Treatment for allergies in this method are via subcutaneous injections of the offending allergens. These shots are administered over a 9-month period and administered in increasing doses as well as gradual increases in concentration. The 3 vials of increasing concentration are supplied directly by Nextmune on a prescription basis to the testing veterinarian. The initial 9-month period of hypo-sensitization is followed by monthly maintenance shots.
- Store vials in your refrigerator
- Draw correct dosage in syringe
- Bring allergens to room temperature
- Ensure no bubbles are present
- If they appear, flick the syringe’s top
- Lift back of animal’s neck creating a “tent”
- Insert needle at tent base, below the skin’s surface
- Withdraw plunger slightly
- If no blood present, inject allergens
*If you have two sets, give one injection from each set simultaneously at different areas of the body
- Massage the injection site
- Praise your animal
- Return vial to refrigerator
- Always monitor for 45 minutes as a precaution
Possible Side Effects
If you notice an increase in allergy symptoms within 48 hours after a dose, STOP treatment and contact your veterinarian.
Common reactions may include: an increase in allergy symptoms, swelling at injection site, increased itchiness and/or redness.
Serious, but rare reactions may include: hives, vomiting, diarrhea, abnormal drowsiness, facial swelling, collapse. If you notice any of these reactions, seek medical attention immediately.
Call your veterinarian with the following information:
- Date of last dose
- Dosage amount
- Vial color
- Patient’s symptoms
- When symptoms occurred