We attempt to desensitize pets from Alta Loma, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Ontario, Claremont, Fontana and the Inland Empire diagnosed with allergies to help alleviate the itchiness that comes as a result of the allergies. The process of desensitization works by continually exposing the pet minute amounts of the offending allergens into the pet. This is accomplished by injecting solutions with tiny amounts of the offending substances, or, more recently, using oral drops that are placed under the tongue. Over time the body becomes “used” to the allergens and reduces its reaction to them.
It is important to note that desensitization is a long-term project. We know from experiments and experience that it takes at least 12 months for this procedure to be successful. You should be prepared to treat your pet for at least 2 years before calling the trial a failure. Desensitization is also an ongoing process. You need to continue the injections or sub lingual drops in order to keep the allergies under control.
Throughout the process, we will use appropriate drugs, diets, food additives, shampoos and conditioners to keep your pet comfortable. As the desensitization continues, we will hopefully be able to reduce or eliminate the need for these therapies.
The serum that has been produced specifically for your pet has a small potential to cause an allergic reaction (hives, or swelling of the face and neck, or in the worst case, vomiting, diarrhea and/or collapse). Therefore, we give the first 5 injections here at the hospital. We will administer the injections ever 4-6 days and ask you to stay here with your pet for 15 minutes after the injection to make sure that no adverse reaction occurs. During the last two injections, we will instruct you how to give the injections at home.
The allergy serum must be kept in the refrigerator, as it contains no preservatives. If the serum looks cloudy, or there are any floating particles in it, do not give the injection! The serum may have become contaminated and must be disposed of.
- If you have a problem during an injection (some goes on the skin or floor) do not make a second injection. Simply wait for the next scheduled injection and give the amount specified in the table above.
- It generally takes 6-7 weeks for the allergy kit to be made. Please keep this in mind when reordering and give us plenty of time to get the kit in before you need it.
- Because each kit is specific to the individual pet and can not be used for other animals, it will be necessary for you to prepay (by credit card over the phone) for the kit before it is ordered.
At Alta Rancho Pet & Bird Hospital, we have successfully treated thousands of pets with allergy desensitization therapy. If you have an itchy dog or cat, ask if your pet might benefit from this treatment.