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Dogs and cats can be allergic to various environmental elements. This can result in a variety of symptoms, such as runny eyes and nose, chewing and scratching, excessive licking of the skin and paws, shaking of head and ears, and reoccurring skin infections. To manage and treat these conditions and to relieve the symptoms it often requires pet allergy testing.
When we test for pet allergies, we use various methods including blood allergy analysis and food trials. It is important to identify the underlying cause of your pet’s medical condition to develop an effective treatment. Pet skin and allergy conditions are often difficult to diagnosis without the assistance of pet allergy testing. We offer several types of allergy tests performed by our veterinary team to ensure your pet receives the proper diagnosis and treatment.
One option is to perform an allergy test by using a blood sample from your pet. The blood is tested for a wide variety of allergen antibodies to identify the specific cause of your pet’s allergic reaction. Once we know what your pet is allergic to, we can then manage and treat the conditions and thus relieve the symptoms.
Food allergy testing is performed by conducting specialized hypoallergenic diet trials on dogs and cats. Various proteins and carbohydrates are isolated to find the proper combination that works best for your pet.
After the source of the allergen is identified, we can design an effective treatment specific to your pet. One option is to desensitize your pet to the allergen by using allergy shots or drops. In the event of a food allergy, we can find alternative pet food and treats.
Please contact us to schedule an appointment or to discuss any concerns you may have regarding your pet’s allergies.
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