Atopy and immunotherapy

Innovative treatment for pets with (atopic dermatitis) aka hay fever.

Your dog or cat is scratching? Licks or bites his feet? his body? You just can’t stand to hear your pet scratch itself in the middle of the night anymore?Well tell yourself that your pet is just as, if not more bothered by this than you are.

Your pet may be suffering from atopy (equivalent to hay fever in humans) an allergic phenomenon that appears primarily with cutaneous signs. That is why we often speak of atopic dermatitis. Signs that are most often encountered are: itching, erythema (redness of the skin), pododermatite (redness and inflammation between the toes), chronic ear infections and conjunctivitis. It may also suffer from food intolerance, but we will discuss this phenomenon in another publication. Let us focus on atopy at the moment.

Your dog or cat is scratching? Licks or bites his feet? his body? You just can't stand to hear your pet scratch itself in the middle of the night anymore?Well tell yourself that your pet is just as, if not more bothered by this than you are.

Your dog or cat is scratching? Licks or bites his feet? his body? You just can’t stand to hear your pet scratch itself in the middle of the night anymore?Well tell yourself that your pet is just as, if not more bothered by this than you are.

If your pet is atopic, it means he is allergic to one or more allergens found in the environment. Such as pollen, dust mites, dust, etc..

How to pinpoint the source of your dog’s atopy? Your veterinarian will ask you questions and make a good thorough physical exam to try to eliminate other causes of your dog’s itchy skin. Although the questionnaire and physical examination seem to confirm atopy, your veterinarian will suggest you to give your pet a “hypoallergenic” diet in order to ensure that food allergy is not the cause of your dog’s ailments.

Concurrently with this food test, your veterinarian may suggest that you do a blood test to determine which allergens are the culprits. These easy to make and inexpensive blood tests are increasingly popular. By receiving the results, it
will offer treatment to relieve the symptoms of your pet.

Once the offending allergens identified, desensitization or allergen immunotherapy can begin.Basically,the idea is putting your animal in contact with a very small amount of allergens and to increase the amount very gradually over a period of time, in order to desensitize.

Until recently, the only option available to owners wishing to follow this protocol was to inject the allergen under the skin of the animal. But now there is a new highly effective option, without the pain and syringe!

Indeed, Allerpaws® company has developed a treatment of allergy by the oral route. Much easier for the owner, less uncomfortable for the animal and just as effective as treatment with injections.

What is the advantage of desensitization? This treatment can significantly reduce the doses of drugs administered to relieve symptoms of atopy and in some cases even eliminate them. These medications have undesirable side effects for your pet and for you. Allergen immunotherapy is in fact the only permanent cure against allergic dermatitis without side effects!

Check with your vet to find out about testing and immunotherapy.

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