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Targeted Pet Allergy Testing Promotes Proper Treatment

Allergy Testing for Pets at The Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic

Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic offers the latest in pet allergy testing for your dogs and cats. There are several types of allergy tests performed by veterinary dermatologists to ensure your pet receives the proper diagnosis and treatment. The goal of allergy testing is to identify specific substances that are causing an allergic reaction, so that desensitization through allergy shots may be attempted.

Veterinary Intradermal Skin Allergy Testing

As specialists in veterinary dermatology, we use a method of allergy testing known as intradermal skin testing. This involves the injection of very small amounts of pollens (from trees, weeds, and grasses), molds, and insect extracts into the superficial layers of the skin. The test is administered under a light sedative/analgesic so that your pet feels no discomfort. This is the gold standard method for veterinary allergy testing. It is offered to you and your pet as our typical allergy testing protocol, as we feel it is the most reliable method.

Pet Food Allergy Testing

An important point to understand is that neither blood testing nor intradermal skin testing is useful for identifying allergies to foods. Although some companies offer blood tests for food allergy, we cannot promote their use. For the same reason, we do not offer skin testing for food allergy. Instead, we use specialized hypoallergenic diet trials containing novel or hydrolyzed ingredients.

Veterinary Blood Allergy Testing

Many non-specialists will use blood allergy testing methods. There is a great deal of controversy about the reliability of blood testing, since the organ that is affected (the skin) is not the organ being tested for a reaction. There are several different types of blood tests offered by biomedical companies, which vary in accuracy of results and in success rates when allergy shots are based on these results. We do not recommend or administer blood allergy testing at our clinic.

As specialists in veterinary dermatology, it is our duty to offer cutting-edge treatments and service. Our promise to our clients is to seek the answer to your pet’s allergy problem with the least amount of tests, procedures, and medication to achieve the best possible outcome for your pet.

Please contact us to schedule an appointment or to discuss any concerns you may have regarding your pet’s allergies.