Dog Allergy Testing and Diagnosis
For many pet owners, allergy testing their dog has become part of routine checkups. At our office, most of our clients now choose to perform skin testing instead of blood tests. This is because of the fact that allergy skin tests are faster and more accurate than the blood tests. However, if you are considering allergy skin testing for your dog, you should understand that there are many different types of allergy skin tests. In addition, it is important to realize that even the best allergy test will only tell you whether or not your dog is allergic to something, it will not tell you what type of things he is allergic to or how severe his reaction is.
The standard gold standard of canine dog allergy testing is intadermal skin testing. For this procedure, your dog would first have to visit a veterinarian and be sedated with a series of doses of medications to induce him to lie down on a surface where a tiny amount of irritant is applied. He will then get small doses of various allergens under his skin and then be monitored closely for signs of any signs of discomfort or any allergic reaction. After the entire procedure, a special microscopic examination of the injected substances can be taken to identify all of the allergens.
It is important to note that blood testing for dogs is considerably less expensive than oral allergy tests, although it takes longer. Although you can purchase kits for blood testing at your local pharmacy, it is still a good idea to go to a specialist. There is a much greater chance of a correct diagnosis when the tests are performed by an expert. It is also generally recommended that blood tests are performed on a regular basis to ensure that there are no serious health conditions or allergies that your dog is suffering from.
Another important thing to remember when considering dog allergy testing and treatment is that it is critical that you get help from a qualified vet as soon as possible. The most important thing to remember is to not assume that your pet has a mild or moderate case of allergies. Very often dogs suffer from severe allergic reactions that can negatively affect their health and shorten their lives. If you suspect that your dog may be allergic to something, it is important that you contact a vet right away. Not only will a vet be able to recommend the best course of action for treatment, they will also be able to help you understand what your dog's allergic reaction is and how his health might be affected if treatment is not taken early.
There are a number of nutriscan dog allergy test reviews that can be found online. These reviews provide useful information about which tests are available, how they work, and what results you can expect. When reading a nutriscan dog allergy test review you will likely find information about the number of allergens tested on each animal, what type of animals the samples come from, and which types of samples have been proven to be positive. You can learn a great deal about specific dog allergy testing by looking at these specific reviews.
Many vets encourage owners to use all-natural methods of treating dog allergies. For many years, conventional medications were the standard for treating canine allergies. Unfortunately, these conventional medications often worked less than well and sometimes caused unwanted side effects. When using all natural, non-toxic homeopathic treatments, you can reduce your pet's chances of developing an adverse reaction to the drugs, which can greatly reduce the amount of treatment required.
Some of the more common symptoms of allergies in dogs include sneezing, coughing, runny nose, red eyes, itching and watery eyes. Although allergies are a very common occurrence in dogs, they don't always mean that the dog itself is causing any problems. In fact, allergies are more often caused by a change in the dog's environment or by the food that the dog is eating. Therefore, it's important to rule out other causes of allergic reactions before you move forward with treatment.
Some veterinarians and allergists recommend the use of immunotherapy, which is used to treat allergies and chronic conditions like atopy, or the common skin condition known as atopic dermatitis. This process involves using a specialized needle that is injected into the infected area to deliver special anti-allergy proteins directly into the blood stream. In addition to being an effective treatment for atopic dermatitis, immunotherapy can also be used to treat other canine skin disorders such as ringworm and athlete's foot.