I’ve tried everything and nothing works!
Because allergies are incurable, it can be frustrating to try things and not see results. As dermatology and allergy experts, we bring more testing, resources and expertise to the table, which can lead to much better outcomes. Dr. Valentine is a board-certified veterinary dermatologist and has seen hundreds of cases with many positive results to […]
I already have my pet on a special diet. Why are they still suffering?
Food allergies account for up to approximately 30% of pets with allergies, but they can be layered with allergies to house dust mites, pollens, grasses, and trees, which makes it hard to treat with diet alone. And because there is no accurate food allergy testing available in veterinary medicine, a change in diet might only […]
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 […]
What does allergy testing entail?
Our allergy testing is done by looking at your pet’s immune response to particular environmental allergens. There is no accurate food allergy testing available in veterinary medicine which means our tests looks for environmental allergens only. There are 2 ways to perform allergy testing: Intradermal skin test: in some ways the most accurate test. This […]
What can I do while I wait for a consult?
If you’re concerned about lesions on your pet’s body, itching, or secondary infections, please see your family veterinarian. If care is needed outside of business hours, see an Emergency Veterinarian. If your pet is stable but uncomfortable, a cool soothing bath can alleviate some discomfort. You can use cool cloths and gentle shampoos. Treats help too.
What can I expect from the first visit?
If you’re the pet’s primary caregiver, it’s important that you’re here for the first dermatology consultation so that we have the most information possible, and we can walk you through the initial choices for your pet. When we meet you and your pet, we’ll review your pet’s medical records, then our dermatologist will do a […]