What is a pet allergy test?
Pet allergy testing helps to determine the particular substances (allergens) that cause allergic reactions in your animal. Allergy testing works by assessing your pet’s immune response to common environmental allergens for dogs and cats, including pollens, grasses, dust mites, mould spores, mite and flea bites, cat or other pet dander (dead skin cells) and food.
Does my pet need an allergy test?
If you’re worried that your cat or dog may be suffering from an allergy, it’s a good idea to head to your vet to complete a pet allergy test kit.
How does a pet allergy test work?
There are two main types of cat or dog allergy tests:
How to help pets with allergies
As a rule, a good approach to treating pets with allergies includes:
How much does a pet allergy test cost?
The test we carry out at our Animal Trust surgeries involves taking a blood sample from your pet, which is then sent away to an external laboratory for antibody testing against a range of allergens to find the root cause of the symptoms. Please check our vet prices page for the current cost of a comprehensive allergy screen blood test (testing grasses, weeds, dander, other substances and a range of indoor allergen levels).
Does pet insurance cover cat and dog allergy testing?
Pet insurance may help to pay for allergy testing, if it’s recommended by your vet as the best treatment (for example if your pet is suffering from itchy skin). However, all policies vary in what they cover and what exclusions are in place. We recommend checking your policy and speaking with your insurance company to check you are covered before proceeding with the tests.