Pet allergies? A new vaccine could provide relief

By on September 9, 2019

If you, like about one-third of the U.S., have allergic reactions to dogs and/or cats, there’s a vaccine being developed that could help in a number of ways.

In Switzerland, as reported in this article, a vaccine called HypoCat is being tested and preliminary results are promising. The shot, given to cats in a study, is aimed at suppressing the cats’ production of a common allergen. The result is that cats who are given the shot produce high levels of antibodies that can bind and neutralize the common allergen produced by cats (Fel d 1) that many of us react to.

Dr. Gary Jennings, CEO of HypoPet AG, said in a statement, “We are pressing ahead with registration studies and discussions with European and U.S regulators with the hope of bringing this much-needed product to the market.”

In short, the vaccine would be administered to animals who produce the allergens we struggle with. Research has shown thus far minimal negative effects. One benefit outside of the obvious relief pet lovers could receive, as the previously mentioned article states, is that higher allergen tolerance could lead to fewer animals being returned to shelters. A smaller number of chronic conditions like asthma could result as well.

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