How Much Does a Cytopoint Injection Cost?

Last Updated on January 31, 2024
Written by CPA Alec Pow | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popinker

Cytopoint injections can provide much-needed relief for dogs suffering from allergies and itchiness. But how much does this treatment cost? This article will break down the typical pricing, factors affecting cost, benefits, and procedure of Cytopoint shots for managing canine allergies.

How Much Does a Cytopoint Injection Cost?

On average, the cost of Cytopoint injections ranges from $100 to $300 per dose. Most dogs need shots every 4-8 weeks during allergy season. Some clinics charge per injection, while others price Cytopoint by the dose or bottle.

Expect to spend $300-900 on Cytopoint per year to treat seasonal allergies. Dogs with year-round symptoms may require injections every 4 weeks, costing $1,200-$3,600 annually. Severe cases can exceed $5,000 per year.

Reddit discussions mention that the prices for Cytopoint injections can range from $50 to $306.53, depending on the vet and the size of the dog.

Kingsdale Animal Hospital reports that on average, a single Cytopoint injection can cost around $50-$200.

PetVM.com lists the prices for Cytopoint for dogs, with 10mg vials costing $48.38, 20mg vials costing $63.31, 30mg vials costing $68.96, and 40mg vials costing $74.61.

Costs vary depending on your veterinarian, location, dosage prescribed, and dog’s weight. Larger dogs need more Cytopoint, driving up the price. Shop around, as prices can differ dramatically between vets.

What is Cytopoint?

Cytopoint is an injectable medication used to treat atopic dermatitis, allergic reactions, and itchiness in dogs. It contains monoclonal antibodies that block itch-inducing signals in the body, providing fast relief from allergy symptoms.

Unlike antihistamines, Cytopoint contains active ingredients that target the itch response directly instead of suppressing the immune system. Effects begin within 24 hours and last 4-8 weeks.

Cytopoint is only available through veterinary prescription. It comes in two doses based on the dog’s weight – either 10 mg or 20 mg. The injections are given just under the skin like other vaccines.

Cost Factors for Cytopoint Injections

Several factors impact the cost of Cytopoint injections:

  • Dosage – The dose required depends on the dog’s weight. Larger doses cost more.
  • Veterinarian pricing – Some vets charge 2-3x others for the same treatment. Compare prices.
  • Location – Urban vets tend to charge more than rural ones for shots.
  • Frequency of injections – Dogs needing shots every 4 weeks have higher annual costs.
  • Clinic vs. online – Buying directly from veterinary clinics is more expensive than online pharmacies.
  • Severity of allergies – Dogs with year-round or severe symptoms need more frequent injections.
  • Dog’s weight – The dose is weight-dependent, so heavier dogs require more Cytopoint.

Ask your vet for ways to reduce the dosage per administration or frequency to control costs. Buying the medicine in bulk from an online pharmacy can also lower the price per injection.

Benefits of Cytopoint for Canine Allergies

Cytopoint injections for dogs offer significant benefits for managing allergies in dogs:

  • Fast relief – Dogs get relief from itching and inflammation within 24 hours.
  • Fewer side effects – Cytopoint has minimal side effects compared to antihistamines.
  • Convenience – Injections provide 1-2 months of relief with a single vet visit.
  • Improved quality of life – Dogs scratch and lick less, allowing skin to heal.
  • Natural behavior – More comfortable dogs are happier, more playful, and energetic.
  • No immunosuppression – Cytopoint doesn’t weaken the immune system long-term.
  • Customizable dosing – Vets can adjust the dose and frequency to the dog’s needs.

For most dogs, Cytopoint greatly reduces the misery of constant itching and allows the healing of damaged skin. The benefits outweigh the injection cost for many pet owners.

The procedure of Administering Cytopoint

Cytopoint Injection

The procedure for administering Cytopoint injections is quick and uncomplicated:

  1. No anesthetic is required. The vet or technician will clip some fur from the dog’s shoulders or neck if long-haired.
  2. The injection site is cleaned with alcohol to disinfect.
  3. The prescribed dose of Cytopoint is drawn up in a needle and syringe.
  4. The needle is inserted under the skin at the shoulder or neck, similar to any vaccine.
  5. Cytopoint is administered via the injection within 30-60 seconds.
  6. The dog is monitored for any reactions before being cleared to go home.

The injection procedure takes only 2-3 minutes from prep to completion. Some soreness may occur at the injection site but most dogs show no side effects. It’s fast, convenient care to get months of allergy relief.

Comparing Cytopoint with Other Allergy Treatments

How does Cytopoint compare to other options for controlling allergies in dogs?

  • Antihistamines – Affordable but only provide mild relief. The cost is $15-$50 per month. Given daily.
  • Apoquel – Daily chewable tablet costing $90-$150 monthly. May suppress the immune system.
  • Allergy shots – Weekly shots costing up to $200 monthly. Multi-year treatment plan. Gradual results.
  • Cytopoint – $100-$300 every 4-8 weeks. Few side effects. Fast relief lasting weeks.

For most pet owners, Cytopoint provides the best balance of safety, effectiveness, and convenience compared to other allergy treatment options. It brings fast relief at a reasonable cost.

