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APPROXIMATELY 78 MILLION AMERICANS ARE SENSITIZED TO DOG AND/OR CAT ALLERGENS.1

More than 70 percent of pet-sensitized people are sensitized to multiple pet extracts.1,2

Do you have patients with the following symptoms after dog, cat, or horse exposure?3

  • Sneezing
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Facial pain (from nasal congestion)
  • Coughing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and wheezing
  • Watery, red, or itchy eyes
  • Skin rash or hives
     

Furry Animal Allergen Component Testing

Furry Animal Allergen Component Testing

WHAT IS COMPONENT TESTING?

When a patient asks, “Am I allergic to my pet?,” it’s tempting to give a “yes” or “no” answer and leave it at that. But what if there was a way to uncover even more information about an allergic sensitization, such as the specific protein that’s triggering your patient’s symptoms?

Instead of just answering their question of “Am I allergic to animals?,” you can know exactly which protein from which animal may trigger symptoms or contribute to cross-reactivity.

By detecting sensitization with furry animal allergen component testing, you can create a personalized management plan that can help provide answers for questions such as:

"Can I keep my pet cat?"

"Could my cat or dog make my symptoms worse?"

"Can I be allergic to a male dog, but not a female dog?"
 


It’s not just knowledge you’ll be giving them, but peace of mind, too.

ANIMAL ALLERGIES CAN LEAD HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS TO THINK REHOMING PETS IS THE BEST OPTION

When patients are sensitized to whole allergens for cat, dog, and/or horse, their allergies are often more complex than they may seem.2,7

According to an evidence-based consensus recommendation, molecular allergy diagnosis is strongly recommended to distinguish between simultaneous sensitization and cross-reactivity (Category B Evidence).8

 

Specific IgE blood testing for furry animal allergen components can help you diagnose and manage cat, dog, and horse allergies.

 

How can furry animal allergen component blood testing help provide value
for you and your patients?

Improve diagnosis of animal allergies1,8

60–70% OF PET-SENSITIZED PATIENTS ARE SENSITIZED TO MULTIPLE PET EXTRACTS.7

Blood component testing is an integral part of diagnosis.8

Clinical
history

Whole allergen
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component testing

Component
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Personalized management


“Expanded molecular diagnosis of component dog allergens will improve diagnosis and treatment of patients. It is critically important to define the exact molecular allergens that each individual is susceptible to, since there are dramatic implications in the development of allergic disease and treatments.”4
 

Species-specific or cross-reactive?

 

Cross-reactivity is known to occur among cats, dogs, and horses.7 So, is it species-specific or cross-reactive sensitization?9

 

animal allergy cross-reactivity chart

Select a furry animal component protein below for more information

Component blood testing can help you decide in two easy steps:

 

Step 1:

 Help identify the sensitizing animals
 

Step 2:

 Help differentiate between species-specific and cross-reactive sensitization

 

Two Steps to Testing
Respiratory Symptoms from Horses

Component blood testing can help when case history is unclear. Imagine this example:

  • A patient exposed to cats, dogs, and horses has respiratory symptoms.
  • They are positive to all three whole allergens.
  • Is this true co-sensitization—in other words, are all three animals responsible for the symptoms? Or is one animal the primary driver of sensitization, while the others are cross-reactive?
  • This information could influence a patient’s or a family’s decision to get or keep a pet or help initiate effective immunotherapy.1,7,10

Component blood testing helps healthcare providers take out the guesswork.8


Download the furry animal components interpretation guide

 
Assess and predict asthma for animal allergy patients1,8,10,12

THE RISK AND SEVERITY OF ASTHMA INCREASES WITH THE NUMBER OF FURRY ANIMAL ALLERGEN COMPONENTS THE PATIENT IS SENSITIZED TO.1,8,10,12

 

Risk

The higher the specific IgE levels of certain cat or dog components the higher the risk for asthma.2

Predict

Sensitization to some cat and dog components can help predict disease development.8,10,12


Polysensitization to some cat and dog components at age four predicts risk for rhinitis, conjunctivitis, and asthma at age 16.13

Component blood testing helps healthcare providers take out the guesswork.8


Download the furry animal components interpretation guide

 
Decide on patient management8

COMPREHENSIVE SENSITIZATION PROFILE CAN HELP YOU DECIDE HOW TO MANAGE A PATIENT:

Targeted exposure reduction strategies8,9,13

It is necessary to identify the primary species for allergic sensitization before giving advice on pet selection or avoidance.7,9

Using component blood testing to inform your diagnosis can help you develop a personalized allergy action plan, including exposure reduction advice for all confirmed triggers.

Identify allergens for improved immunotherapy outcomes8,10,13

You must identify the primary species for allergic sensitization before deciding whether immunotherapy targeted at a specific species would be of clinical benefit.7,9

Successful allergy immunotherapy is more likely when treatment is matched with specific sensitization.13,14

Component blood testing helps healthcare providers take out the guesswork.8


Download the furry animal components interpretation guide


TESTING AND INTERPRETING RESULTS

Along with patient medical history, you can use furry animal component blood testing to help improve diagnosis, assess and predict asthma, and decide on patient management.1,8,11,12

Could furry animal component blood testing help improve your patients’ quality of life?
 

Without the specific knowledge gained from component blood testing, patients may:

  • Rehome or avoid animals unnecessarily
  • Feel overwhelmed from trying to avoid all possible triggers
  • Potentially waste healthcare and personal resources


With component blood testing, your patients have the help they need to improve their quality of life.

Let component blood testing be the first step toward helping your patients find consistent relief from furry animal allergies.

Find out more with Symptom Selector.

References
  1. Konradsen W, et al. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2015;135:616-625.
  2. Bjerg A et al. Pediatr Allergy Immunol. 2015;26:557–63.
  3. American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. https://acaai.org/allergies/types/pet-allergy [Accessed March 2019]
  4. Chan SK, Leung DYM. Allergy Asthma Immunol Res. 2018;10(2):97-105.
  5. Perzanowski M et al. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2016;138:1582-90.
  6. Mazan MR, et al. Occup Med. 2009;59:220-225.
  7. Borres MP, et al. Ped Allergy Immunol. 2011;22:454–461.
  8. Davila I, et al. Allergy. 2018 Jun;73(6):1206-1222.
  9. Matricardi P.M et al. EAACI Molecular Allergology User’s Guide P. M. et al PAI 2016;27(suppl23): 1-250.
  10. Patelis A, et al. Clin Exp Allergy. 2016;46:730–740.
  11. Nordlund B, et al. Allergy. 2012;67(5):661-669.
  12. Asarnoj A, et al. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2016;137:813–821.
  13. Canonica GW, et al. World Allergy Organization Journal. 2013;6(1):17.
  14. Asero R. Eur Ann Allergy Clin Immunol. 2012;44(5):183–187.