Has anyone used Cytopoint for itching pugs?
Hi! My 5-year old pug, Zanna, itches all of the time. It's especially bad when she wakes from sleeping or napping. She scratches her face, her ears, her feet, and her butt. Over the years, we've tried antihistmines, and dramatic food changes. Nothing has helped. About a year ago, we moved cross-country and from the suburbs to a city high-rise. Still no change. Finally the vet didn't know what else to try, so 2 days ago, I took Zanna to a dog dermatologist. The dermatologist found a yeast infection in her ears, despite my cleaning them once a week and using drops. But that was the only issue she noted. We talked about possible allergy testing and allergy shots. We talked about alternatives to antihistamines for treating symptoms, and she recommended Cytopoint. I did quick research and the only noted symptoms were GI issues. So Zanna had the shot and we came home.
She was itchy as usual, and was otherwise normal that night. Late the next morning, she had a soft stool. I went out from noon to 4:00pm and when I came home, she was sluggish and trembling every few seconds.
Some quick online research didn't find any Cytopoint-related symptoms for trembling. I called the dog determatologist office, and they have never seen the symptom in the hundreds of dogs they had treated with Cytopoint. So I watched her for an hour and took her to the vet clinic. Here were her symptoms:
- Loss of appetite - She sniffed a treat and ignored it. This has NEVER happened.
- Eye mucus - Easily double the normal eye "boogers"
- Droopy tail
The symptoms appeared right around 23 hours after the Cytopoint shot.
I had to carry her to vet because she wouldn't walk. She just stood there with her tail drooped. The vet said that dogs tremble when they're in pain and asked if she had an inujury. She had not. The vet examined her and couldn't find any problems with her back, hips, neck, or stomach. Basically, the vet had no idea what was wrong with her. Her best guess was that the site of the shot caused Zanna pain. (Maybe like a flu shot makes your arm hurt for hours.) She sent me home with a painkiller.
At home, I gave Zanna the painkiller in a pill pocket, which she sniffed twice before finally eating. An hour or so later, she stopped trembling and was able to eat dinner. At bedtime, I put a blanket on the bed and let Zanna sleep with me. Toby opted to sleep in his crate with the door open. She didn't have any problems during the night and eventually moved to the bottom of the bed instead of snuggling with me.
This morning, she's trembling again, so I'm giving her another painkiller.
My question - has anyone used Cytopoint to treat an itching pug? If so, did you have any of the side effects mentioned above? And if so, did it get better with the 2nd and 3rd dose? I need to decide whether to continue the treatment. It's only been about 40 hours since the shot, so I don't know how effective it is yet. She hasn't been itching, but she hasn't been doing much of anything.