Fighting the cause of allergy
An effective way of treating allergy is avoidance. However, this is practically not an option in most cases. Not only are many allergens like house dust mites, grass, and tree pollen difficult to avoid, hypersensitivity for multiple allergens is particularly challenging to address through avoidance.
Therefore, the recommended choice for treating allergy is immunotherapy. It is a solution which is safe, effective and for long-term use. After determining what the dog, cat or horse is allergic to through our allergy tests, Artuvetrin Therapy keeps the allergy under control ensuring that the symptoms are greatly reduced or even eliminated.
Artuvetrin Therapy is the only licensed immunotherapy in Europe. Therefore, under the European veterinary medicines regulations (Directives 2004/28/EC), Artuvetrin Therapy is the product of choice.
Immunotherapy and how it works
Artuvetrin Therapy works by giving repeated doses of allergens, thereby stimulating an immune response in the body which leads to the build-up of immunological tolerance. It is the only treatment which alters the course of allergic disease while at the same time taking the allergy symptoms below the symptom threshold. Artuvetrin Therapy is available in shots (subcutaneous injections) and soon in drops.
The immunotherapy is custom-made for each patient, based on the allergens identified through our allergy testing. The efficacy rate for Artuvetrin Therapy is about 75%. Most patients see improvements within a few months. Artuvetrin Therapy has virtually no side effects and can therefore be given for long periods.
Compliance with the patient’s allergy treatment plan is key. Close adherence to the treatment schedule will accelerate the pet’s recovery and allergy relief.
Administration and dosage
The first dosage for subcutaneous Artuvetrin Therapy starts at 0.2 ml, after which it is gradually increased over longer intervals to a maximum of 1.0 ml. When this dosage is reached after 12 weeks, a fixed dose of 1.0 ml is administered monthly. In some cases, this treatment schedule is too fast for the patient. If so, it is possible to deviate from the standard dosage schedule. With the content of one vial of Artuvetrin Therapy, a treatment set lasts for 10 months. Allergy is a chronic disease and every 10 months a follow-up vial is required for allergy symptoms relief.
Composition and characteristics
Artuvetrin Therapy is composed of 1 to 8 allergens or allergen mixes per vial. Each vial contains 10 ml.
Immunotherapy gold standard
We offer the gold standard in immunotherapy – Artuvetrin:
- The only licensed immunotherapy in Europe
- Delivery within 10 working days
- Available in subcutaneous injections and soon in drops
- Free, world-class support with our veterinary allergy experts
Shampoos and essential fatty acid supplements
In conjunction with immunotherapy, bathing may help relieve itching and remove environmental allergens from the pet’s skin. It is key to pick the right shampoo, as frequent bathing with the wrong product can dry out the skin. Also, essential fatty acids have an important role in supporting skin health. By being a structural component of the cellular membranes, essential fatty acids help maintain the skin barrier and prevent penetration of allergens through the skin. In addition, essential fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect, alleviating symptoms of itching and scratching. Artuvet’s ATOPI-3 essential fatty acid supplement is a premier supplement for any pet suffering from allergies.
Frequently asked questions
Is it possible to administer symptomatic medication when starting Artuvetrin Therapy?
Our advice is to continue with the symptomatic treatment when starting with Artuvetrin Therapy. During the first months, the symptomatic medication can be reduced as much as possible.
What is the structure of the build-up protocol of Artuvetrin Therapy?
In order to make the patient less sensitive to the allergens, the initial dose is low with a gradual increase over time. The periods between injections will be increased in the course of the treatment, ranging from 2-week intervals between injections at the start of treatment to 4-week intervals at later stages of the treatment.
A typical canine treatment schedule has the following design:
- Week 1: 0.2 ml
- 2 weeks later (Week 3): 0.4 ml
- 2 weeks later (Week 5): 0.6 ml
- 2 weeks later (Week 7): 0.8 ml
- 3 weeks later (Week 10): 1.0 ml
- 3 weeks later (Week 13): 1.0 ml
- 4 weeks later (Week 17): 1.0 ml
- 4 weeks later (Week 21): 1.0 ml
- 4 weeks later (Week 25): 1.0 ml
Subsequently, the immunotherapy is administered with 1.0 ml once every 4 weeks.
Is it possible to deviate from the standard dosing schedule?
The sensitivity of a particular pet may require a deviation from the standard dosing schedule. The dosing interval may be tailored to the individual patient. For example, some pets respond better to two times 0.5 ml per month than one time 1.0 ml per month. We are happy to confer with you regarding the individual patient and its optimal treatment schedule.
What is the success rate of Artuvetrin Therapy?
The efficacy rate for Artuvetrin Therapy is about 75%. The improvement is defined as a clinical improvement of 50% up to 100%.
For how long should Artuvetrin Therapy be administered?
Allergy is a chronic disease and just like symptomatic medication, Artuvetrin Therapy is a life-long treatment. Compliance with the patient’s allergy treatment plan is key. Close adherence to the treatment schedule will accelerate the pet’s recovery and allergy relief.
Is it possible that using a new vial causes more itching?
When starting with a new vial, the allergenicity of the allergens may be slightly stronger. Please use symptomatic medication to alleviate the pruritus if needed.
Key facts about Artuvetrin immunotherapy:
- The recommended choice for treating allergy
- Safe, effective and long-term treatment
- Treats the cause, not only the symptoms
- Rebuilds the pet’s immunity
- The only licensed immunotherapy in Europe
- Available in shots (subcutaneous injections) and soon drops
- Adherence to the immunotherapy schedule and refills are critical for allergy symptoms relief