May 15th -21st is National Dog Bite Prevention week. This week is dedicated to make people aware that our canine friends only bite as is their last option. Many people, especially children, are unaware of the clues that our 4 legged Fidos give to warn us of their frustration, confusion and sometimes complete terror in a given situation. We need to be aware of these signs and back off. Never use force. Be more patient. More understanding. Make a positive situation out of a bad one. First step is to know the clues. Second is to know the rules. Check out the Canine Ladder of Aggression for body clues you can recognize and then click on the link for situations to avoid (and help children identify to avoid) that can trigger aggressive tendencies.
There is a new drug out that can help even the itchiest of Canines. Apoquel is approved for management of pruritus (itching and scratching cycle) in dogs with allergies and chronic management of dogs with atopic dermatitis. Apoquel blocks interleukin-31 which is a specific inflammatory cytokine that has been associated with itch in dogs. It turns the "itch" off. And so far, according to our patients and clients whose dogs are on it, it's doing a fabulous job at it too. They sleep though the night. No more collars jingling in the dark. No more head rubbing, or butt rubbing on the carpet. Ask Dr. McClain if your allergy prone dog could benefit from Apoquel during his/her allergy season.
Cathy-Licensed Vet tech with 28 year experience.