Diagnosing allergy

A proper allergy diagnosis requires a thorough physical examination including a complete clinical history. Clinical skills and experience help to differentiate the pet allergies from one with itchy skin caused by another issue. All other known causes of itching must be ruled out before atopy can be diagnosed. When other triggers of the symptoms can be ruled out, allergy testing should be your next step.

The anamnesis should also include an understanding of the sleeping area (floor covering, pillows, blankets, etc.), the food (food allergy), the presence of other animals (atopy based on animal epithelium) and the vegetation in the patient’s indoor and outdoor environment. The effect of previously prescribed treatments may also generate valuable information.

Identifying the cause of allergies

Allergy tests will help to identify allergic triggers and put in place a successful allergy treatment for the patient. There are two kinds of allergy tests available: a serum (blood) test and a skin test. Your veterinarian will guide you regarding which test to use.

Our Artuvetrin tests – Artuvetrin Serum Test and Artuvetrin Skin Test – are at the forefront with respect to sensitivity and specificity.

  • Fast, specific and reliable results
  • Suitable for dogs, cats and horses
  • Industry-leading turnaround time for serum test – results available within 2 business days after arrival to our laboratory
  • 100% accuracy between screening test and detailed allergy panel results
  • Panels designed for specific regions including malassezia
  • Easy-to-read and interpret test results
  • Recommendation for custom-made allergen-specific immunotherapy treatment
  • Free, world-class support with our veterinary allergy experts

Artuvetrin Serum Test

The Artuvetrin Serum Test identifies a wide range of indoor and outdoor allergens. The specific European panels (North-Western and Southern European panel) contain allergens that are clinically relevant and characteristic to these areas, including Malassezia. Both the North-Western and Southern European panels were composed in close collaboration with veterinary dermatologists.

We offer the Artuvetrin Serum Test Screening and Artuvetrin Serum Test Detailed Allergy Panel. The screening test determines if allergen-specific IgE antibodies are present, without specifying the individual outcome for each of the allergens tested. Based on the result, a breakdown of the individual allergens can be requested – Artuvetrin Serum Test Detailed Allergy Panel.

The Artuvetrin Serum Test Detailed Allergy Panel specifies the individual outcome for each one of the allergens being tested. These results are easily interpretable, together with clear advice and support. Only after executing this detailed panel, it is possible to prepare an allergen-specific immunotherapy.

Artuvetrin Skin Test

The Artuvetrin Skin Test determines to which substances a dog is allergic, by injecting small amounts of different allergens in the dog’s skin. Subsequently, it is possible to evaluate whether or not a local reaction develops at the site of the injection.
Based on the clinical history of the patient it is possible to perform a skin test with the most relevant allergens. We have about 80 different allergens available for skin testing.