Allergy Desensitization Therapy
Pets with atopic dermatitis (environmental allergies) often benefit from Allergen Specific Immunotherapy (ASIT) treatment (also called allergy vaccine, allergy hypo-sensitization or allergy desensitization therapy) from a pet dermatologist. This is a process in which allergens are introduced in gradually increasing amounts subcutaneously or in to the mouth orally, which eventually build up a tolerance to allergies. Oral immunotherapy drops are effective and preferable for pets that may not tolerate injectable therapy well.
Allergy Skin Testing
Intradermal Allergy Testing
Intradermal allergy testing (similar to the skin prick test or the scratch test in humans) is the gold standard test to isolate problem allergens for your pet. This test is best performed with adequate preparation in order to achieve best results. The information obtained by performing allergy testing will help design an individualized care plan to manage allergies in your pet, including repair of the skin barrier, allergen avoidance, and desensitization therapy.
Ear Care for Pets
Minimal ear care is usually needed for healthy pets. When noticed, an ear problem in pets is usually an indication of an underlying primary problem such as skin allergies, ear mites, and thyroid problems to name a few. If it appears that an ear infection is coming back repeatedly, or is not resolved with initial treatment, it is important to know that chronic, recurrent ear infections can lead to middle ear infections, in addition to the ongoing discomfort.
Preparing For Your First Consultation
Our aim during each dermatological consultation is to provide you and your pet with the utmost care and attention to detail. Such personalized attention and a good understanding of your concerns and the pets’ medical history is key to resolving the problems affecting your pet. You can help us significantly in this process by providing us with relevant information regarding your pets’ dermatologic, medical, and dietary history.