Allergy Treatment

Whether ACTT Allergy drops or ACTT allergy shots for dogs/cats, we will treat up to 12 allergens in Set 1 (pollen, epithelial and fiber antigens) and 10 allergens in Set 2 (molds, mites, and insects), for a total of 22 allergens.

Horses utilizing ACTT Allergy Shots can be treated for up to 30 allergens total (20 allergens, Set 1; 10 allergens, Set 2). Due to volume constraints, horses utilizing ACTT Allergy Drops are limited to 15 allergens per vial.

We strongly recommend the separation of mold, mite and insect antigens from pollen, epithelial and fiber antigens when ordering a treatment set. Mold, mite and insect antigens are composed of enzymatic proteins which degrade pollen allergens.

Because of abundant antigenic cross-reactivity among major grass, tree, weed and mold families, effective immunotherapy can be formulated without the need to treat every individual allergen identified on the test results. Treating the immunodominant allergens provides cross-protection for any allergens in related family members.

Once size does not fit all

Every allergy case is unique, and all pets respond to differently to immunotherapy. For this reason, our customized pet allergy treatment sets are formulated for one of five different immunotherapy schedules to accommodate the needs of each allergic patient. Immunotherapy protocols are custom-formulated according to the species, breed, age, weight and clinical history of each animal.

The advantages of customized treatment include:

  • Fewer patient reactions to injections
  • Increased owner compliance and satisfaction
  • Quicker improvement of symptoms

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 Shots

Allergy shots 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 shots 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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CRITERIA FOR TREATMENT SUCCESS
Start with the ACTT 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 ACTT 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

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