Our dog sensitivity test – insightful yet affordable
Our dog allergy test is a very useful and affordable tool to determine the sensitivities and intolerances that may be impacting your dog’s quality of life. Problems with such uncomfortable sensitivities are the #2 reason for visiting the vet.
This test will provide you with a list of the allergens that are potentially making your dog unhappy or triggering reactions.
The results provide information about foods and supplements that would be of potential benefit if eliminated from the dog’s diet plus a guide as to what household products, food, treats and supplements can be beneficial for your dog or for which they show no reaction to. You will also have detailed information 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.
What causes allergies?
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. Reactions are caused by an overactive immune system that perceives harmless substances as threats. This will trigger reactions which can include common symptoms such as itching and sneezing.
Over 110 allergens tested with this test
The intolerance level of the dog to each allergen is ranked in one of three ways:
- Strong Intolerance – positive for the allergen tested
- No Intolerance – negative for the allergen tested
- Mild Intolerance – be reacting to the allergen but levels are not high enough for a positive reading
View the full list of allergens tested for in this test.
Take a look at the test results
Results for this test will be sent by email around 3-4 weeks from receipt of samples at the laboratory. Why don’t you take a look at a sample report of this canine test?
Collecting samples for this test
You can collect samples for this test using our specific testing kit. We will send out the kit once we have processed your order and you may collect samples quickly and painlessly from your dog following the instructions in the kit. View sample collection by clicking here.
The Dog Allergy test is not a DNA test. It is also not a typical allergy test. This test uses the proteins in the dog’s system to help you learn the sensitivities and intolerances your pet may be experiencing so you can have a better understanding of what they 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 canine or eliminating certain foods and medications.
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 an intolerance or sensitivity?
- 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 reactions and intolerances be treated?
Reactions can be managed by avoiding the allergens which trigger them. For example, if your pet has a sensitivity to a particular food item then eliminating this from their diet will help eliminate the negative impact. It is also possible to manage them through the use of medication or medicated shampoos – however, many times such treatments only mask a problem without finding the root cause. Also since more than one allergen may be causing reactions in your dog this may require more than action to eliminate all discomfort and reactions. We strongly advocate involving your vet in all decisions regarding what actions to take.