How Do We Determine a Pet Has Allergies?
There are three main components to how we determine your pet has
1. The history the owner describes. The history that you
provide as the owner is extremely important; what is the pet doing?
Scratching? Biting? Is it seasonal or all year round? Worse at different
times of the year? The list of questions is quite long and your
veterinarian will ask the appropriate ones for your pet.
2. How does the pet look? The physical exam by your veterinarian
becomes extremely important. Are there fleas or ticks? Is there
inflammation? Where is the irritation? Is an infection of any sort
3. Testing... We can perform a skin test or a blood test
to try and determine what the pet is allergic to and hopefully we
can then eliminate it from the pet's environment. This is an important
part of the puzzle, but since nothing is 100% accurate, you need
to have (1) and (2) along with (3) to be sure you come to the correct