‘Researchers seek plant allergy info’ – Avacta in Veterinary Times

Avacta Animal Health had an article featured in the August 24th issue of Veterinary Times, with the title ‘Researchers seek plant allergy info’.

The article highlighted that we at Avacta Animal Health are encouraging vets to help an investigation into the native species of plant allergens affecting the nation’s pets. We are asking vets to get in touch with details of any changes they may be observing in the seasonality of allergens affecting pets they see.

We have been looking into allergic reactions to British plants during the summer and asking vets to add to the data. Our data historically shows an increase in environmental testing over June to August, with a 133 percent increase in 2010. But the seasonal peak has diminished, with submissions maintaining levels from March to November. Numbers of environmental allergen testing requests over the year do not seem to be in decline, though the seasonality of pets experiencing allergic reactions seems to be shifting. The article continued, explaining that test results show high levels of reactivity to many grass, tree and weed pollens, but based on data between April and July this year, species such as alder and horse chestnut trees and weeds such as daisy and dandelion, showed reactivity levels up to 10 per cent.

The article continued to explain that by working with the profession, it’s hoped the new and existing data can be analysed together to create a more accurate picture of seasonal changes, geographical pockets and moving statistical trends.
Janice Hogg, our senior veterinary director, said:

“We are aware of the impact of milder/wetter winters and cooler springs and the effect this can have, but we do seem to be seeing some changing trends in native species allergens and we would love to work with the wider profession in tracking and monitoring this for everyone’s benefit. We are also aware not all allergy test providers look at indigenous species of plants and insects, yet our data shows the observed frequency for these UK-specific allergens is relatively high and should be incorporated when looking at the management of allergies.”

To add your data, please email us at marketing@avacta.com