Each year it seems Lucie's allergies get worse. They seem to kick in around August and tapper off some time in the fall. Our Veterinarian, Dr. Johnson, recommended that we have her tested by Heska in August last year. Heska has a product called ALLERCEPT® which is an immunotherapy treatment that they promote for pets with chronic allergies. Lucie's test results showed that she is allergic to acacia (75 HERBU), mesquite (87 HERBU), dust mites (12 HERBU), fleas (77 HERBU) and cats (12 HERBU).
As you can see in the HERBU chart Lucie's values are on the low side considering the high end is 600. I was not totally sold on starting Lucie on this at the time. This immunotherapy is relatively new and within my research I was not finding many real world reviews of its effectiveness outside of from the company and my Vet. After being reassured by my Vet that the treatment would pose no negative side effects I decided to give it a try.
Lucie started her daily drops in February and at this point I am not convinced. Her allergies were just as bad this year. Same amount of scratching resulting in fur tumbleweeds throughout the house again which Hailey believes are a delicacy. I was told that it could take a full year to see results. The ALLERCEPT® therapy drops are custom made which equals some serious cash.
Now, if I even saw the slightest decrease in her allergic reactions this year I would have no problem justifying the cost. But then, we have no acacia or mesquite trees, no cats and never even one flea. Dust, well, what can I say. I try but who really gets it all.
I'm on the fence whether I should continue her treatment or not. If you are currently using ALLERCEPT® please leave a comment about your successes or failures.