Our Therapies

Treatment of allergic disease can broadly be split into two categories, both of which are equally as important to consider:


  • Proactive management – long-term strategies to prevent flare-ups
  • Reactive management – immediate treatment of acute symptoms


In the early stages of the diagnosis and disease, it is important to provide both the animal and owner with short term relief from the clinical signs. However, it’s crucial not to forget the need for a long-term strategy for this lifelong condition. A flexible and multi-modal approach, which includes a method for controlling the primary disease, is the best option for achieving sustained success.


Allergen specific immunotherapy remains the only therapy capable of modifying the natural course of a pre-existing hypersensitivity, resulting in the establishment of long-term clinical tolerance1,2.

Allergen-Specific Immunotherapy (ASIT) - tailor-made for each patient

Allergen-specific immunotherapy is a proven, effective treatment for allergies. Over time, injected allergens stimulate the immune system with the aim of reaching immunological tolerance. This type of therapy is recommended by The International Committee on Allergic Diseases of Animals (ICADA), and is widely used by dermatologists to target the root cause of allergy.


Key Points:

  • Available for dogs, cats and horses
  • 50-80% efficacy rate3-5
  • Safe for long-term use
  • Easy and quick to administer
  • Cost effective
  • Delivered with in 12-15 working days


Administration and dosage:

  • Maximum of 8 allergens per vial
  • Administered by subcutaneous injection
  • Loading regime over 12 weeks
  • Monthly maintenance dose of 1ml
  • One vial of therapy lasts for 10 months
  • Therapy can be given at home by owner where appropriate

Staphage Lysate® (SPL) - a long-term solution for recurrent canine pyoderma

Staphage Lysate®

There is a currently an ongoing (potentially long-term) supply issue for this therapy. Unfortunately, at this time point, we are unable to give an indication of when the product may be available again.

If you would like to be updated with further information regarding availability, have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please contact our Technical Support Team at technical.support@avacta.com or phone on 0800 3 047 047.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience or concerns this situation may cause.


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  2. Morales CA, Schultz KT and DeBoer DJ Antistaphylococcal antibodies in dogs with recurrent staphylococcal pyoderma. Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology 1994; 42: 137- 1476.
  3. Chen T, Halliwell REW, Pemberton AD et al. Identification of major allergens of Malassezia pachydermatis in dogs with atopic dermatitis and Malassezia overgrowth. Veterinary Dermatology 2002, 13: 141–1507.
  4. Bexley J, Nuttall TJ, Hammerberg B et al. Serum anti-Staphylococcus pseudintermedius IgE and IgG antibodies in dogs with atopic dermatitis and nonatopic dogs. Vet Dermatol. 2013; 24: 19-24.e5-6.
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  7. Fischer NM, Rostaher A and Favrot C (2019). Allergen-specific immunotherapy in dogs with atopic dermatitis: a comparison of subcutaneous, intralymphatic and sublingual administration. In: Proceedings of the 31st Annual Congress of the European Society and College of Veterinary Dermatology, Liverpool, 2019.
  8. Jackson, H.A. & Mueller, R.S (2007). Atopic dermatitis and adverse food reactions. In: BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Dermatology, 3rd ed. BSAVA, Gloucester, UK, 130-140.
  9. JH Carlotti et al. (2013). A retrospective survey of the results of allergen-specific immunotherapy in 205 atopic dogs in Aquitaine, France (1989-2001). Prat Med Chir Anim Comp, 48: 41-7.
  10. Nuttall et al. (1998). Retrospective survey of allergen immunotherapy in canine atopy. Veterinary Record, 143: 139-142.
  11. DeBoer DJ, Moriello KA, Thomas CB, Schultz KT. (1990) Evaluation of a commercial staphylococcal bacterin for management of idiopathic recurrent superficial pyoderma in dogs. AM J Vet Res, 51(4): 636-9.