Apoquel Users Beware: The Anti-Itch Drug That’s a Nightmare in Disguise

Did you know that allergy and itch issues are the #1 reason pets are seen at the vet?

It’s true. And if you happen to be a pet owner that has a four-legged friend that suffers from allergies, itching and inflammation, you’re all too familiar with the endless vet trips, creams, medications, etc. that go hand-in-hand with this unfortunate problem. And how many times have you resorted to Benadryl? Your pet has likely also been given one of the following diagnoses for the cause:

  • Flea allergy dermatitis
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Food allergy dermatitis
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Sarcoptic mange
  • Demodectic mange

And in 2014, Apoquel comes onto the scene and is initially touted as a miracle drug for itchy dogs. Hooray! But not so fast – isn’t it true that anything deemed a cure-all is usually proven otherwise over time?

How it Works (and Doesn’t)

The immune system is vital to our, and our pets, survival. When we experience an immune event, AKA “cascade”, a series of chemical messages and events occur that help us recover and get back to healthy, much like when we have a virus and our immune system goes to work to help us bounce back. Cytokines are one of the groups of immune messengers at play. These small molecules signal cells to address infection, activate chemicals, etc. In short, they help us heal.

Side Effects

Now, guess what happens to be an immunosuppressant? You called it: Apoquel. Apoquel essentially shuts cytokines down. Now apply this knowledge to your itchy pet. If you’ve given your dog Apoquel, have you noticed any of the following issues?

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • New cutaneous lumps
  • New subcutaneous lumps
  • Increased lipase and cholesterol
  • Pneumonia
  • UTIs
  • Skin infections
  • Ear infections
  • Histiocytomas
  • Increased aggression
  • Development of polydipsia

Here are some of the long-term serious issues that have been reported due to use of the drug, taken from Dogs Naturally Magazine:

  • One dog was euthanized after developing abdominal ascites and pleural effusion of unknown etiology after 450 days of APOQUEL administration.
  • Six dogs were euthanized because of suspected malignant neoplasms.
  • Two dogs each developed a Grade II mast cell tumor after 52 and 91 days.
  • One dog developed low grade B-cell lymphoma after 392 days.
  • Two dogs each developed an apocrine gland adenocarcinoma (one dermal, one anal sac) after approximately 210 and 320 days.
  • One dog developed a low-grade oral spindle cell sarcoma after 320 days.

So Now What?

So, how can you give your itchy pup some relief?


Food allergies don’t end with humans. Sometimes simply changing your dog’s food can make a world of difference for their allergies. Check out our Pet Wellness Assessment Kit to pinpoint your pet’s food intolerances or ask any Barkery team member for advice on what might help make a difference for your dog when stop in!

Bathing Regularly

Regular baths will help to reduce symptoms associated with allergies. And of course, we can definitely help you with this at the Barkery!

Flea Protection

A single flea bite can cause an allergic reaction that will drive your pup insane! We highly recommend trying a natural flea allergy remedy as conventional flea medication has a slew of potential adverse reactions for your pup. Check out our online store for some more natural treatment options.


Animal gut health is also crucial to keeping your pup happy – and hopefully itch-free. Check out our supplement options here.


CBD oil supports pups with sensitive skin – helping them maintain calmer skin. We offer a wide range of CBD oils for dogs – stop in to browse our selection and find out which one will work best!

Now that you’re up to speed on treating your pup’s itchiness with natural remedies instead of a medicine with a dark side, time to get your pup some relief!


Create a Custom Pet Nose Imprint Charm for World Pet Memorial Day

Losing a beloved pet can be one of the most devastating experiences of one’s life.

Having something special to remember your pet by is typically something we don’t consider when our pets are still happy and healthy. So, for World Pet Memorial Day, why not create a keepsake that will last a lifetime?

Pet Nose Print Pendants are a unique way to ensure you have a memory of your four-legged friend that you can wear. These heirloom quality treasures are available in silver or gold and make great gifts that can be worn many different ways. Plus, friends and family will be interested to hear about the story behind the pendant, giving you the opportunity to share precious memories of your best friend with others.

Now through June 30, 2019, you can pick up a Pet Nose Print Pendant kit and save $5!

Here’s how it works:

Stop in to either Brookside Barkery and Bath location (Brookside or Lee’s Summit) to pick yours up today!

$5 off offer expires Sunday, June 30, 2019. 

A Natural Solution for Fleas, Ticks & Mosquitoes

Protecting your pack from fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes is most likely at the top of your list of priorities this summer. Wondercide’s natural flea & tick treatment for dogs, cats, and home is proven to kill, repel, and prevent 98-100% of fleas, ticks and mosquitoes without harmful chemicals, protecting your loved ones smartly and safely.

This  month at the Barkery, ALL Wondercide products are 20% off.

KILLS AND REPELS. A preventative and a treatment, this spray is a natural flea and tick repellent for dogs and cats, as well as a natural flea and tick killer. It effectively kills the full life cycle of fleas, ticks and mosquitoes.

