Pet Allergy Testing
If your pet has allergies, he may scratch his skin during the day and even keep you awake at night by licking and scratching himself. Or maybe you’ve noticed digestive issues or hay fever symptoms. Either way, you’re probably trying to figure out how to make your pet feel better.
Allergies are usually genetic or hereditary. Unfortunately, it means that it is challenging to prevent allergies from developing. Allergies often appear when the pet is six months to three years old. You may find that seasonal allergies get better or worse if you move to a new place.
Allergy testing takes time. The first step usually involves ruling out other medical or emotional conditions that can cause similar symptoms. For example, microscopic skin mites cause skin symptoms that mimic allergies, but some allergy treatments make skin mites worse! Also, an anxious or impatient pet may lick or chew its skin, similar to nail biting in some humans.
We test for other conditions, possibly with a gentle swab to check for bacteria, yeast, mites, or other abnormalities. Blood tests (to prevent the thyroid) and other diagnostic tests may also be needed to treat allergies in pets.
If your pet is suspected of having an allergy, you can do the following:
Do a food allergy evaluation through a food test. Blood tests are inaccurate for food allergies, so you should use a food test.
It is better to do this under the supervision of an accredited veterinarian at the Parliament Veterinary Hospital. A standard blood test is used to assess environmental sensitivities. We perform skin testing by a veterinary dermatologist. These tests help determine your pet’s environmental sensitivities. Often, these tests are prescribed to include allergens specific to your city’s climate.