Pets, specifically cats, dogs, and horses, may have allergies. These can manifest through hay fever-like symptoms (sneezing, runny nose, and irritated eyes). They can also develop into skin problems, including itchy skin, balding patches, hives, acne (common in cats), and “hot spots” (red, raised patches). Allergies can also lead to swollen paws and paw licking/chewing in cats and dogs.

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Pallergy sublingual allergy drops provide a simple solution for allergies in dogs, cats and horses. It is called sublingual immunotherapy.

What is sublingual immunotherapy?

Prescribed by an allergy veterinarian, sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) for cats, dogs and horses is the application of allergy immunotherapy through oral drops. Allergy immunotherapy is the only treatment proven to be able to treat the underlying allergic disease in pets—not just its symptoms.

With the oral version of immunotherapy, the allergy drops (which contain extracts of the most common allergens) are dispensed in the mouth where they absorb into the bloodstream through specialized cells. The daily drops can help the help pets develop an immunity to allergens in the environment so they stop overreacting to them in ways that lead to allergy symptoms.

Sublingual immunotherapy for pets is an effective way of dealing with allergic skin conditions (broadly referred to as atopic dermatitis or atopy) as well as other allergy symptoms.

Why choose sublingual immunotherapy over other allergy medications?

Allergy veterinarians often prescribe steroids and antihistamines to help with cat, dog and horse allergy symptoms (atopic dermatitis, itching, hot spots, etc.) These synthetic medications can have troubling side effects, though, especially when dosed long-term. Pallergy drops, however, are nature-based and free from the side effects of synthetic medications.

Another problem with antihistamines and steroids is that they only address the symptoms of allergy. Since they don’t tackle the underlying allergy, when pets stop taking them, symptoms often return. SLIT, on the other hand, provides a long-term solution.

What is the difference between allergy shots and allergy drops for pets?

The objective of allergy relief is the same between allergy shots and drops—both desensitize the immune system to allergens in the environment. The mechanism is the difference (shots inject the antigen into the body, drops allow it to be absorbed through oral cells).

The benefit to sublingual immunotherapy is that it is administered in a pain-free manner and that it is safer than shots so it can be administered at home.

If your pet is suffering with allergies, consider sublingual immunotherapy drops from a Pallergy allergy veterinarian for your pet.