CYTOPOINT IS AVAILABLE AT EMERALD CITY ANIMAL HOSPITAL
What is canine atopic dermatitis?
Canine atopic dermatitis (ay-TOP-ick dur-ma-TIE-tiss) is a common allergic skin disease,1affecting almost 10% of dogs worldwide. It may be caused by genes that make your dog more likely to have a strong reaction when exposed to allergens.
Like human allergies, it can be triggered by pollens or molds during certain seasons, or by dust mites or other allergens in the environment.
Over time, atopic dermatitis can worsen and become a serious health issue. Your dog’s skin can become extremely itchy, red, scaly and irritated. If your dog is not treated, there is a risk of hair loss, skin infections and ear infections.3
Dogs with atopic dermatitis may lose interest in playing or wake their owners in the night with sounds of licking, chewing and scratching.
This constant itching and scratching can have a negative effect on the daily life and happiness of your dog—and even on your dog’s relationship with you and your family.
Atopic dermatitis is a life-long condition, but with help from your veterinarian, the itching can be controlled so your dog and you can enjoy doing the things you love again.
How does CYTOPOINT help reduce itch and allow damaged skin to heal?
CYTOPOINT is different from traditional drugs that treat itch. It is a biological therapy—a type of non-pharmaceutical treatment that works like your dog’s immune system. CYTOPOINT contains engineered antibodies very similar to natural dog antibodies. Antibodies are what an animal’s immune system uses to defend the body against infection or disease.
In this case, the antibodies in CYTOPOINT have been designed to specifically target and neutralize one of the main proteins that sends itch signals to your dog’s brain.5 This helps reduce scratching so the skin has a chance to heal.
CYTOPOINT is an injection that is administered by us subcutaneously (under the skin) to your dog once every 4 to 8 weeks, as needed. In studies, after one injection, CYTOPOINT started controlling itch within 1 day, and kept itch controlled for a month or longer. CYTOPOINT also helped damaged skin begin to heal within 7 days.
Is CYTOPOINT safe?
In a clinical study, dogs receiving CYTOPOINT injections had no more side effects than dogs who received placebo injections (injections with no treatment at all). CYTOPOINT is safe to use in dogs of any age, and can be used with many other commonly used medications and in dogs with other diseases.
Because CYTOPOINT is a biological therapy and not a drug, it is naturally broken down and recycled by the body. It is not eliminated from the body via the liver or kidneys like most pharmaceutical drug products. This is one of the reasons CYTOPOINT can be a safe choice for your dog.
CYTOPOINT™ can help control itch and bring back the fun in life1
CYTOPOINT is an innovative new therapy that targets itch at its source to help relieve the signs of atopic dermatitis in dogs for a month or longer with a single injection.
CYTOPOINT is prescribed to help reduce scratching, chewing, licking and biting at the skin. When the itch is controlled, the damaged skin can heal, so that you and your dog have a chance to enjoy the fun things in life again.