Insurance and Cost Assistance

The cost of Cytopoint injections and allergy treatment can add up. Here are some ways to manage the financial burden:

  • Pet insurance – Most plans cover shots and medications with affordable co-pays. This greatly reduces out-of-pocket costs for Cytopoint.
  • Wellness plans – Some veterinarians offer wellness plans that bundle services like Cytopoint at a discount.
  • Manufacturer rebates – Zoetis, the maker of Cytopoint, offers rebates to assist qualifying applicants with costs.
  • Online pharmacies – Buying directly from veterinary pharmacies is cheaper than getting shots at the vet. Look for coupon codes too.
  • Generic Cytopoint – A generic version of Cytopoint is now available at lower cost. Ask your vet about prescribing it.
  • Payment plans – Your vet may offer payment installment plans for treatment costs. Apply for third-party financing if not.

With planning and budgeting, Cytopoint injections can work within limited incomes. Pet health is worth the investment.

You might also like our articles about the cost of dog vaccination, dog deworming, or DHLPP vaccination.

Long-Term Considerations and Care

Cytopoint provides lasting relief from allergies, but dogs may still need ongoing care:

  • Annual exams – Your vet will monitor for side effects and test for new allergies. Bloodwork helps customize dosing.
  • Avoiding triggers – Keep your home and yard free of things that aggravate allergies. This lessens itching between shots.
  • Supplements – Omega oils, probiotics, and vitamin supplements support skin and coat health.
  • Topical therapy – Baths, antimicrobials, and lotions can benefit dogs with skin infections.
  • Diet – Some dogs do better on hydrolyzed protein or novel protein dog foods. An elimination diet trial helps determine food allergies.

With long-term therapy, your vet can optimize Cytopoint dosage intervals, provide supportive care, and identify any new triggers. This provides your dog the best relief with fewer injections.

  • Consider other treatment options – Although effective, Cytopoint may not be the best long-term treatment option for every dog. Discuss alternatives like Apoquel, or immunotherapy allergy shots with your vet.
  • Monitor for side effects – Rarely, Cytopoint can cause vomiting, diarrhea or facial swelling. Contact your vet if you notice anything unusual.
  • Make lifestyle changes – Avoiding allergy triggers, changing dog foods, and managing environmental allergens can reduce dependency on Cytopoint over time.

Spending Less on Cytopoint Injections

There are ways to reduce the cost of Cytopoint for long-term allergy treatment:

  • Buy in bulk – Purchasing multiple doses at once yields significant savings over single injections. Shop around between veterinary clinics for bulk pricing.
  • Use manufacturer rebates – Zoetis offers rebates on 6 doses of Cytopoint for allergic dogs. Sign up online for the Pet Owner Assistance Program.
  • Choose generic lokivetmab – The FDA recently approved generic lokivetmab, which can lower costs 20-30% over brand name Cytopoint.
  • Extend intervals between injections – If symptoms allow, go 6 weeks between shots instead of 4 to save on doses.
  • Compare vet vs. online prices – Online veterinary pharmacies offer Cytopoint for much less than most clinics. Use reputable verified sources.
  • Use insurance wisely – Get quotes comparing plans. Some cover Cytopoint better than others. Use pre-tax savings accounts for care costs.
  • Rule out food allergies – Dogs with food allergies may need fewer Cytopoint injections when diet is controlled. Do an elimination trial.
  • Ask about financial assistance – If cost prohibits needed care, be upfront with your vet. There may be affordable payment options available.

With some savvy shopping and planning, Cytopoint injections can work within most pet care budgets. Your dog’s health and comfort are worth the investment.

Final Words

Cytopoint provides fast-acting allergy relief for dogs that can greatly improve their quality of life. While expensive, costing $100-$300 per injection, most pet owners find it worthwhile for 4-8 weeks of freedom from incessant itching and skin infections.

The price is reasonable compared to other veterinary medications. With insurance, online discounts, payment plans, and buying generic, Cytopoint can work within many pet care budgets. For dogs with severe allergies, the benefits of treatment outweigh the injection costs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Buy Cytopoint Myself?

Cytopoint is a prescription medication that can only be obtained directly from a licensed veterinarian. Pet owners cannot purchase it over-the-counter or administer it without guidance from a vet. Your veterinarian will examine your dog, recommend an appropriate dosage and frequency, and provide the injections.

Some online pharmacies with veterinary approval can fill Cytopoint prescriptions, but a valid prescription from your vet is still required. Do not try to buy Cytopoint without a prescription or administer it without veterinary supervision, as incorrect dosing can harm your dog. Work with your vet for the safest, most affordable access to this medication.

Is Cytopoint Better Than Apoquel?

There is no definitive “better” option between Cytopoint and Apoquel for dog allergies. The choice depends on your individual dog’s needs and response. Key differences:

  • Cytopoint provides longer-lasting relief (4-8 weeks vs. 24 hours) with injections every 1-2 months. Apoquel must be given daily.
  • Cytopoint costs more upfront but less over time than daily Apoquel tablets.
  • Apoquel controls a broader range of allergic symptoms while Cytopoint specifically targets itchiness.
  • Cytopoint has minimal side effects while Apoquel can suppress the immune system.

Your vet can help determine if your dog is a better candidate for short-term fast relief from Apoquel or lasting relief between doses with Cytopoint. Try each medication to see which one controls your dog’s symptoms most effectively with the fewest side effects. Both can greatly improve allergic dogs’ quality of life.

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