Why do we do an allergy test?

The goal of allergy testing is not to ‘diagnose’ an allergy in your pet. A diagnosis is made with a dermatological history, a dermatological exam, ruling out other causes of itching, and coming to the clinical diagnosis of Atopic Dermatitis – or hypersensitivities to environmental allergens. Once the diagnosis is made, the purpose of the allergy test is to formulate an immunotherapy for your pet. Immunotherapy (allergy shots (SCIT) or allergy drops (SLIT)) consists of giving tiny little bits of what your pet is allergic to to your pet, and then given in increasing doses over time. This will create immune-tolerance where your pet gets used to the allergen and controls the symptoms of the allergy.

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