Dogs and cats, just like humans, can have allergies. In fact more than 30% of all skin irritations in our pets can be attributed to allergies. These allergies can come from foods, inhaled allergens like weed, tree, and grass pollens, fungi, even insects and storage mites. Up to 91 allergens are tested and the panel is tailored to New Zealand. The test involves taking some blood from your pet which is then sent to the United States for testing. Total Vets is the New Zealand agent for Spectrum and we receive samples from all over New Zealand. Once we have the results we contact you to go over them and devise a plan for helping you pet with it's allergies, this may involve diet changes and hyposensitising injections.
Since there is no known “cure” for allergies and the prospect of avoiding all the things your pet reacts to is unrealistic, we turn to hyposensitisation, or allergy injections to help us most effectively manage your pet’s allergies.
No one enjoys getting or giving injections but the benefits far outweigh the negatives. Suppression therapy like steroids, antihistamines and cyclosporine can not only be more expensive than treatment but with long term use come with some potentially serious side effects. At best, these methods are only effective in about 50-60% of the time.
Increasing a pet’s tolerance to the allergens they react to through hyposensitisation has proven to be, other than avoidance, the best way to successfully manage allergies and provide lasting relief. It is also safe for long-term use and can provide your pet with much longer-term relief than suppression therapy. Done correctly we garner success rates as high as 90%. We will talk you throught the hyposensitisation process and teach you have to give your pet it's injections.
For more information about Spectrum click here to go to their website. Give us a call if you would like to talk to us about testing your pet or you have any further questions.