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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.

FREE ALLERGY WEBINAR – NOW AVAILABLE

MANAGING THE PRURITIC DOG AND CAT IN THE LIGHT OF THE LATEST RESEARCH: DON’T FORGET THE BASICS FOR OPTIMAL RESULTS.

Here is another opportunity to watch our free webinar presented by Professor Richard Halliwell, MA, VetMB, phD, DECVD, MRCVS.

Professor Halliwell discusses the spectacular advances made in the past few years in our understanding of the pathways that initiate the sensation of itch in dogs and cats.

In particular;

  •  A demonstration that interleukin-31 (IL-31) plays a pivotal role, and has led to the development of new products to target this molecule.
  • The mode and site of action of these and other older therapeutic products will be described.
  • Ensuring therapeutic products are used carefully and in the correct context.
  • To ensure the best clinical outcomes, a structured basic diagnostic approach in essential before deciding on the preferred treatment options.

New Advances for UK Equine Allergy Testing

A new range of equine allergy tests developed using native plant allergen species to reflect the needs of UK and Northern European veterinary surgeons, has been launched by Avacta Animal Health. Using ELISA technology, the new SENSITEST equine allergy test is the only UK specific allergy test available to equine practitioners that uses non-invasive procedures, says Janice Hogg, Avacta senior veterinary director.

A horse with sweet itch with protective rugsIn the development trials, allergens were selected that showed significant levels of reactivity in horses with clinical signs compatible with allergic disease, says Janice. “Whilst many providers of allergy tests are reducing the number of allergens in their panels and providing only a global range of allergens, this research has shown it is vital to include native species of allergenic plants and insects.

A horse with hives“The new ELISA test, which includes allergens such as orchard grass, daisy, dandelion, nettle and horse chestnut, provides UK practitioners with a viable alternative to intradermal testing (IDT). It doesn’t require clipping and has no adverse reactions – ideal for clients who want to avoid this,” she adds.

The SENSITEST equine allergy test includes panels of allergens that cover the work up of food, respiratory and atopic allergic disease assisting in a more accurate diagnosis, treatment and management options, including allergen-specific immunotherapy. “It is not necessary to withdraw medications (except high dose corticosteroids) for the standardised procedure, which has excellent reproducibility and is not influenced by existing skin pathologies, all of which is really useful when working with equine clients,” adds Janice.

“To further assist equine practitioners, especially those faced with non-insured clients, the SENSITEST Equine Screening Test offers a simple positive/negative result to each panel, allowing expansion to the full panels as required to assist with treatment,” she concludes.

For more information contact your Avacta area territory manager or our customer services team on 0800 8494 550.

NEW CASE STUDY – Tripod the cat

Tipod circleTripod Howe, a domestic short haired cat, suffered a great deal with pruritus, over grooming, nibbling, alopecia and scabs on her face. But it wasn’t until her owners carried out a SENSITEST Food Allergy Test, that they discovered what a change in diet can really do. To read more on Tripod click HERE

UK’s Second Pet Allergy Week – PAW is Launched

Following the huge success of the UK’s first Pet Allergy Week (PAW) in 2015, which saw over 500 practices take part in the initiative, registration is now open for PAW 2016, say the organisers Avacta Animal Health.

This year’s Pet Allergy Week initiative is set for June 6-12 and once again aims to help veterinary practices raise awareness of allergies in cats and dogs. Avacta head of marketing, Joanne Soundy, says that allergic symptoms resulting from allergies are cited as one of the most common reasons for a consult. “We know there is still much more we can do to help raise awareness of allergy related conditions among pet owners,” she says.
“It is 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,” adds Joanne.
“In its first year over 500 practices took part in the PAW initiative which was an amazing result and demonstrates that there is a real need for the campaign. With many of last year’s participants already making plans for the week, we’re expecting a significant increase in uptake this year,” she explains.

Practices can sign up to receive a ‘PAW pack’ containing promotional display materials to create an exciting and informative waiting room display, with the most creative display winning a prize, says Joanne. “In addition, and to support the promotion for those who register and receive a PAW pack, Avacta is also providing discounted tests throughout the whole month of June.

Winner of the 2015 best PAW practice waiting room display was Charlton Kings Vets WEB VERSION“There is a wealth of client facing information in the packs including a ‘Signs and Symptoms’ poster; a strapline banner ‘Raising Awareness of Dog & Cat Allergies’; and a call to Action banner ‘Give your pet the best, ask for SENSITEST today’, as well as literature and posters. The pack also includes a competition for the best PAW waiting room display – the practice that shows the best use of materials will win a prize!”

Sign up to Avacta Animal Health’s PAW and receive a free PAW pack to help to raise awareness of dogs and cats with allergies and the benefits of allergy testing. Visit avactaanimalhealth.com/PAW

Last years winners King Charles Vets

Spring/Summer 2016 Newsletter

Avacta Animal Health’s Spring/Summer Newsletter now available!

 
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Find out how to sign up for Pet Allergy Week, read about our enhanced Equine Allergy test, register for our FREE allergy webinar, and much much more!
 
Read the full newsletter HERE

Avacta introduces NEW enhanced equine allergy test

Over recent months our R&D team have been working on the re-development of our Equine Allergy Tests and these efforts have culminated in an enhanced service to you.

The allergen panels have been extended to incorporate the major allergens in the UK and North European climatic zones. In our development trials all these allergens were found to show some level of reactivity in horses with clinical signs compatible with allergic disease.

Whilst our competitors are reducing the number of allergens in their panels and providing only a global range of allergens, we believe it is vital to include these native species of allergenic plants and insects.

We are also offering an Environmental & Insects screen, providing a simple positive/negative result for each panel, with an option to upgrade a positive panel. This more economic option is ideal for non-insured clients.

Download our new Guide to Equine Allergy brochure HERE and complete our request form HERE if you would like to request a submission box to submit a sample.

CASE STUDY Taegan the Staffordshire Bull Terrier

TaeganTaegan suffered with severe itching, pruritic and inflamed inter-digital areas, alopecia and chewing of the feet, resulting in noticeable and visible areas of discomfort. A good parasite treatment was used to try and rule out any parasite infections. Taegan however did not improve and so bloods were taken for a SENSITEST allergy test.

To read more on how Taegan was treated and the results CLICK HERE

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 http://www.vetdermbordeaux.com