Canine Allergies


The most challenging part of any pet allergy treatment or management program is identifying the specific allergens that cause your pet to suffer. An accurate diagnosis requires a detailed patient history, an assessment of the animal’s environmental surroundings, and a full clinical examination.

However, based on a simple blood test, the ACTT Allergy Test is the first step of our comprehensive plan for the early identification and treatment of allergy relief for dogs and cats. This ELISA assay is accurate, reliable, and offers many advantages for the pet and owner alike.

Benefits of the ACTT Allergy Test: 
  • No steroid or antihistamine withdrawal required
  • No skin testing required
  • Less traumatic/invasive for the patient
  • Any veterinarian can submit a sample for testing

UNDERSTANDING CANINE ATOPY

Canine allergic disease (atopy) often presents as a skin disease, or canine atopic dermatitis (CAD). Atopy can be defined as an inherited predisposition to develop hypersensitivity to substances present in indoor and outdoor environments, resulting in reactions such as eczema (atopic dermatitis), chronic hives, allergic rhinitis and asthma.

The clinical signs of atopic dermatitis are itchy skin, characterized by severe itching, redness (erythema), face rubbing, constant chewing and licking feet. These often result in hair loss, constant ear infections, and secondary infections.

The progression of allergic disease is complex and depends on many factors:

  • Accumulation of environmental allergen exposure over time
  • Heredity
  • Impaired barrier function in the skin
  • Altered cellular immune responses
  • Secondary bacterial and yeast infections
  • Self-induced trauma


DOG BREEDS WITH A PREDISPOSITION FOR ATOPIC DERMATITIS:

Boston Terrier
Boxer
Bull Terrier
Cairn Terrier
Chihuahua
Chinese Shar-Pei
Cocker Spaniel
Dalmatian
English Bulldog
English Setter
German Shepherd
Golden Retriever
Gordon Setter
Irish Setter
Jack Russell Terrier
Labrador Retriever
Lhasa Apso
Miniature Schnauzer
Pug
Scottish Terrier
Shih Tzu
West Highland White Terrier
Wirehaired Fox Terrier
Yorkshire Terrier


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