Professional Testing & Treatment for Cat and Dog Allergies
Veterinary Skin Testing for Allergies
To date, the only reliable way to diagnose environmental allergies in dogs and cats is through intradermal (skin) testing. Commercial blood tests for canines and felines are available, but have proven controversial due to inaccurate results. Currently, Long Animal Hospital has the ability to test for 39 allergens—grasses, weeds, trees, mold, insects, household dust, and others—with consistently high success rates in controlling allergy symptoms. Licking, chewing, scratching, rubbing, recurrent skin infections, and hot spots are common signs of allergies in pets.
Learn the symptoms of pet allergies to stay aware, and alert your veterinarian to help keep your dog or cat protected.
Solutions to Allergies in Pets
Depending on the nature of your pet’s allergic reaction, our veterinarians will be able to assist in controlling long-term effects. However, there is no cure for allergies. Our goal is to reduce the severity of symptoms through preventive measures and by eliminating allergens wherever we can. Recommendations on how to take care of allergens at home are a big part of treatment, especially if your pet is dealing with an allergy caused by dust or plant-based materials.
Dermatology: The Allergy Connection
For treatment of abnormal skin reactions, or “dermatitis,” our veterinarians must first root out causal factors. Most skin and coat issues fall into one of several categories:
Through rigorous testing, we can evaluate the nature of any skin reaction and determine if allergies may be to blame.
Once diagnosed, our veterinarians will help you develop a plan to keep your animal companion’s symptoms—allergic or otherwise—from re-emerging, with specially formulated foods and supplements designed for allergy control available to boost this effort.
Long Animal Hospital invites you to contact us if you would like to make an appointment for your pet, especially if you suspect dermatological and/or allergic reactions are affecting your companion.
“The timeliness of my check in and wait time - both in the lobby and exam room - was impressive. I hated going to another vet clinic due to the long wait times which is very stressful on these animals (and their people, too). Dr. R. Killough wasted no time in accessing the situation. He zeroed in quickly and efficiently, ordering the correct tests. Excellent diagnosis quickly given. I came to Long's precisely because I was not getting satisfaction elsewhere. Here there were immediate results and guidance for going forward Dr. Killough also explained everything thoroughly and never acted insulted by our 'stupid' questions.”