Allergy Testing for Pets
At Merrimac Valley Animal Hospital, we provide complete allergy testing for pets to ensure that we can diagnose the causes of your pet’s allergy conditions. Some symptoms that you may notice as a sign of your pet’s allergies and associated skin conditions will be vastly different from the human allergy symptoms of runny noses and sneezing. These signs in pets may include:
- Crusty, scabby skin
- Dirty, red, swollen ears
- Flaky or greasy hair coat
- Foul odor from the ears
- Hot spots
- Itching, scratching, and licking anywhere on the body
- Red, gray, or black discoloration to skin
- Thick, rough skin
- Unusual smell from the skin
- …and more
“Everyone from the receptionist to the tech to the vet were extremely nice and professional. Always a great experience.”
– David & Christine N.
Allergy Testing Options
When your pet is showing any of these signs, we recommend that you bring them into our office right away for a checkup. Our team will perform a complete physical examination to check on the symptoms you’ve identified and also to identify any other signs that may be less obvious. Pets may be the victims of environmental allergies, just like us, but they may also be allergic to human dander, fleas, or ingredients in their food! We will discuss in depth how allergies are diagnosed and conduct allergy blood tests and food trials, if needed, to ensure that your pet’s health needs are met. There are many options for treatment of allergy symptoms but the most advanced treatment options at this time are the medications Atopica and Apoquel, two very effective alternatives to steroids in the fight against allergic itch.
Schedule Your Pet’s Allergy Examination
We invite you to contact us today to schedule your pet’s allergy screening if you are noticing any of these symptoms. Allergies are treatable and your pet should not have to suffer! The Merrimac Valley Animal Hospital team can help.