Allergy testing and your pet
Like us, pets can also experience allergies. Springtime pollen, irritating shampoos, and even food allergies can be a plight for pets. Luckily, allergy testing can often identify the cause of your pet’s reaction.
How is it done?
Your pet can be screened for a list of environmental allergens with a simple blood test. The sample is sent to a laboratory where tests will determine the most likely cause of your pet’s allergy. Intradermal skin testing is also available.
How does it help?
The best treatment for an allergy once identified is to avoid contact or reduce exposure with the offending substance. However, this is not always possible. In many cases, intermittent treatment is necessary. There are many medications available ranging from injections, low allergy foods, steroids, antibiotics, antihistamines, special shampoos or supplements just to name a few. Some pets may benefit from desensitising vaccines specially formulated based on allergy testing results. Sometimes allergies cannot be cured and we aim to control of your pet’s symptoms whilst minimising the need for additional medications
How successful is it?
Dogs and cats, like people, are individuals. No two dogs or cats are exactly the same and neither are their allergies. Therefore, some patients will respond better than others. Desensitisation allergy injections are not a quick cure for your pet’s allergies. As treating your pets allergies can be for a significant time, if not life long, it is important to discuss treatment options with your nearest Greencross Vet
What is the treatment process?
The initial blood test is taken in a normal veterinary appointment. When the treatment vials are analysed by a laboratory, a regime of injections is commenced. If your pet develops clinical symptoms of their allergy during treatment, they can be controlled by the use of specific medications that may include antibiotics or shampoos.
Your Greencross Vet will administer the injections during tailored, scheduled visits. Speak with your local Greencross Vet if you are concerned about allergies in your pet.