Tierce is getting into a bad way – it took longer this time, but we’re starting to see raw patches where he’s getting past the cone and the shirt. I know it doesn’t do any good, but I’m still kicking myself for having him given the 3 year rabies shot. I firmly believe it knocked his immune system all to hell.
From the website –
As with all drugs, side effects may occur. In a field study, the most common side effects were gastrointestinal signs. Gingival hyperplasia and papillomas may also occur during the initial dosing phase. ATOPICA is not for use in dogs with a history of malignant neoplasia, or with a demonstrated hypersensitivity to Cyclosporine A.
Gastrointestinal signs are right. Tierce barfs up that pill at the slightest provocation. It’s gotten to the point where he gets at least 2 full pills of Apo-Metaclop to counteract it – the normal dosage needed being 1/2 a pill an hour before the Atopica. We’re hoping that the nausea will abate with regular application of the Atopica. Especially when the pills cost $4 each ($58 for 15). Guess what, Tierce. YOU’RE FUCKING EATING THEM!
First we have to give him the small pills. That’s easy – it just takes a piece of bread with the pill squished inside. But the Atopica takes a lot of cheese to slide it down his throat. Half the time he figures it out and does a tongue roll worthy of a hooker tying a knot in a maraschino cherry to swipe the cheese off the pill so he can spit the pill out on the floor. We have persevered so far, but it is an uphill battle. Right now, we’re on Day 5 of pill giving. It took a week and a half or so last time for the pills to have an effect on him and I just. can’t. wait.
I’ll admit that I feel a bit let down. I was hoping that the reaction to the rabies vaccine was the only problem he was going to have with allergies, but we could be looking at Atopica for the long term, at least during the summer months.