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Pet Immunotherapy in Orange Park

At our Orange Park pet dermatology clinic, we offer vet immunotherapy testing and treatment to help cats and dogs that suffer from skin conditions caused by allergies.

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Cat & Dog Immunotherapy for Allergies at Animal Friends Dermatology

Allergy Specific Immunotherapy (ASIT) is known to be the most effective way to address the issue of environmental allergies in animals. It is also called "allergy shots" or "allergy serum" and they can sometimes permanently cure your pet from their allergy. However, response is not immediate, and it can take a year or more for maximal response. 

ASIT has been proven to be effective in both cats and dogs and is given in the form of oral drops or subcutaneous injections. This treatment is prescribed after your pet has tested positive for an allergy using Intradermal or serum testing. Immunotherapy works to desensitize your companion to the allergen.

Our vets suggest booking follow up appointments to monitor the success of the treatment and make any necessary changes.

Cat & Dog Immunotherapy, Orange Park

Intradermal Allergy Testing for Pets

This testing is done by injecting multiple allergens most often found in the local region into your cat or dog's skin to see if they develop a reaction. Our vets first sedate your pet to make sure they are comfortable and then shave an area on their side to make the injections. After exposing your companion to the allergen they are monitored at 20 minutes and then again after 2 hours to see if they develop a reaction. These results are then used to develop an immunotherapy (ASIT) treatment plan.

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Pet Immunotherapy FAQs

Read through our most frequently asked questions regarding immunotherapy for pets to get a better idea of the procedure and why it can work for your pet.

What to Expect From Pet Immunotherapy

It can take up to 18 months to determine if the immunotherapy is working. If there is little or no change, your vet will find another form of therapy. In some cases, younger pets respond better to immunotherapy than older pets.

During the course of vet immunotherapy, your pet might be given another form of allergy medication to alleviate allergy symptoms.

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