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Seasonal allergies are brought on by factors only present during specific times of the year, such as tree, grass pollen, dust mites, molds and mold mites, flea bites and fresh grass in the summer.  And here in the UAE, we always see an increase in the number of visits especially during summer season because of these pet skin-related conditions.

What are the signs of seasonal allergies in pets?

There is a slight difference when it comes to animals’ allergic reactions especially in dogs compare to those of humans. The most common signs that owners are firstly noticing involves recurring ear infections & skin itching, and in some other dogs, red & swollen eyes, clear runny nose, and some fits of sneezing are also being seen.

When the immune system cannot suppress and becomes tolerant of an allergen, allergic reaction occurs. These allergens include molds, pollens, dust, fleas, food, and other substances. Allergic reactions occur via skin contact, ingestion and/or through inhalation. In allergic animals, they have antibodies to the specific allergen that goes haywire with inflammatory response and causes biochemical changes in the body; e.g allergic symptoms.

How are seasonal allergies in pets diagnosed?

If you notice that your pet is scratching a lot, chewing, biting its skin excessively, rubbing against the wall or floor, or continuously licking more than usual, it’s worth bringing him in for a consultation with a veterinarian.

Based upon your pet’s history, a physical exam and laboratory tests, your vet can tell you if your dog is experiencing seasonal allergies or because of an underlying issue that requires more attention. And for animals with recurrent symptoms that responds poorly with medications, allergy testing is being recommended as the next step of the diagnostics.

What is Spectrum Allergy Test?

Spectrum allergy testing can be very effective in identifying the underlying cause of skin irritations like atopic dermatitis. Its subsequent treatment works to not only increase an animal’s tolerance to offending allergens but also provides the convenience of a steroid-independent testing methodology. This test can provide lasting relief from allergy and allergy-related symptoms that your pets struggle with.

It has a total of 91 of the most common allergens that aids to a more complete understanding of the animal’s immune system and its allergic reaction.

The panels includes:

  • Trees
  • Grasses
  • Weeds
  • Fungi 
  • Epidermal
  • House Dust
  • Indoors
  • Insects
  • Fleas
  • Staph
  • Malassezia
  • Free Food Panel

How does the Spectrum Allergy Testing works?

After ruling out parasites, skin infections and other causes of pruritus (itchy skin) on your pet’s skin condition, your veterinarian will recommend performing an allergy test. A small amount of blood will be withdrawn and will be sent to an external laboratory. The process works by introducing the blood serum to a regionally specific allergenic extract and based on how the serum will react to the extract, an allergy can easily be determined.

How do we treat pet allergies?

The best treatment approach for allergies is still avoidance of allergens. In most cases, however, this is not possible. Short-term relief of symptoms are managed by prescribing steroidal drugs, but prolonged usage could have serious adverse effects. Hyposensitization or allergy shots is also another alternative that your vet could recommend. With this treatment, allergy treatment sets are formulated specifically for pets based on their allergy test results.

Our experienced and compassionate team of veterinarians knows exactly how to spot and manage a skin allergy. Additionally, our team will take the best care of your furry best friend. If you’ve noticed something about your pets, contact us today to set up an appointment and get your pooch back to feeling their best!


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