PAW In Action!

LOLA PAW collageCelebrating PAW – Pet Allergy Week (6-12 June), is Lola [pictured] a Staffordshire Bull Terrier and patient of Milton Keynes based Willow Veterinary Group. The two year old who suffered alopecia, itching, pruritus, pyoderma and otitis externa from an early age is receiving immunotherapy following allergy testing, and has not looked back, says Willows VN, Stacey Armitt.

“After starting the treatment, Lola came off steroids and her overall body condition is much healthier. She is itching less and her skin is much less red. Some of her hair has also grown back,” explains Stacey.

“When Lola was first presented to us, skin scrapes were negative and steroids were only responsive for a short period. Targeted topicals and medication were used to try and control Lola’s worsening symptoms but it never cleared up. A sample was then taken and sent in for a SENSITEST® Complete Allergy Test and the results indicated raised antibodies to house dust mites, which went onto to be treated using allergen-specific immunotherapy,” she adds.

Lola’s owner, Aimee Holland, who has also implemented food and environment changes indicated by the test, is delighted and says that since starting the treatment, Lola no longer itches, her fur is growing back and her skin looks less red and angry. “She is a much happier and healthier dog. After trying everything, immunotherapy has given her a second chance to have a happy healthy life!” says Aimee.

The UK’s second PAW, June 6-12, is helping to raise awareness of allergies in cats and dogs. And a reminder for participating practises using pack materials from PAW organiser, Avacta Animal Health, that there is a prize for the best PAW waiting room display! Entries close 30th June. Also, discounted allergy tests in association with PAW will be accepted until 8th July says the company. To read Lola’s full case study click HERE



PAW logo 2016

From the 6th to 12th June 2016, we’re giving veterinary practices the opportunity to raise awareness of allergies in dogs and cats.

Is your practice set-up & ready?

– Have you put up your waiting room display?

– Have you filled up your leaflet holders?

– Do you have your discounted test stickers handy?

Discounted test stickers found in your PAW pack can be used right now & until the 8th July 2016.

The stickers entitle you to a significant saving on SENSITEST allergy tests;

– Complete Allergy Test for £125.00 (usual price £189.00)

– Complete+ Allergy Test for £155.00(usual price £279.00)

Just remember to attach a sticker to the submission form when you send in your test. If you need more stickers, just get in touch!

Please be sure to read the covering letter inside your PAW pack, which details;

HOW TO USE THE PAW PACK – We have a brand new design for this year’s waiting room display.

HOW TO CLAIM YOUR DISCOUNTED TEST – All registered practices will also be entitled to a substantial discount on all Complete and Complete+ canine and feline allergy tests submitted throughout the month of June. (Deadline 8th July)

HOW TO SUBMIT A TEST – The PAW pack will provide the tools for you to submit a blood sample.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS – Why not try and make the most of PAW this year by doing some of our ‘optional extras’, for example offering ‘free skin checks’ & ‘Discounted allergy tests’. Stickers promoting these ‘optional extras’ can be found in your PAW pack.

2016 Competition entry - Hawkedon & Homefield Vets Ltd

2016 Competition entry – Hawkedon & Homefield Vets Ltd

DON’T FORGET COMPETITION TIME – Be in with the chance to win a luxury hamper!

All practices who create a PAW waiting room display, can send us a picture of their hard work and the most creative display wins!

Its not too late to email a picture of your display and a member of your team, along with your practice details to

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Feel free to share your pictures on Facebook and Twitter & share it with us!

Proud sponsors of jerry green dog rescue newFor more information about PAW 2016, ask your local Territory Manager or contact Customer Services on 0800 8494 550

PAW Terms and Conditions: The deadline for sign- ups is Friday 6 May (one or two extra days will be given for postal forms/late arrivals). PAW packs will be delivered by the end of May. Discounted SENSITEST allergy test prices are only available to practices that have signed up to PAW and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. You will receive PAW discount stickers to attach onto your submission form which can be used until the 8th July 2016. Any submission forms without the PAW discount sticker will be charged at your standard rate. Please send a photo of your display, along with your practice details to in order to enter our competition for the best use of materials for a waiting room display. Photos to be received by Thursday 30 June to be eligible for the competition. The winner will be announced on our website and will receive a luxury hamper for their practice.

Charity Support Ahead of Pet Allergy Week (PAW)

The organiser of Pet Allergy Week (PAW), Avacta Animal Health, has announced it is to sponsor and provide ongoing free allergy testing to Yorkshire based, Jerry Green Dog Rescue.

The Gorgeous Husky, Eden (pictured) is clearly very proud and as excited as we are to get behind the campaign, says Jerry Green’s centre support officer, Emma Cook. “We’re all thrilled that the team at Avacta has chosen to help the dogs here at Jerry Green Rescue.

“Previously we could only afford to test dogs that had a real issue. The sponsorship means that we can now test any dog that we believe may have an allergy, which is great for the dogs and also good news for their future owners too.

“It’s great to have the dogs allergy tested and be able to know if there is an issue, and if so what allergies are detected. Food allergies are particularly important as in these cases it can help the dogs to get re-homed if the new owner know what foods to avoid, instead of thinking they will need to buy expensive food,” adds Emma.

Domino in his new homeThe first dog at the centre to receive the free SENSITEST allergy screening was Domino, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. “We received Domino’s allergy test results and found that he can only eat turkey, rabbit and fish. He improved a lot after switching his food to include just these meats, and has since been rehomed. His new owner is delighted with Domino and says he is settling in really well.”

The announcement comes ahead of the UK’s second PAW, June 6-12, which again aims to help veterinary practices raise awareness of allergies in cats and dogs. Avacta head of marketing, Joanne Soundy, says it’s important to create more opportunities for vets to examine pets whose owners may be unaware that they are suffering, and who may benefit from an allergy test followed by recommendations for appropriate treatment and management.

“Over 500 practices took part in the first PAW initiative in 2015, demonstrating that there is a real need for the campaign. We hope that by supporting Jerry Green we can help animals that need support but where funding can be difficult,” adds Joanne.

For more information on PAW and to help to raise awareness of dogs and cats with allergies and the benefits of allergy testing, please contact our customer services team o 0800 8494 550.

World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology, Bordeaux, France – 31st May – 4th June 2016

Avacta Animal Health is delighted to be attending the 8th World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology held in Bordeaux, France, from May 31st to June 4th, 2016.

The 8th WCVD will provide over 170 hours of topics pertaining to veterinary dermatology.

Delegates can attend lectures, seminars, interactive discussions and workshops presented by some of the world’s leading experts.

Our very own Senior Research & Development Scientist, Jennifer Bexley has been invited as guest speaker to discuss ‘Serological cross-reactivity between beef, lamb and cows’ milk allergen extracts in dogs’

For more information on the congress visit