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Allergy Testing

Allergies can make life uncomfortable for your pet. Protect them from irritation with proper testing and treatment to relieve any symptoms.

Cat playing with a dandelion in a grass field.
Cat playing with a dandelion in a grass field.

Overview

Allergies such as skin, bacterial, and food sensitivities make life uncomfortable for your pet. Protect your cat, dog, or other animal from irritating allergies with a proper diagnosis.

Why should my pet get tested for allergies?

With a proper diagnosis, a long-term treatment plan can be implemented to help relieve symptoms and improve your pet’s quality of life. Every environment is unique and every animal species and breed have their own reactions to those environments.

When should my pet get tested?

Your pet deserves to be free of discomfort. The first step in allergy treatment is preliminary testing through a routine wellness exam. If your pet is currently showing signs of discomfort, please schedule an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible. Allergic reaction symptoms include:

  • scratching

  • shaking of the head

  • rubbing of the ears or muzzle

  • licking of the feet

  • raised circular lesions

  • generalized flakiness and hair loss

  • intense itching

How does allergy testing work?

Your veterinarian is determined to help you discover the cause of your pet’s irritation. He or she will recommend the best long-term treatment plans to get your pet back on track to live a happy, healthy life. Veterinary allergy testing can be done in a variety of ways. Hypoallergenic diet testing can determine food allergies, while a specialized blood test can be done to test for allergies to different environmental allergies.

Allergy Types

Bacterial Allergy

Staph bacteria that are normally present in the environment can produce an allergic response in some dogs. In animals with poor immune systems, the bacteria can invade the deeper layers of the skin and cause an infection called pyoderma.

Contact Allergy

Contact allergies are not commonly seen in pets. This form of allergy is a local reaction to some type of chemical.

Inhalant Allergy

Inhalant allergies, or atopy, is the most common kind of allergy seen in pets. Allergic reactions may be from tree pollen, grass pollen, weed pollen, mold spores, and house dust mites.

Food Allergy

Food allergies typically take a long time to develop and can display themselves as skin problems or digestive issues.