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  • © 2014 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. All rights reserved. Therapeutic options are generally divided into medical options and allergen-specific immunotherapy (ASIT). Allergens should be selected for ASIT based on the results of 'allergy testing' and most dermatologists limit the number of allergens to 10 or 12. Historically, the only option available for ASIT in the allergic cat was via injection using either aqueous or alum precipitated allergens (conventional ASIT). Newer, alternative options, however, are also available. These include rush immunotherapy and sublingual immunotherapy. In older cats with concurrent medical conditions (e.g. diabetes mellitus), ASIT may be the safest option as opposed to other medical interventions. The various options for conventional or rush injectable immunotherapy versus sublingual immunotherapy should be discussed with the client and evaluated based on owner preference and the disposition of the cat.

author list (cited authors)

  • Diesel, A. B

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Diesel, Alison B

Book Title

  • Veterinary Allergy

publication date

  • October 2013