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Frequently asked questions about CYTOPOINT®

  • If you notice your dog is constantly scratching, licking, or chewing, it could be due to atopic 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 environmental allergic itch and discuss appropriate treatment. Learn more.

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

    CYTOPOINT is not like traditional pharmaceutical treatments for atopic dermatitis. This biological medication is a protein, not a drug, that works like your dog’s own immune system to block the signals that trigger environmental 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 environmental allergic dog itch. It blocks the protein that sends signals that trigger itch, so the constant scratching can stop. In studies, after one injection, CYTOPOINT started controlling itch within 1 day and provided relief. CYTOPOINT has also been shown to help damaged skin begin to heal within 7 days.1 See the cycle of environmental 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 seasonally. You and your veterinarian should decide together what is best for your dog’s specific situation.

  • Just one CYTOPOINT injection starts controlling environmental 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 drug-based treatment, it does not put pressure on the liver and kidneys.

    As with any other treatment, it is good medical practice for the veterinarian to make an appropriate risk/benefit assessment for each individual patient when considering CYTOPOINT. Please contact your veterinarian if you would like to know more information or have questions about any potential adverse effects for CYTOPOINT.

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

References: 1. Company Data – Study 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. Company Data – Study Report No. C961R-US-13-051, Zoetis Inc.