Category Archives: Allergy News

New Class of Flea and Tick Control – Isoxazolines

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The new class of flea and tick control, termed isoxazolines, includes the new products: NexGard, Bravecto, and Simparica. In addition to flea and tick control, it has effective ‘off-label’ use for the treatment of generalized demodicosis (red mange) and Otodectes cynotis (ear mites). We are excited there is another class of medications that show good efficacy […]

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Disease Spotlight: Fleabite Hypersensitivity

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lay term: Flea Allergy What causes it? When a flea bites an animal, it injects a small amount of saliva into the skin. Many cats and dogs develop an allergy to a protein in the flea saliva. In these pets, small numbers of flea bites will lead to an intense allergic reaction and severe itching. […]

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Innovative New Therapy for Atopic Dermatitis

Since September 2015, the doctors at ADRC have been using an innovative new therapy to help reduce clinical signs associated with atopic dermatitis in dogs. The product, named Canine Atopic Dermatitis Immunotherapeutic, is a first-of-its-kind antibody therapy. Some dermatologists call it CADI for short. At ADRC, we also refer to it as anti-IL-31 monoclonal antibody […]

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Solutions for Ear Infections

Recently, two different drug companies have released very similar topical products for the treatment of ear infections in dogs. Both products contain an antibiotic called chloramphenicol. We consider chloramphenicol to be a “big gun” antibiotic and are encouraging its use be reserved only for infections documented by culture and sensitivity testing to be highly resistant […]

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Pet Case Study: Environmental Allergens

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Cody N. was showing tendencies towards being allergic to environmental allergens and was receiving an allergy blocking medication called Atopica®. At his first visit to ADRC in January 2014 he was diagnosed with an overgrowth of mites (Demodex canis) in his skin. These are mites that normally live in the skin in very low numbers. […]

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New Allergy Blocker, Apoquel

A round table discussion regarding the new allergy blocker Apoquel was held at the North American Veterinary Dermatology Forum in Nashville, TN in April 2015. The round table was not open to all attendees but the results of the discussion were recently published. At ADRC we’ve had concerns about the implications of long term administration […]

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New Vaccine Study

The doctors at the ADRC are participating in an EXCITING study to test a NEW vaccine for pets with recurrent skin infections. Criteria for enrollment: Your pet … has experienced at least 3 episodes of staph skin infections in 6 months, is at least one year of age, is not pregnant or lactating, has healthy […]

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Pet Food Labeling

Study casts doubt on pet food labeling. A recent publication[ii] in the Journal of Food Control reported the following information regarding pet foods: Sixteen out of 52 products tested contained a meat ingredient not listed on the label. The study also could not detect the listed meat in seven of the 52 samples. “This could […]

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Apoquel®, New FDA Approved Medication

Apoquel® is a new FDA approved medication for dogs with environmental allergies and itch/scratch from other conditions. It was released to Vet Derms in late November and we have appreciated success with this medication in a large percentage of our patients. Twice daily therapy tapers to once daily therapy. Like with any medication there are […]

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Oral Immunotherapy

Now available for pets with environmental allergies! Traditional immunotherapy has been injection based. While easy to administer and administered infrequently, many pet parents felt uncomfortable with the process. We now have glycerin (sweet) based drops that are easily administered morning and evening.

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