My dog died a painful agonizing death after getting Cytopoint injection.

Alpha1

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Your dog was very handsome Suzan, condolences for your loss, I can't even imagine how you're feeling. I made sure my husband knew about the dangers of this shot, so our dog is never permitted to take it from any vet. Thanks for sharing your experience....very sad.

 

Mandylaw

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I lost my 10 year old dog today. After receiving his 5th cytopoint injection.
Suddenly became sick, diagnosed with autoimmune disease. I left him at the vet overnight for blood transfusion. I visited him today and he was almost gone. The transfusion unfortunately did not help and he has to be laid to rest. I wish I had read about the horror stories sooner about Cytoppint and I hope this can save someone elses pet.
 

Alpha1

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I lost my 10 year old dog today. After receiving his 5th cytopoint injection.
Suddenly became sick, diagnosed with autoimmune disease. I left him at the vet overnight for blood transfusion. I visited him today and he was almost gone. The transfusion unfortunately did not help and he has to be laid to rest. I wish I had read about the horror stories sooner about Cytoppint and I hope this can save someone elses pet.
So sorry for your loss Mandy. :(
 

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Suzan and Mandy, I send you both my heartfelt condolences. I feel for you. I hadn't heard of Cytopoint, so resorted to search engines. Apart from numerous mentions of the manufacturer and claims that Cytopoint has been tested and allegedly "found safe in tests with beagles".....the main independent assessments of its safety are on this forum. So, Suzan and Mandy, let us hope that the suffering of your beloved dogs has not been in vain, thanks to this wonderful forum! I hope that this page will be often consulted, so that the caretakers of dogs will be forewarned of the obvious dangers.
 
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DaleneA

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I lost my 10 year old dog today. After receiving his 5th cytopoint injection.
Suddenly became sick, diagnosed with autoimmune disease. I left him at the vet overnight for blood transfusion. I visited him today and he was almost gone. The transfusion unfortunately did not help and he has to be laid to rest. I wish I had read about the horror stories sooner about Cytoppint and I hope this can save someone elses pet.
Suzanne I just severed the exact same laws as well as timeline. My boxer was nine years old and up around her hip shot suddenly developed an immunity. I suspect side of points despite how good it was for her allergies. It is really important to contact the manufacturer and provide marketing experience
Suzan and Mandy, I send you both my heartfelt condolences. I feel for you. I hadn't heard of Cytopoint, so resorted to search engines. Apart from numerous mentions of the manufacturer and claims that Cytopoint has been tested and allegedly "found safe in tests with beagles".....the main independent assessments of its safety are on this forum. So, Suzan and Mandy, let us hope that the suffering of your beloved dogs has not been in vain, thanks to this wonderful forum! I hope that this page will be often consulted, so that the caretakers of dogs will be forewarned of the obvious dangers.
I just experienced the same loss. On her fourth or fifth. It did wonders for her allergies, but she suddenly succumbed to auto immune disease as well. Please! Anyone who has this ...or any other negative experience, you MUST report to the manufacturer. They may not have seen these side effects in their clinical trials. But often, new issues become apparent after more animals are exposed. I am heartbroken, and will report so others will be spared if Cytopoint is the cause.
Dalene
 

CatMom1994

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Many dogs that do survive suffer as long as they get the shots. Some people say they were afraid their dogs were going to die because of this. All I can think while reading these horror stories (especially the ones that end with dogs dying) are, "Why did the FDA approve Cytopoint?" and, "Why is it still on the market?" If it happened to me I would have filed a class-action lawsuit against Zoetis.
 

DAISYRIP

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Mothers dog Daisy just past away today 10/8/2020 around 2:00pm after recieving her first shot of Cytopoint round 1pm
 

Jmcmick

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Hi, can those of you that have experienced IMHA due to the Cytopoint injection please help me and share your experience? Our sweet dog, Max, had his third Cytopoint injection three weeks ago and is now in the ICU having a blood transfusion due to IMHA.

Last week (2 weeks after the injection) he started acting lethargic, no appetite, no enjoyment in any of his usual actives... I took him to the vet on Friday and they thought he had IMHA and wanted me to bring him back in a week for a re-check.. On Tuesday he seemed worse so I took him to another vet for a 2nd opinion, they confirmed the IMHA and had him administered to an emergency clinic for a blood transfusion.

