What Causes Allergies in our Pets?
Common environmental allergens are found everywhere and food allergens will be often found across many dog food brands – for the canine sufferer, their life can be rendered miserable, resulting in very poor health, a lack of energy, mood changes etc. Common environmental triggers include fleas and dust mites as well as moulds and pollens from trees, grasses, weeds and flowers. Allergies are caused by an overactive immune system that perceives harmless substances as threats. This triggers a reaction which can include any of the common symptoms we associate with allergies such as itching and sneezing.
How to Order:
If you are interested in this test, kindly contact us directly with a detailed explanation of the service you require including how many Dogs you wish to have tested. We can provide you with a personalised consultation and quote. Orders can then be place over the phone or by email.
How does the test work?
You can collect samples for this test using our home sample collection kit. We will send out your kit once we have processed your order and you may collect samples quickly and painlessly from your dog following the instructions in the kit. It’s just a simple mouth swab!
This test is designed to help you learn the sensitivities your pet may be experiencing so you can have a better understanding of what your pet may not be able to tolerate. There are a number of options available to deal with these sensitivities. We recommend discussing them with your veterinarian to find the solution that is best for you. This can include introducing a new diet to your pet, eliminating certain foods and medications.
Our test covers 150 common allergens. Each allergen is ranked in one of three ways. The dog tested may be:
- Positive for the allergen tested
- Negative for the allergen tested
- Be reacting to the allergen but levels are not high enough for a positive reading
Why should I purchase an Allergy Test for my Dog?
A dog allergy test is a powerful tool to determine exactly what is causing your dog’s discomfort. This allergy test will not only provide you with a list of the allergens that are making your dog uncomfortable or triggering their allergic reactions. The results will also provide you with detailed information about the supplements and foods you should avoid feeding to your dog at all costs and some important guidelines as to what household products, food, treats and supplements can be beneficial for your dog or for which he or she shows no allergic reaction to. You will also have details about the allergens your dog tested positive for and include dietary and lifestyle guidelines such as the use of corticosteroids, elimination diets, topical treatments, supplements; like probiotics and Omega-3 oils- and much more!
Results for this test will be sent by email after 2 weeks from receipt of samples.
CLICK HERE to view a sample report showing some of the 150 allergens tested.
– What are the most typical allergens?
- Mold spores
- Dust and house dust mites
- Insecticidal shampoo
- Rubber and plastic
– What are the most common symptoms that are commonly exhibited in dogs with allergies?
- Itchy, red, moist or scabbed skin
- Increased scratching
- Itchy, runny eyes
- Itchy ears and ear infections
- Constant licking
– Do different dog breeds suffer from different allergies?
Yes, different dog breeds may be more susceptible to specific allergies.
The following are some breeds that are sensitive to issues with food and/or airborne allergies: Maltese terrier, Pekingese, German Shepherd, Bull Terriers, Bichon Frise, English Cocker Spaniel, Brussels Griffon, American Hairless Terrier, Bohemian Terrier, Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso, American Pit Bull Terrier, Wire-Haired Fox Terrier, Chinese Crested/Powderpuff, Poodle, Irish Setter, English Bulldog, Pugs.
– How can allergies be treated?
Allergies can be managed by avoiding the allergens which trigger the allergy. It is also possible to manage the allergies through the use of medication or medicated shampoos – however, many times such treatments only mask a problem without finding the root cause. Importantly, allergies cannot actually be treated but rather managed – if a dog has an allergy, there are no actual cures that will make that allergy disappear.