WORKS ON CARPET & FURNITURE. This spray is also a natural indoor flea treatment for home. It kills fleas in carpet, furniture, bedding, and flooring, and eliminates adults, eggs, and larvae in the home without staining.

SAFE FOR DOGS & CATS. Gentle enough to use several times a week on dogs and cats of all ages, yet powerful enough to fully eliminate pests on the skin and provide lasting repellency. Four great scents made from the highest-quality essential oils.

NO HARSH CHEMICALS. This natural spray is a safe, natural alternative to drops, pills and collars. No artificial colors, fragrances or synthetic pesticides. Made in the USA from human food-grade ingredients, and it’s completely safe around children.



Try our NEW Line of Essence Pet Food

We’ve got a lot going on at the Barkery this month! First and foremost, we’re excited to announce the launch of Essence Pet Food, a premium kibble and canned dog & cat food with 85% animal protein ingredients. To celebrate the launch of this protein-packed pet food, we’re giving away a $500 Brookside Barkery Gift Card at each of our stores! If you buy Essence this month, you’ll be entered into our drawing!

  • 1 Large Bag of Dog Food = 3 Entries (plus a FREE Primal Goat Milk or Elixir)
  • 1 Medium Bag of Dog or Cat Food = 2 Entries
  • 1 Small Bag of Dog or Cat Food = 1 Entry
  • 3 Dog Cans = 1 Entry
  • 6 Cat Cans = 1 Entry

In addition to this giveaway, we’ve got a couple other great savings for our pack members.

Wondercide All-Natural Flea & Tick products are 20% off ALL month long!

AND for a limited time only, 3lb bags of Primal Raw Quail Nuggets are buy one, get one free.  If your dog is all “chickened” out, stop in & grab some Primal Quail before they’re all gone! (This offer valid 6/1/19-6/15/19).

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Keeping Your Dog’s Paws Clean and Healthy

How do you keep your dog’s paws clean between baths?

Whether you’re dealing with poor weather, allergies or simply cleaning off any outside irritants, here are some tips to consider.

Soaking Tips

  1. Soaking Station Believe it or not, soaking your dog’s paws is recommended at least once per day, unless your pup wears booties outside. To do this, you can set up a small soak/rinse station outside near an entrance to your home or in a mudroom. Your pup simply walks through the station, then onto a dry towel. If you’d rather use something more innovative, check out the Wild Heart Brushless Dog Paw Wash.
  2. Betadine Dr. Karen Becker uses over-the-counter betadine. Simply combine a couple inches of water with betadine to create an iced tea color, then soak for 2-5 minutes. Rinsing is not necessary, then pat dry.
  3. Keep it Simple Other combinations include:
    • Lemon juice and water
    • Castile soap and water
    • Dog shampoo and water

Wiping Tips

Soaking isn’t for everyone as some dogs correlate the soaking station for the much dread bath time. Using a basic towel or washcloth works just fine – just be sure to get into the crevices of the paws. You can also use disposable paw wipes, but we recommend avoiding the wipes with antibacterial/antifungal wipes because they can create an imbalance in your pup’s natural immune balance. Also, be sure to check out the Barkery’s Soothing Paw Balm.

Moisturize Sparingly

One of the potential side effects of soaking or wiping paws is that the paw pads can become cracked or irritated from the soaking solution, which can allow bacteria or fungi to invade your pup’s system. Your instinct might be to moisturize the pads to battle this effect, but take caution as the crevices between pads are typically pretty moist on their own. If you choose to moisturize, do sparingly and avoid the deep crevices.

If you have questions about the best method to keep your four-legged friend’s paws clean and healthy, stop in to either our Lee’s Summit or Brookside location today!

Get Your Pets Ready for Summer with Our Summer Collection!

With Memorial Day weekend quickly approaching, it’s time to get your four legged friends ready for some fun in the sun – the safe way!

Did you know that dogs need summer gear just like us humans do? It’s true! In fact, sunscreen is very important for pups when out enjoying some sun. Planning a float trip or time on the boat? We’ve got you covered. Here are some great summertime essentials you can pick up or order online from the Barkery now:

Solis Stretchy UV Coverup for Dogs UPF 40+

Keep your best friend safe from the sun with this UV Coverup! With a UPF of 40+ you’ll both be able to let your dog enjoy outdoor summer actiivites with you.

Tidal Life Vest Life Jacket for Dogs

If your canine companion loves water activities, it’s important to keep water safety at the forefront of your mind. The Tidal Life Vest is highly visible and ergonomic, keeping your pup safe and comfortable in and out of the water.

Zephyr Cooling Vest for Dogs

Keep your pooch comfortable on the hottest days of the season! The lightweight material uses evaporative cooling to keep your dog’s temperature safe. The Zephyr Cooling Vest remains lightweight even when wet, allowing your dog to enjoy their summer activities.

Epi-Pet Sun Protector Spray for Dogs

Protect your pup from harmful UV rays. Prolonged exposure to the sun’s rays can cause your dog’s skin to burn, even through his coat. Be sure to pick this up for longer days out in the sun!

Check out our full line of summertime essentials and stock up before you head outside! 