He had the transfusion last night/this morning and even though his red blood cell numbers have dropped since the transfusion a couple hours ago, they are still in the healthy amount (for now). I've been reading a lot online the last few nights and noticed that others have gone through similar situations following Cytopoint.

I'm so sad and angry and wish I had read more about Cytopoint and that we had never given him this shot. For those that have experienced this, can you please help and let me know if you have any recommendations and what to expect. I'm hopeful since his numbers are good right now, but don't know if other dogs experienced the same and then crashed (and needed another transfusion) or died shortly after. Thank you SOOO much in advance. brsommer@aol.com
btw... our vet filed a claim yesterday with Cytopoint and they said they aren't aware of their drug causing IMHA but would pay $3k in vet bills. That made me even more furious..... why would you offer to pay vet bills if your drug isn't responsible.
My dog is going through something very similar after taking the 2nd Cytopoint injection. How is your dog doing now?
 

Sacamero

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My dog Winston, a large golden retriever poodle mix (Goldendoodle) died in 2017 and I blame the Cytopoint injection. He suffered from severe allergies for at least 6 years ( I adopted him at age 5 age but he probably had the allergies all his life). I spent thousands over the years on every treatment imaginable but couldn't make much difference. The veterinary dermatologist suggested Cytopoint as an option. The drug was brand new on the market at the time (September 2017) and he said he had some luck with it (25% of cases saw improvement). We figured it was worth a shot since Winston was 11 and nothing else worked. I just wanted to make him comfortable in his senior years.

Right away he started slowing down and didn't have the energy for walks. It turned out he had developed a severe case of Immune-mediated Thrombocytopenia (ITP) and anemia. He had to be hospitalized a bunch of times, plus incredibly expensive medications and weekly blood tests to keep track of his platelet and red blood cell count. A scan showed a lump on his spleen which I was told was likely a type of tumour that causes ITP as a secondary disease (can't remember the type of tumour now). I consulted a veterinarian oncologist who suggested we try a shot of chemo that would suppress his immune system so it wouldn't attack his blood. That worked, for a few short weeks I got my buddy back as his platelet and red blood cell count rose back to normal range. But that was short-lived because during that time I opted for surgery to have his spleen removed. After all of this was said and done the lumps on his spleen were benign. He never had that tumour and the surgery (and his suffering) was for nothing. We continued immunotherapy treatment and medications for another month to see if things improved. We didn't find any other cause for the ITP. He started to really deteriorate again in December. The drugs no longer seemed to be helping. And I had resigned myself to the fact that I would be losing him sooner than later.

On December 18, 2017, my then-boyfriend called me at work and told me he thinks I need to come home because Winston was breathing funny. When I got home he seemed to perk up, he even, sort of, almost chased a squirrel in the back yard. I considered taking him to the vet anyway but my boyfriend at the time insisted that the last thing he needed was to be dragged back into another clinic. I had a home appointment with a hospice vet the next morning anyway and so decided to wait for her as he seemed stable. The plan was that she was going to do a quality of life assessment and help us figure out how to provide palliative care and how to know when it was time... so we decided to wait for her to come as he seemed ok. We went to bed. When I got up in the morning Winston was on the floor panting for air pretty hard and couldn't get up. I felt so helpless as I waited for the vet to arrive. I couldn't stop crying. When the vet arrived she said there's nothing that can be done. His abdominal cavity was filling with blood and he couldn't breathe. She euthanized him immediately to end his suffering. I was absolutely hysterical. Nothing could have prepared me for this moment. He never should have died like that. Three years later I am still haunted by the experience. I blame myself for not bringing him in the night before, I blame myself for going to bed and not staying up with him, I blame myself for agreeing to give him a shot that was so new on the market. I blame myself for his suffering and for dragging him through the pain and suffering of his last few months of life when I should have let him go sooner. I will never forget how helpless I felt as I lay on the floor with him as he was gasping for air. And now I blame myself for telling his story everywhere on the internet so others could learn from this tragedy.

I lost so much through this experience. I have grieved for years and suffered depression, I had to take so much time off work my colleagues were frustrated with me. I went $15K in debt for all his hospital stays, tests, treatments, medications and surgeries. I would spend so much more than that if it meant I go back and change what happened.

Winston was the absolute sweetest, kindest and gentlest dog to ever live. He lived to love and be loved. He had the most soulful eyes, softest fur and the most boopable nose in all the land. He brought joy to everyone who met him. He didn't deserve to suffer like that. He deserved so much better.
 

