Our dog sensitivity test – insightful yet affordable
Our dog allergy test is a very useful and affordable tool to determine the sensitivities and intolerances that may be impacting your dog’s quality of life. Problems with such uncomfortable sensitivities are the #2 reason for visiting the vet.
This test will provide you with a list of the allergens that are potentially making your dog unhappy or triggering reactions.
The results provide information about foods and supplements that would be of potential benefit if eliminated from the dog’s diet plus a guide as to what household products, food, treats and supplements can be beneficial for your dog or for which they show no reaction to. You will also have detailed information about the allergens your dog tested positive for and include dietary and lifestyle guidelines such as the use of corticosteroids, elimination diets, topical treatments, supplements; like probiotics and Omega-3 oils- and much more.
You can order the test and help improve the well-being of your beloved pet for only $135
What causes allergies?
Common environmental allergens are found everywhere and food allergens will be often found across many dog food brands – for the canine sufferer, their life can be rendered miserable, resulting in very poor health, a lack of energy, mood changes etc. Common environmental triggers include fleas and dust mites as well as moulds and pollens from trees, grasses, weeds and flowers. Reactions are caused by an overactive immune system that perceives harmless substances as threats. This will trigger reactions which can include common symptoms such as itching and sneezing.
Over 120 allergens tested with this test
The intolerance level of the dog to each allergen is ranked in one of three ways:
- Strong Intolerance – positive for the allergen tested
- No Intolerance – negative for the allergen tested
- Mild Intolerance – be reacting to the allergen but levels are not high enough for a positive reading
View the full list of allergens tested HERE.
Take a look at the test results
Results for this test will be available in around 2-3 weeks from receipt of samples at the laboratory. The report is online and interactive. We provide a sample report below of what the interactive report will look like.
Collecting samples for this test
You can collect samples for this test using our specific testing kit. We will send out the kit once we have processed your order and you may collect samples quickly and painlessly from your dog following the instructions in the kit. View sample collection HERE.
- The Dog Allergy test is not a DNA test. It is also not a typical allergy test. This test uses the proteins in the dog’s system to help you learn the sensitivities and intolerances your pet may be experiencing so you can have a better understanding of what they may not be able to tolerate. There are a number of options available to deal with these sensitivities. We recommend discussing them with your veterinarian to find the solution that is best for you. This can include introducing a new diet to your canine or eliminating certain foods and medications.
- There are a number of different drugs and medications that can affect your test results and these include antihistamines and steroids. If the dog being tested is taking any of these, please do not collect the sample until they have been off them for a minimum of one week and up to 2 weeks.
Special Offers and Discounts
The price of the Dog Allergy test is $135.
A second or third Dog Allergy test for your other dog or maybe for a relative or a friend can be purchased at $110 ($25 discount). You can also benefit from a $19 discount if you decide to order a Dog Breed Test (priced at $99) with your Dog Allergy test. In addition, we are offering our clients the opportunity to purchase a premium package priced at $259 including 3 Dog tests, the Dog Genetic Age test, Breed test and Allergy test. Make use of our discounted prices to understand even better your beloved pet!
We have prepared a comprehensive FAQ list about our test which will help you further understand how the test works. We recommend that you read them and familiarise yourself further with the test.
How is the dog allergy test performed?
We provide a testing kit containing the sample collection device and instructions for collecting your dog’s sample and sending it back to our laboratory. From the proteins found in the sample obtained, the test measures your dog’s sensitivities to over 120 common allergens.
How is the dog’s sample collected?
Upon ordering the test, you will receive a testing kit with a sample collection device and complete sample collection instructions. Hold the swab firmly from the handle and place the swab head inside your dog’s mouth. Get the swab head as wet as possible by placing it under your dog’s tongue, the side of the mouth, and inside the cheek for 1 1/2 minutes.
A sample collection guide with pictures can be found HERE.
What are the most typical allergens?
- Mold spores
- Dust and house dust mites
- Insecticidal shampoo
- Rubber and plastic
Will more allergens be added to the database in the future?
This test has access to a database containing over 120 of the most common canine allergens. However, we are always working on adding more allergens to the testing database.
Click here for the most up-to-date allergen listings.
How old does my dog need to be to undergo this test?
The test can determine sensitivities at any age, but these sensitivities can change as a dog ages. We recommend that your dog be at least 6 months old to identify specific allergens that may affect them for a long period of time.
What should my dog avoid before I collect the sample?
Your dog should not eat before getting its sample collected as food can affect the test results. We recommend either taking your dog’s sample first thing in the morning or waiting for the longest possible time between meals to collect the sample.
Aside from food, there are also medications, such as antihistamines and steroids, that can affect the dog’s test results. Therefore, your dog must not be on any antihistamines, anti-itching and anti-inflammatory medication or steroid-based medications for 1-2 weeks before collecting its sample.
What are the most common symptoms that are commonly exhibited in dogs with an intolerance or sensitivity?
- Itchy, red, moist or scabbed skin
- Increased scratching
- Itchy, runny eyes
- Itchy ears and ear infections
- Constant licking
Know more about the dog allergies and symptoms HERE.
Why is my dog sensitive to a particular allergen but not to its subsets?
Some dogs may be sensitive to chicken eggs but not chicken meat, while some dogs may be sensitive to fish meal but not a particular type of fish. This is normal. Each allergen has unique components and characteristics, and a dog’s reaction to an allergen may not necessarily equate to sensitivity to its subsets.
Do different dog breeds suffer from different allergies?
Yes, different dog breeds may be more susceptible to specific allergies.
The following are some breeds that are sensitive to issues with food and/or airborne allergies: Maltese terrier, Pekingese, German Shepherd, Bull Terriers, Bichon Frise, English Cocker Spaniel, Brussels Griffon, American Hairless Terrier, Bohemian Terrier, Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso, American Pit Bull Terrier, Wire-Haired Fox Terrier, Chinese Crested/Powderpuff, Poodle, Irish Setter, English Bulldog, Pugs.
Are you interested to find out the breeds making up your dog? Take our Dog Breed DNA Test today.
How can reactions and intolerances be treated?
Reactions can be managed by avoiding the allergens which trigger them. For example, if your pet has a sensitivity to a particular food item then eliminating this from their diet will help eliminate the negative impact. It is also possible to manage them through the use of medication or medicated shampoos – however, many times such treatments only mask a problem without finding the root cause. Also since more than one allergen may be causing reactions in your dog this may require more than action to eliminate all discomfort and reactions. We strongly advocate involving your vet in all decisions regarding what actions to take.
Here’s what one of our clients has to say about the Dog Allergy Test. Click here to read more testimonials.
“My dog was on Apoquel daily for a year before I did this testing. She no longer has scratching fits and I am so happy to have her off of medication. Thank you.” ✪✪✪✪✪ Molly Green, 26th August 2021.
Without your help in identifying what my dog was allergic too, especially Blue Thomson with Sunflower Oil, he would of continued to suffer with hives, and sever rashes. The vet told me no more steroid shots. I know your tests are accurate as the food I was feeding changed their formula and started using sunflower oil. I immediately saw the return of hives. I would of never known this sever allergy. Thank you so much for making the test affordable. You saved me so much time and torment for my dog. ✪✪✪✪✪ 28th February 2022.