Oregon Veterinary Referral Associates-Dermatology
                       Oregon Veterinary Referral Associates-Dermatology

Allergy Testing Information

What is allergy testing?
Many pets are referred for “allergy testing.” The accuracy and purpose of this test is often misunderstood by many people, including very well-intended veterinarians. Allergy testing WILL NOT tell you what you can remove from your home to make your pet better. Allergy testing does not diagnose food allergies. We will take time to discuss this testing, when it is appropriate to do, and how it is done, and decide if it the right thing for you and your pet.
 

Allergy testing tells us to which allergens your pet is allergic to. We use this information to better understand the pet's allergies and to design an allergy serum (or allergy vaccine, immunotherapy, desensitization.)


Allergy testing is done by a skin test (intradermal allergy test, or IDAT) and/or a blood allergy test. At Veterinary Allergy and Dermatology Services, we do blood allergy testing. Allergy testing is not used so much for making a diagnosis of allergies as it is in designing immunotherapy (see below.) The diagnosis of atopy/inhalant allergies is made by ruling out all other causes of itching and infections.

                         We are not doing skin testing at this time.



What about "allergy injections" or "allergy drops?"

Based on the allergy test results, we can formulate an "allergy serum" or "allergen-specific immunotherapy." Immunotherapy involves giving the pet injections or oral drops of the things they reacted to in small but increasing quantities. Over time, the effort with this is to "retrain" the pet's immune system to be less reactive to those allergens and prevent the signs of the allergy from happening.
Not all pets respond to the immunotherapy; approximately 70% of dogs and 50-60% of cats respond to those injections.


What about food allergies?
We do not perform skin or blood testing for food allergies. The best way to diagnose or rule out a food allergy is to do a restricted diet for a specified time period as directed. For more information, please see the "Food Allergies" page.

 

What if I am coming a long way and want to get as much done in one visit as possible?


We get this question a lot. This is something that can be done at the visit but we like to discuss with you what allergy testing typically entails, what it is used for and if it is right for you and your pet.



Contact/Address

Oregon Veterinary Referral

Dermatology 

5105 Main St

Springfield, OR 97478

 

**PARKING IS LOCATED BEHIND THE CLINIC**

 

Phone

541 988 5458

541 726 1100

 

Text only #: 541-603-9441

 

Office Hours

Mon/Tue/Thur/Fri 9a-5p

Wed 9a-4p (pickups only)

Closed Saturday and Sunday

Our current hours are Mon/Tue/Thur/Fri 9a-5p and Wednesdays 9a-4p for pickups only.  Please call (541) 988-5458 or (541) 726-1100 for more info or to schedule an appointment.

 

We are closed on

Saturday and Sunday.

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