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Sacamero

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My dog Winston, a large golden retriever poodle mix (Goldendoodle) died in 2017 and I blame the Cytopoint injection. He suffered from severe allergies for at least 6 years ( I adopted him at age 5 age but he probably had the allergies all his life). I spent thousands over the years on every treatment imaginable but couldn't make much difference. The veterinary dermatologist suggested Cytopoint as an option. The drug was brand new on the market at the time (September 2017) and he said he had some luck with it (25% of cases saw improvement). We figured it was worth a shot since Winston was 11 and nothing else worked. I just wanted to make him comfortable in his senior years.

Right away he started slowing down and didn't have the energy for walks. It turned out he had developed a severe case of Immune-mediated Thrombocytopenia (ITP) and anemia. He had to be hospitalized a bunch of times, plus incredibly expensive medications and weekly blood tests to keep track of his platelet and red blood cell count. A scan showed a lump on his spleen which I was told was likely a type of tumour that causes ITP as a secondary disease (can't remember the type of tumour now). I consulted a veterinarian oncologist who suggested we try a shot of chemo that would suppress his immune system so it wouldn't attack his blood. That worked, for a few short weeks I got my buddy back as his platelet and red blood cell count rose back to normal range. But that was short-lived because during that time I opted for surgery to have his spleen removed. After all of this was said and done the lumps on his spleen were benign. He never had that tumour and the surgery (and his suffering) was for nothing. We continued immunotherapy treatment and medications for another month to see if things improved. We didn't find any other cause for the ITP. He started to really deteriorate again in December. The drugs no longer seemed to be helping. And I had resigned myself to the fact that I would be losing him sooner than later.

On December 18, 2017, my then-boyfriend called me at work and told me he thinks I need to come home because Winston was breathing funny. When I got home he seemed to perk up, he even, sort of, almost chased a squirrel in the back yard. I considered taking him to the vet anyway but my boyfriend at the time insisted that the last thing he needed was to be dragged back into another clinic. I had a home appointment with a hospice vet the next morning anyway and so decided to wait for her as he seemed stable. The plan was that she was going to do a quality of life assessment and help us figure out how to provide palliative care and how to know when it was time... so we decided to wait for her to come as he seemed ok. We went to bed. When I got up in the morning Winston was on the floor panting for air pretty hard and couldn't get up. I felt so helpless as I waited for the vet to arrive. I couldn't stop crying. When the vet arrived she said there's nothing that can be done. His abdominal cavity was filling with blood and he couldn't breathe. She euthanized him immediately to end his suffering. I was absolutely hysterical. Nothing could have prepared me for this moment. He never should have died like that. Three years later I am still haunted by the experience. I blame myself for not bringing him in the night before, I blame myself for going to bed and not staying up with him, I blame myself for agreeing to give him a shot that was so new on the market. I blame myself for his suffering and for dragging him through the pain and suffering of his last few months of life when I should have let him go sooner. I will never forget how helpless I felt as I lay on the floor with him as he was gasping for air. And now I blame myself for telling his story everywhere on the internet so others could learn from this tragedy.

I lost so much through this experience. I have grieved for years and suffered depression, I had to take so much time off work my colleagues were frustrated with me. I went $15K in debt for all his hospital stays, tests, treatments, medications and surgeries. I would spend so much more than that if it meant I go back and change what happened.

Winston was the absolute sweetest, kindest and gentlest dog to ever live. He lived to love and be loved. He had the most soulful eyes, softest fur and the most boopable nose in all the land. He brought joy to everyone who met him. He didn't deserve to suffer like that. He deserved so much better.
I should add that the company was contacted and they indicated that they weren't aware of this problem as a side effect but opted to pay $500 of his vet bill from one of his earlier hospital stays. That is all I got from them. The vets all told me we couldn't prove that the drug caused the disease and my boyfriend at the time said it was pointless to try so I dropped it.
 

Starshine

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Wow this is really scary.... I was ready to give my dog a second injection of this. She just got it on February 2. It is February 17 today and she's already itching and red skin again. I thought it said 4-8 week relief. I called my vet and he said just give her another shot. The dermatologist and allergy specialist has appointments only available in March. I don't want to wait and let her skin get as bad as it was before. But I definitely will not do another cytopoint.

I will call around for a specialist even if we have to travel.

She is only 5 months old.

What else do you guys do for your pets to help manage allergies? Which testing is best?

Oh man I just wish I could take the injection out of her little body now :(
 


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