Allergy Treatment for Dogs, Cats and Horses
A look at Hypo-sensitization Therapy
Hypo-sensitization (also called allergen-specific immunotherapy) is the gold standard of medical treatment for some types of allergies. It is the only treatment that stops an allergy from progressing, by making the immune system less sensitive, or totally insensitive, to the allergens that trigger the allergic reaction. Our treatment sets are custom built based on each patient’s allergy profile, containing allergenic extract designed to gradually introduce your patient’s immune system to the offending allergens and increasing their tolerance. It is available in sublingual oral spray or subcutaneous injections.
The recommended treatment for long-term allergy relief
Allergies are a lifelong condition, and for that reason any treatment must be continued for life to keep the disease under control. Hypo-sensitization Therapy is effective and safe for long-term use. The best solution is to avoid contact with allergens, but most of the time this is impossible, especially with allergens like house dust-mites, grass, and tree pollen. However, there are measures that can help to minimize contact.
Hypo-sensitization Therapy can be administered subcutaneously or orally. Studies show that around 75% of patients have a positive response to it. The effect is usually seen after 5 months, but can take up to a year. Immunotherapy is effective, safe for long-term use, and can be combined with other medications.
What to expect from Hypo-sensitization Therapy?
Every animal responds differently to medications, but Hypo-sensitization Therapy has proven to be successful and very effective. Around 75% of pets & horses show improvements when they start the treatment, and most show improvements within a few months. Sometimes, it can take up to 12 months to see results.
A very small number may not improve much. If this happens with your patient, it is important to work closely with the pet or horse owner, because it is likely that there are other factors involved, other allergies or new allergies (e.g. to fleas of foods), for example, or secondary skin infections. Regular follow-up appointments are important, especially during the first year of treatment. It may be necessary to change the dosage and interval.
A comprehensive Treatment Diary is provided to help guide you and your patients to long-term allergy relief. Click below to view.Sample Treatment Diary
Short-term symptomatic medications
There are a number of short-term medications available that help to control symptoms. These symptomatic medications, such as corticosteroids, cyclosporin, oclacitinib and lokivetmab, are useful for suppressing the allergic reaction, however they do not treat the allergy itself. They can have significant disadvantages and come with side-effects, especially in the long-term.
Our recommendation is to use such products short-term and in conjunction with Hypo-sensitization Therapy, to ensure the patient is comfortable, but with a long-term goal of only administering immunotherapy for the patient’s condition.
Before starting this treatment, it is important for your patient to be comfortable, with its symptoms under control. If that is not the case, short-term medication can help during the initial treatment period (work-up phase).
Animals that have symptoms for more than 3 months can be considered for Hypo-sensitization Therapy. It is important to note that allergy treatment requires lifelong maintenance. Compliance is the key to success with allergy injections!
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