv, I know your heart is breaking watching your young baby suffer. I appreciate knowing about this shot, and won't ever be getting it for my dog, who does have seasonal allergies.
 

Puppyloves

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Update please? I have similar situation with my dog

My 7 lb chorkie received the cytopoint shot for allergies, we usually go with apoquel but, this year her itching was really bad. After taking the shot, she started vomitting within 24 hours. Took her to the vet after a couple of days with intermitten vomitting or diarhhea and not eating. She has severe pancreatitis. I told my vet I thought it was the shot, the vet thought so too and reported it as she had another dog get pancreatitis. The company denied that the shot was the cause. I know my dog and I know this occurred right after the shot. Please do not give your dog this shot! I am still dealing with my dog with IV fluids, nausea, diarhhea as well as the anorexia. The company tried to suggest it was her food. My dogs numbers were off the chart according to the vet, very unlikely that it was caused from her food.
Hi, I have a 6yr bischpoo Cowboy who has skin allergies typically managed by apoquel. We switched over to cytopoint last year and had no reactions with that first injection. Jan 31st my dog had a broken tooth pulled. That day they drew labwork cbc and bnp with all values within normal limits.

I came back on 2/13 for follow up on the stitches. My dog was acting normal amd vitals were normal again at that appointment. He healed perfectly. I now stupidly mentioned to vet I would like to get his cytopoint shot because Cowboy was again itching his behind and I didn't want to wait until it was out of control and his skin got broken and infected.

It was marketed as a safer alternative to steroids which he had to use in prior flare ups. So he got cytopoint that day. He was fine that afternoon and next two days. My husband noticed he was getting clingy. Then by the 17th he was not eating anymore only drinking. I thought it might be the shot and started researching. I took him in immediately at 1am when he started panting. He would lay down and then stand up every 2 min in pain.

Vet said it was a back injury that he was tender on palpation exam prescribed pain meds and sent him home. I brought him to his regular vet at 7am, he vomited 3x & still had normal stools. They did labs and his wbc on his cbc was now 24k. Full body xrays all normal. Ultrasound showed severe pancreatitis.

Cowboy now had rectal temp of 102.3 new fever onset. Kept in dog icu there all day- overnight and again today-since still refusing to eat, has loose stool today and needs iv fluids iv antibiotics and pain meds. Still lethargic and weak. What was the outcome of your situation? I need hope.
Thanks.
 

Alpha1

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Hi Puppyloves, welcome! I have no experience with this shot, but I hope Cowboy pulls through this, it sounds very serious. Wishing you the best, please let us know how he's doing.
 


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