Allergy Care and Treatment

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Spectrum Labs offers allergy testing and treatment for canine, feline and equine allergies .  More than 30% of all skin irritations in these animals can be attributed to allergies.  Allergens cause reactions through skin contact, inhalation or ingestion.  Allergic animals contain atibodies to the specific irriating allergen that cause changes in the body to produce allergy symptoms resulting in scratching, feet licking and chewing, face rubbing.  If allergies become more severe, the chewing may eventually lead to bacterial skin infections and large open sores.

Food allergies can also cause skin problems, but may also lead to vomiting and diarrhea.  Seasonal allergies are very common and result from the increase in allergens you pet is allergic and exposed to during certain times of the year.  Your pet is going to be allergic to pollen for example throughout the entire year, but as spring and summer approach, the pollen count dramatically increases and therefore increases your pets exposure and send them over their limit of what their immune system can handle.

How do you diagnose allergies?

After a thorough examination, you vet will decide if allergy testing is an appropriate option for your pet.  Having ruled out all other possible causes, a blood sample will be taken and submitted to Spectrum Labs for diagnostic evaluation.  There it will be tested for sensitivity to inhalents such as certain pollens, food types used in commercial dog/cat foods and treats, and potential environmental allergens such as grasses, house dust and smoke.

What is the treament involved?

The best form of treatment for allergies is avoidance fo the offending allergen/s.  In most cases this is not possible and steroid drugs are often used for SHORT TERM relief of symptoms.  Use of steroids does contain side effects so Hyposensitization (allergy shots) is another alternative.  Treatment sets are devloped and formulated specifically for your pet based off of the allergy blood testing done earlier.  The treatment injections are given in increasing concentrations all in effort to build up your pets tolerance to the allergens involved.  The goal is to ehance the immune system to the allergies so your pet can be more comfortable without the worry of side effects.

How effective is treatment?

There are some allergies that decrease with time and treatment.  Other times a pet may need continued allergy shots to maintain tolerance to the specific allergens.  Improvement in most cases is seen within 3-5 months of treatment at which injections are only given monthly.  Food allergies need to be carefully scrutanized by the owner since they cannot be hyposensitized by allergy treatment.  Spectrum labs will supply a list of food recommended for their specific allergies.

For detailed information and commonly asked questions, please visit Spectrum Labs website at  This will help guide you through the steps of allergy testing and give you a better idea of what to expect.

For owner's starting allergy injections for the first time, click here to  be able to download a personalized schedule of your pet's injections including dates and amounts.

To view educational videos directly from Spectrum Labs, go to WWW.YOUTUBE.COM and type in vetallergyspot in the search box.  There you will find valuable information about who spectrum labs are, what they do, and indepth education on what allergies are.