Allergy Treatment

Whether you choose to utilize Allergy drops or injections we will treat for up to 20 allergens in a single set. Patients with more than 20 allergens would require a double set.
Once size does not fit all, but it is appropriate for most

Every allergy case is unique, and all pets respond to differently to immunotherapy. However, we do find that over 85% of patients, regardless of species, will go through our initial treatment protocol without issue, unless we are trying to build tolerance during the height of allergy season.  Should we have a patient that requires a different immunotherapy schedule, due to overstimulation, we are able to quickly and easily accommodate the needs of each allergic patient. Custom Immunotherapy protocols can be requested through our technical support team, by licensed veterinary staff only. No schedule adjustments can be provided directly to pet parents.

Allergy Drops

In recent years, sublingual immunotherapy (oral drops) has gained recognition as a viable alternative to allergy shots. Sublingual immunotherapy works in the same way as subcutaneous immunotherapy, by gradually building the body’s tolerance to the sensitizing allergens that are causing the patient’s symptoms.

Allergy drops are a safe and effective alternative for immunotherapy treatment, and the incidence of systemic reactions is extremely rare. Reactions can include increased pruritus, face-rubbing, GI upset or lethargy.

For pets and owners who are needle adverse, and for pets not able to tolerate allergy injections, allergy drops are an ideal treatment solution.

FREQUENCY AND EFFICACY
The frequency of dosing is essential to the success of allergy drops. Daily dosing provides constant stimulation of the key cells that are critical to building allergen tolerance and leads to symptom improvement. This is an important factor to consider when choosing allergy drops, because pet owners must be able to commit to the daily treatment schedule.

Allergy Injections

Allergy injections are a safe and effective option for immunotherapy treatment, and the incidence of systemic reactions is extremely rare. Reactions can include increased pruritus, local or generalized hives, GI upset, or lethargy.

Pet owner compliance is an integral part of the success of our desensitization program. This includes following the injection schedule and keeping to any prescribed dietary changes.

Up to 80% of canines show improvement on allergen specific immunotherapy1.
Allergy injections are a safe and effective alternative for immunotherapy treatment, and the incidence of systemic reactions is extremely rare. Reactions can include increased pruritus, local or generalized hives, GI upset, or lethargy.

Pet owner compliance is an integral part of the success of our desensitization program. This includes following the injection schedule and keeping to any prescribed dietary changes.

1. B. Schnabl, S. V. Bettenay, K. Dow, R. S. Mueller. Results of allergen-specific immunotherapy in 117 dogs with atopic dermatitis. Veterinary Record. 2006; 158,81-85

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Treatment Success Rates

CRITERIA FOR TREATMENT SUCCESS
Start with the Comprehensive Allergy Test to identify all sensitizing allergens, including foods.
Make appropriate dietary changes. Treat underlying secondary infections.
Pet owner education; explain that full benefits from treatment could take up to a year to observe.
Communicate regularly with pet owner to check on pet’s progress and ensure owner compliance.
Call Technical Support for treatment modifications and adjustments if needed.
If treatment is working, do not stop!



Supportive Therapies

Reducing allergen exposure should always be one of the goals of an allergy management program. Currently avoidance is the only form of treatment for food allergies. For environmental allergies, less exposure to sensitizing allergens will help to alleviate symptoms. Unfortunately, avoidance measures are usually ineffective on atopic pets, since most environmental allergens surround us in the air. Most owners are not equipped to devote the time, effort and expense to achieve complete removal of offending allergens from the pet’s environment which is why immunotherapy should be considered.



Treatment Precautions

LOCAL REACTIONS ASSOCIATED WITH SHOTS
It is not unusual for animals to experience temporary soreness and swelling at the injection site. Removing excess antigen from the injection area with a moistened cloth following the injection can reduce local reactions. Massaging the injection site or applying a topical antihistamine can also alleviate these reactions. Decreasing the dosage or administering it at two sites may also be helpful.

SYSTEMIC REACTIONS FOR BOTH SHOTS AND DROPS
Adverse reactions are rarely seen, but animals should always be observed for at least 30 minutes after administering immunotherapy treatment. Serious systemic reactions include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, swelling around the face and head, and very rarely, anaphylaxis. In the event of a severe systemic reaction, immediate veterinary attention is required.