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How Can I Differentiate Between a Grass Allergy and Other Skin Conditions In My Dog? Are There Any Grass Allergy Tests?

How Can I Differentiate Between a Grass Allergy and Other Skin Conditions In My Dog? Are There Any Grass Allergy Tests?

First step - Take your dog to the vet

If you think your dog has a grass allergy, you should book an appointment with your vet for a proper diagnosis. 

To differentiate between grass allergies and other skin conditions, your vet can do some tests. Your dog will then undergo allergy testing, which can help identify specific allergens, including grass.

There are currently two types of allergy tests for dogs

  1. Serum Blood Testing: A RAST (radioallergosorbent test) is a type of blood test to detect certain antibodies that determines whether a dog’s allergic to various possible triggers.
  2. Intradermal Skin Test: This is done with your dog under mild sedation.  Allergens are injected into one side of your dog’s abdomen, which has been shaved. The area is then observed for signs of an allergic reaction, such as hives. This allows allergens to be identified. An individualised treatment plan can then be made for your dog.

Saliva or hair allergy tests aren’t recommended, as they’re not currently reliable enough.

Read more

Read more about Grass Allergies for Dogs - Causes, Prevention and How to Help at Home: https://zoomadog.co.uk/collections/dog-grass-allergies

Treatments include

Find creams to help with grass allergies here https://zoomadog.co.uk/products/170-dermagic-skin-rescue-lotion 

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