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REMINDERS Veterinary Professionals

Frequently asked questions about CYTOPOINT®

  • If you notice your dog is constantly scratching, licking, and rubbing, it could be due to allergic dermatitis, a medical condition requiring professional treatment. Just like people, dogs can be allergic to common substances in the environment, such as grass and tree pollen, mold, and dust mites. Dogs may also be allergic to fleas, carpets, insecticides, and even ingredients in shampoos. These allergens can trigger itch and the cycle begins. It is important to make an appointment with your veterinarian to determine the cause of your dog’s allergic itch and discuss appropriate treatment. Learn more:

  • CYTOPOINT is specifically designed to target your dog’s allergic itch at the source. It is an injection that controls allergic dog itch for 4-8 weeks.*1

    CYTOPOINT is not like traditional pharmaceutical treatments for allergic itch. It is a biological medication (a protein, not a chemical) that works like your dog’s own immune system to block the signals that trigger allergic itch.2,3

  • CYTOPOINT is available at your veterinarian’s office. It is an injection that is safely delivered right in the office for comfort, convenience and peace of mind.

  • CYTOPOINT works like your dog’s own immune system to relieve allergic dog itch. It blocks the protein that sends signals that trigger allergic itch, so the constant scratching can stop, and the red, irritated skin can heal. In fact, CYTOPOINT has been shown to help damaged skin begin to heal within 7 days.1 See the cycle of allergic itch and how CYTOPOINT helps:

  • Some dogs have year-round disease and may need continuous treatment with CYTOPOINT, whereas other dogs may only need CYTOPOINT when itch flares during allergy season. You and your veterinarian should decide together what is best for your dog’s specific situation.

  • Just one CYTOPOINT injection starts controlling allergic itch within one day and provides relief that lasts for 4 to 8 weeks.*1  That means your dog may be able to go as long as 8 weeks between injections.1

  • A clinical study showed dogs receiving CYTOPOINT had no more side effects than dogs receiving placebo (injections without medication).4 Some of the most common side effects reported with both CYTOPOINT and placebo were dermatitis and bacterial skin infection.4 And since CYTOPOINT is not a chemical-based treatment, it does not put pressure on the liver and kidneys.

*Repeat administration every 4 to 8 weeks as needed in the individual patient.1

References: 1. Data on file, Study Report No. C863R-US-12-018, Zoetis Inc. 2. Gonzales AJ, Humphrey WR, Messamore JE, et al. Interleukin-31: its role in canine pruritus and naturally occurring canine atopic dermatitis. Vet Dermatol. 2013;24(1):48-53. doi:10.1111/j.136S-3164.2012.01098.x. 3. Olivry T, Bäumer W. Atopic itch in dogs: pharmacology and modeling. In: Cowan A, Yosipovitch G, eds. Pharmacology of Itch, Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology. 2015:357-369. 4. Data on file, Study Report No. C961R-US-13-051, Zoetis Inc.