Pet Allergy Testing

Here at Pet Derm, we perform extensive intradermal allergy testing that helps identify as many as 80 potential environmental allergic triggers!

Allergy Testing Preparation

Based on these results we formulate your pet’s own antigen-specific immunotherapy which is not only considered the best treatment for managing environmental allergies but is also long-term the safest therapy when compared to symptomatic treatments such as steroids, Apoquel (oclacitinib), Atopica (cyclosporine), etc.

Prior to performing an intradermal allergy test on your pet, there are some medications that need to be discontinued so that they do not interfere with test results.

Drug Withdrawal Time
Dog Cat
Topical Steroids (Eyes, Ears) 10 Days 10 Days
Genesis spray (steroid spray) 3 Weeks 3 Weeks
Prednisone/Prednisolone (Oral Steroid) 4 Weeks 14 Days
Dexamethasone injection 4 Weeks 4 Weeks
Triamcinolone Acetonide (Vetalog) 6 Weeks N/A
Methylprednisolone (Depo Medrol) 6 Weeks 6 Weeks
Antihistamines (Benadryl, Zrytec, etc.) 10-14 Days 10-14 Days
Tranquilizers (Acepromazine) 3 Days N/A
Oclacitinib (Apoquel) 2 Days N/A
Lokivetmab (Cytopoint) No withdrawal is needed! N/A

What if I do not want to intradermal allergy test (skin test) my pet?

There is serum/blood environmental allergy testing available. Blood allergy testing may be recommended in place of skin allergy testing based on certain conditions. Medications that the pet needs to remain on that may interfere with skin allergy testing, comorbidities that pose a sedation risk, and/or other skin issues may prompt a recommendation to perform blood allergy testing. Please note that blood allergy test results can sometimes take up to 2 weeks to receive results.