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Intradermal Allergy Testing

Intradermal skin testing is the most popular allergy testing for atopy. At Animal Friends Dermatology, a mild pain medication with light sedative properties is given to relax your pet, and an area on their side is shaved down to expose the skin. On this shaved area, a small amount of antigen is injected in a specific pattern in order to show whether or not your pet's skin displays a small, raised reaction. This is how the antigen can be identified. The shaved area is then examined at 20 minutes, and again at 2 hours, to detect which antigens, if any, created a reaction.

 

Once the information from the testing is recorded, Animal Friends Dermatology will go over treatment options available to provide relief.