Allergen-Specific Immunotherapy in Practice
Presented by Kathryn Cuddy MVB CertAVP(VD) MRCVS RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Dermatology
Allergen-specific immunotherapy (ASIT) is the oldest form of treatment of atopic dermatitis, yet has fallen out of favour in general practice in recent years. This is mainly due to the development of other therapies, but also due to misconceptions and confusion regarding its use. ASIT is the only treatment for allergy that can modify, or reverse, at least part of the pathogenesis of this condition, both alleviating clinical signs and preventing progression of disease. This webinar will feature a practical approach to immunotherapy, with emphasis on the following areas:
- How to ensure you have the correct diagnosis
- When and how to perform allergy testing
- How to interpret your results
- Efficacy of ASIT
- ASIT protocols and monitoring
- ASIT: the myths and misconceptions
- Practical case examples
The Pruritic Horse – Approach and Treatment
Presented by Professor Stephen D.White DVM, Dip. ACVD
Pruritus is a common presenting complaint in equine practice. This webinar will emphasise a clinical, rational approach to the main causes of pruritus in the horse: allergies, arthropods, and infections. Both diagnostic and treatment options will be explained.
The webinar will cover the following:
- The most common allergic causes of equine pruritus, including equine atopic dermatitis (environmental allergies: pollens, storage mites, etc).
- Treatment options for equine atopic dermatitis, which non-steroidal systemic medications work in the author’s experience and which do not.
- Information about urticarial (hives) and when it is involved in pruritus or allergic response.
- Types of fly control, emphasising which methods are best suited to which insect species.
- Non-flying arthropods causing pruritus and various treatments.
- Consideration of secondary bacterial infections as a cause of pruritus.
ATOPIC DERMATITIS – TAILORING THE SOLUTION TO FIT THE PROBLEM
Presented by Professor Richard Halliwell MA VetMB PhD DECVD MRCVS and Dr. Kirsten Pantenburg Dr.Med.Vet Cert AVP(VD) MRCVS
The past 15 years has seen a number of innovative new treatments for canine atopic dermatitis (CAD) enter the market. However these are not “cure alls” and are no substitute for a systematic approach that targets the underlying disease and secondary complications.
The webinar reviews:
• The underlying pathogenesis and a description of new treatments
• A brief review of the diagnostic features
• A series of cases with differing features of CAD (but not all of which are suffering from that disease)
For each case, treatment options will be discussed focussing on tailoring treatment to the individual case. The webinar will conclude with a discussion of flare factors and the approach to non-responders.
FOOD ALLERGY WEBINAR – GETTING THE BEST FROM DIET TRIALS.
PRESENTED BY DR TIM NUTTALL BSC BVSC CERTVS PHD CBIOL MRSB MRCVS
The webinar goes into detail on how to get the best from diet trials, in particular it discusses the following:
- Defining food allergy syndromes
- Clinical features of adverse food reactions
- Selecting appropriate foods using history, serology and other tests
- How best to follow up diet trials
- Hidden allergens in foods, novel foods and food cross-reaction
- How hydrolysed does a food need to be?
- The role of the gut microbiome and probiotics
MANAGING THE PRURITIC DOG AND CAT IN THE LIGHT OF THE LATEST RESEARCH: DON’T FORGET THE BASICS FOR OPTIMAL RESULTS.
- 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.
- the key questions to ask owners
- the steps to follow to carry out a thorough clinical examination that will help you avoid common mistakes in case management
- the most appropriate and cost-effective therapeutic options in the management of your pruritic canine patients