Keep Your Dog Safe During Summer Yard Work

Getting ready to do some yard work this summer? Before getting started, it’s important to be informed of the potential dangers that can poison your dog. From fertilizers to mulch the Barkery is here, with information from Dr. Justine A. Lee, to help you ensure your furry family member is safe during your summer yard work.


The majority of lawn fertilizers contain natural elements that are generally non-toxic (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium), so if your dog eats grass that you’ve applied fertilizer to, it rarely leads to serious poisoning. Although, if your dog ingests fertilizer directly from the bag it can result in more serious problems including seizures and tremors, so it’s important to store them safely.

When selecting a fertilizer for your lawn, it’s important to read all the ingredients in the fertilizer you’re selecting. Some fertilizers may contain iron, carbamates or organophosphates – which can result in more serious, life-threatening symptoms when ingested. Thankfully, these more dangerous types of fertilizer are rarely seen on the market nowadays, but it is better to be safe than sorry!

Organic Fertilizers

Surprisingly, organic fertilizers or “meals” are the most dangerous type of fertilizers. Organic fertilizers are typically “natural” fertilizers that are leftover byproducts including bone meal, blood meal, feather meal and fish meal. When ingested these “meals” can result in vomiting, diarrhea, foreign body obstruction or even severe pancreatitis.


As most people know, chocolate is toxic to dogs. Similarly, cocoa mulch – made out of shells or hulls from the cocoa bean – also contains the toxin, theobromine. Cocoa mulch is very fragrant which makes dogs tempted to ingest it. When ingested, theobromine can cause hyperactivity, increased heart rate, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures and can lead to death in extreme cases. Cedar mulch is a good alternative to cocoa mulch, as it is not toxic to your furry friend.

Keep your dog safe this summer by keeping these poisons out of your yard! If you suspect your dog may have been exposed to poison, contact your veterinarian immediately or, call ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

Source: http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/dog-health/dog-toxins-poisons/fertilizer-and-mulch-dangers-dogs

Something Special for the Dog Mom in Your Life

Are you close with the World’s Best Dog or Cat Mom?

Show her your appreciation this Mother’s Day with a World’s Best Dog or Cat Mom gift box from Brookside Barkery & Bath.

The box includes a beautifully scented Pet House Odor Eliminating Candle, WHIP Body Butter (that just so happens to be great for your skin AND your dog’s skin and coat), and a mini Hari Om CBD Bath Bomb from Brookside Holistic Solutions.

Plus – it’s perfectly packaged and ready to present to the special mom in your life! She’s sure to enjoy this small token of appreciation for all of her hard work and dedication to her furry children.

Order online or visit us in-store to pick up your gift box before they’re all gone!

Calm Your Pet’s Storm Anxiety with CBD

It’s spring storm season. You see the first flash of lightning, hear the first boom of thunder and you instantly know – your faithful, furry friend is going to be terrified. Not only is watching your best friend in terror heartbreaking, giving your dog a “safe” space and rewarding calm behavior with treats can only go so far. Luckily, The Barkery is here to help – with CBD!

Storm anxiety – along with separation anxiety – is one of the most common anxieties found in dogs. Dogs are often more in tune with their environment than us humans are. Because of this, the barometric changes that happen prior to a storm combined with threatening dark skies, booming thunder and even the smell of a storm can lead to extreme anxiety.

There is a big difference between a dog being caught off guard and startled by a thunderclap and a dog suffering from storm anxiety. If you notice your furry family member displaying one or all of the following behaviors during a storm, there is a good chance they are suffering from anxiety:

  • Shaking
  • Whimpering
  • Pacing
  • Panting
  • Hiding
  • Clinging
  • Howling
  • Destructive behavior
  • Loss of appetite

Now that we’ve determined if your dog has storm anxiety or not, you’re probably asking yourself: how does CBD help? CBD blocks the absorption of serotonin in the brain. During this time block, CBD helps produce an elevated level of serotonin in the brain. Ultimately, this leads to reduced fear/anxiety, a calm mind/body and helps your pup function in a normal manner during a storm.

Ready to improve your dog’s quality of life this storm season? Come by either Brookside or Lee’s Summit Barkery location today! A member of our knowledgeable staff will help you select the best CBD product for your pet and have them back to their normal self in no time!

May Special -Tucker’s Raw Frozen

Tucker’s believes a simple carnivore diet offers maximum absorption, so the formulas are extremely simple and limited with 95% meat, bone and organ and only 5% pumpkin. Plus – Tucker’s Raw dog & cat food uses meats that are sourced Human Grade, Human Edible and Federally Inspected, 100% sourced in the USA. Individual vacuum sealed patties offer optimal freshness and ease of handling, taking the “ick factor” out of raw feeding. May is a great time to try Tucker’s Raw Diets from Brookside Barkery, with:

  • $5 off 6lb dog frozen
  • $3 off 3lb dog frozen
  • $3  off 24oz cat frozen
  • $2 off 8oz cat frozen
  • $1 off all raw bones

This promotion only lasts through the end of May! Stop in & talk to a nutrition specialist to see what benefits Tucker’s can have for your pet.