New Advances for UK Equine Allergy Testing

A new range of equine allergy tests developed using native plant allergen species to reflect the needs of UK and Northern European veterinary surgeons, has been launched by Avacta Animal Health. Using ELISA technology, the new SENSITEST equine allergy test is the only UK specific allergy test available to equine practitioners that uses non-invasive procedures, says Janice Hogg, Avacta senior veterinary director.

A horse with sweet itch with protective rugs

A horse with sweet itch with protective rugs

In the development trials, allergens were selected that showed significant levels of reactivity in horses with clinical signs compatible with allergic disease, says Ms Hogg. “Whilst many providers of allergy tests are reducing the number of allergens in their panels and providing only a global range of allergens, this research has shown it is vital to include native species of allergenic plants and insects.

“The new ELISA test, which includes allergens such as orchard grass, daisy, dandelion, nettle and horse chestnut, provides UK practitioners with a viable alternative to intradermal testing (IDT). It doesn’t require clipping and has no adverse reactions – ideal for clients who want to avoid this,” she adds.

A horse with hives

A horse with hives

The SENSITEST equine allergy test includes panels of allergens that cover the work up of food, respiratory and atopic allergic disease assisting in a more accurate diagnosis, treatment and management options, including allergen-specific immunotherapy. “It is not necessary to withdraw medications (except high dose corticosteroids) for the standardised procedure, which has excellent reproducibility and is not influenced by existing skin pathologies, all of which is really useful when working with equine clients,” adds Janice.

“To further assist equine practitioners, especially those faced with non-insured clients, the SENSITEST Equine Screening Test offers a simple positive/negative result to each panel, allowing expansion to the full panels as required to assist with treatment,” she concludes.

For more information contact your Avacta area territory manager, call customer services on 0800 3 047 047 or visit our website at www.avactaanimalhealth.com/equineallergy