Fighting the cause of allergy

Skin problems and allergy

What is an allergy?

Just like humans, dogs, cats and horses can be allergic. The immunological mechanisms underlying allergy in dogs, cats and horses are essentially the same as in humans. Allergy is a genetically predisposed condition of hypersensitivity to substances which are common and harmless to most animals. The hypersensitivity is caused by a dysfunction in the pet’s immune system. The substances that cause allergy – allergens – include pollens, dust mites, molds, dander, insects, fibers and foods.

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What is the pruritic threshold?

The pruritic (itch) threshold is the point at which the pet begins to itch and scratch. The pruritic threshold is unique for each patient. A pet who is allergic to dust mites can appear normal until the pet develops a new allergy to pollens for example. The mite allergy may not cause enough discomfort to scratch whereas the summation effect of the two allergies combined may trigger the pet to cross the pruritic threshold. This will result in excessive itching and scratching.

Dog allergies

Canine allergic disease (atopy) often presents as a skin disease, or canine atopic dermatitis. Up to 15% of dogs suffer from an atopic condition and accounts for 25% of animals referred for pruritus. Atopy is a hereditary form of allergy to pollen of plants (for example grasses, weeds, trees), fungi or various dust and storage mites.

The first symptoms typically occur between 1-3 years of age (around 75% of all cases). Sporadically, symptoms occur in animals under 6 months of age.

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Cat allergies

Like dogs, our feline friends can suffer from allergies too. Allergy to flea bites is a common cause together with environmental allergy.

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Horse allergies

Just like dogs and cats, horses too can be allergic. Allergies in horses are often caused by insects, weed, grass and tree pollens. Other allergic triggers are dust mites, foods and molds contained in damp hay or straw.

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Food allergies

Symptoms of an atopic pet and one suffering from food allergy are sometimes similar. In addition to itchy skin, ear infections, excessive feet licking and gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea and vomiting are common in pets with food allergy. The symptoms typically come year-round.

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Don't take only our word for it. Thousands of veterinarians worldwide work with Artuvet, here are just a few success stories.

“I am using Artuvet allergen for intradermal testing and allergens for allergen specific immunotherapy since 2009 now and have been so far very pleased with the quality of the products and the service provided by the company.”

Dr Peri Lau-Gillard DrMedVet CertVD DipECVD

European Veterinary Specialist in Dermatology

“Allergen-specific immunotherapy remains the gold standard for management of atopic dermatitis, offering the potential for the allergic animal to develop tolerance. In my experience animals treated with Artuvetrin vaccines have better control of their allergic skin problem as the years go by, whereas animals managed with symptomatic therapy alone often deteriorate as they age. The incidence of ide effects with the vaccines supplied by Artuvet Animal Health is low, less than 1% in my cases. The customer service offered by the company is excellent; always helpful and efficient.”

Dr Janet D Littlewood MA PhD BVSc DVR DVD MRCVS

RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology

“More than 25 years, I have been working with Artuvet with great pleasure and I am happy to continue.”

Margreet Vroom, dvm, dipl ECVD.