Cytopoint – for dogs – a critical consideration
There are more and more dogs getting Cytopoint against their supposedly allergic itching
or atopic dermatitis.
After monthly costs up to EUR 160,– per injection, initially immediate itching stop,
however, after a few weeks or months started again and thus only moderate success,
I would like to take a closer look at Cytopoint.
In advance, it is important to know that an allergy is only a symptom.
A symptom of an overflowing immune system.
The reason must be found out, eliminated and put back in order,
then the alleged allergy disappears.
Cytopoint is being referred as a new wonder cure for itching, allergic dogs.
The active ingredient of Cytopoint is an antibody that is specifically targeted against a specific messenger in the body: Interleukin-31.
Interleukin-31 plays a role in inflammatory diseases such as u.a. atopic eczema, asthma, intestinal inflammation and in the sensation of itching.
With Cytopoint, the antibodies connect with IL-31 and capture the messenger so that the itching signal is interrupted and the dog stops scratching.
Cytopoint has to be injected every 4 – 8 weeks by the veterinarian, the costs amount to EUR 80 – 160, – per syringe.
Cytopoint has been authorized in 2017, there are only laboratory studies so far.
Possible side effects of Cytopoint include:
– Facial edema
– hives/ rash
Since Cytopoint uses foreign proteins to enter the body, serious side effects can occur.
Treatment with Cytopoint is merely a symptomatic treatment.
The itching and inflammation are stopped, the reason for this is not treated.
Thus, as with so many medications, it merely tries to cover the symptoms, rather than building the immune system so that the body is healthy and does not have to react.
In addition, now ones knows what additional features the interleukin-31 still has in the body and what consequences may occur, if you turn this off in the long term.
Thus, I can only advise to find the creason of the allergies, to stop them, to rebuild the immune system, so that it is not necessary to use Cytopoint.