Why is Apoquel not working?

Answered by Willie Powers

There can be several reasons why Apoquel may not be working effectively for a pet. It is important to consider these factors and consult with a veterinarian to determine the best course of action.

1. Underlying Health Issues: Apoquel is primarily used to treat allergic skin conditions in pets, such as allergies and atopic dermatitis. However, if there are other underlying health issues contributing to the skin problems, such as infections or hormonal imbalances, Apoquel may not be sufficient in providing relief. In such cases, additional treatments or medications may be necessary.

2. Incorrect Diagnosis: Sometimes, the initial diagnosis of the skin condition may not be accurate. This can lead to ineffective treatment with Apoquel. It is crucial to have a thorough examination and diagnostic workup by a veterinarian to ensure the correct diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan.

3. Inadequate Dosage or Duration: Apoquel should be given at the appropriate dosage and for the recommended duration. If the dosage is too low or not given consistently, it may not effectively control the symptoms. Similarly, if the treatment duration is not followed as prescribed, the pet may not experience the full benefits of the medication.

4. Resistance or Tolerance: In some cases, pets may develop resistance or tolerance to Apoquel over time. This can happen if the medication is used for an extended period or if the pet’s immune system adapts to the drug. If this occurs, alternative treatment options may need to be considered.

5. Environmental Factors: Allergic reactions can be triggered by various environmental factors, such as pollen, dust mites, or certain foods. If these triggers are not identified and addressed, Apoquel may not provide complete relief. It is important to work with a veterinarian to identify and minimize exposure to these allergens.

6. Concurrent Medications: Some medications can interact with Apoquel, potentially reducing its effectiveness. It is important to disclose all medications, including over-the-counter supplements, that the pet is currently taking to the veterinarian to ensure there are no potential interactions.

7. Individual Variations: Just like with any medication, individual variations can play a role in the effectiveness of Apoquel. While most pets experience significant relief within a few days, there may be cases where a particular pet does not respond as expected. In such cases, alternative treatment options may need to be explored.

If Apoquel is not providing the desired relief for a pet, it is essential to consult with a veterinarian. They can reassess the pet’s condition, review the treatment plan, and recommend any necessary adjustments or alternative treatments to ensure the pet’s comfort and well-being.