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Allergy testing at All Creatures Veterinary Services

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Allergy & Allergy Testing

Allergies can make your dog and sometimes cat miserable, but allergies in dogs and cats are treatable. Allergies your pet can have include:

  • Flea allergy
  • Food allergy
  • Atopy, or allergic inhalant dermatitis (air borne or contact induced allergies)

The symptoms of allergies in your pet include skin problems (chronic recurring bacterial and yeast infections, excessive licking at their paws, backs, and abdomens. Obsessive scratching at the face, ears and chewing at their flanks.  Overproductive anal glands and chronic scooting.  Eye tearing and sneezing.  If your pet is exhibiting any of these symptoms, please give us a call to have your pet seen as soon as possible.

We Offer Allergy Testing and Treatment

Allergy tests can help identify the specific allergens causing your pet’s allergy problem. Many items can cause your pets allergies, including pollens, grasses, dander, insect proteins, molds and even house dust. Foods are often a source of allergens for your pet as well.

When we test your pet for allergies, we take a small blood sample from your pet, and it is sent to a laboratory for specialized testing. This method of testing is called serum allergy testing. Allergy tests can help identify the specific allergens causing your pet’s allergy problem. Once we have identify the list of allergens your pet’s immune system is reacting to, we will treat your pet using a specialized serum containing small quantities of these allergens formulated specifically for your pet.

Is Allergy Testing Safe?

Very few risks are associated with performing allergy testing. Drawing your pet’s blood takes only a few seconds and we are highly trained and experienced to ensure your pet is not injured during this process.

Do All Allergic Pets Require Testing?

No, many pets only exhibit seasonal allergies which can often be controlled with medications and medicated bathes. Food allergies can often be controlled with special diets containing limited hypo-allergic ingredients. All pets are individuals and each requires and deserves the proper attention to their specific needs.