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DERMATOLOGY: DIAGNOSING ALLERGY IN CATS AND DOGS BY BLOOD TESTING

YVCipedia DERMATOLOGY
ALLERGY BLOOD TESTING FOR CATS AND DOGS

There are several options for allergy blood tests for dogs. These are all single blood draws, including the combined panels,  and we usually have test results in less than a week. The costs might vary a bit from what is written here.

ALLERGEN PRELIMINARY PANEL  Tests for sensitivity to 4 different environmental allergen groups: mites/molds, grasses, weeds and trees, and insects. This relatively inexpensive screening test is used to determine whether or not a patient has evidence of allergies to any items in these groups. If the test is positive, then further testing, using the panels listed below, is necessary to determine the specific allergens that affect the pet. Then results of the preliminary panel cannot be used to prepare immunotherapy (allergy shots) for the pet. If the test is negative then the pet does not have significant evidence of allergy and further testing is not worthwhile. $44. 

REGIONAL ALLERGEN PANEL  Specific for the Northeast, this blood test screens for evidence of allergy to pollens from grasses trees and weeds, molds, fleas, and mites. $192.

INSECT ALLERGEN PANEL  This blood test screens for 12 insect allergens, including black ant, caddisfly, cockroach mix, Culicoides, deerfly, fire ant, horsefly, Lepidoglyphus destructor (storage mite), mayfly and mosquito. $132. 

FARM AND STABLE ALLERGEN PANEL  This blood test screens for cat dander, grain dusts, grain smuts, molds (Candida albicans and Rhodotorula mucilaginosa) and pollens (alfalfa, bromegras, clover, corn, cultivated oats, cultivated rye, and orchard grass).  $132.

MALASSEZIA ADD-ON ALLERGEN PANEL  This test for the Malassezia yeast is only available as an add-on to any of the other panels. $28.

REGIONAL PLUS FARM AND STABLE PANEL  $260.

REGIONAL PLUS FARM AND STABLE PLUS INSECT PANEL $325.

REGIONAL PLUS INSECT PANEL  $260.

FOOD ALLERGY  There are blood test panels available for food allergy, but these tests are not reliable and we do not recommend using them. The only way to reliably test for food allergy is to feed a hypoallergenic diet. The only hypoallergenic diets that would work for a food trial are diets you would purchase from a veterinarian or diets you would prepare at home using instructions from a veterinarian. You cannot purchase a hypoallergenic diet at the pet store regardless of what the store might claim.

Yarmouth Vet Center
2016

For related information, please see the Dermatology section of the YVCipedia. You can find the YVCipedia on our website, yarmouthvetcenter.com. 

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