Before Atopica, my westie's allergies would lead to so much licking, scratching, and discomfort. Secondary skin infections would occur as a result. We had skin testing done and gave her customized injections which were supposed to lead to desensitization, but even this "gold standard" of allergy treatment did not help much. Finally, we started Atopica and it is like a miracle drug! Our westie is so much more comfortable and her skin is much better. Atopica is expensive, and a 15 - pack of 50mg capsules cost about $75 at our veterinarian's office. Thank goodness I found Vet Depot, where I get the same package of Atopica for less than $45 - a HUGE savings. Thank you so much, Vet Depot!