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Food Allergy Testing... Where??? 27 Dec 2011 11:14 #2387

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Trust me to be referred to a duff specialist, I drive 2 hours on 2 occassions to find Marni's blood tests do not include food allergies........ She doesnt think they work. Well how come other dogs know what food they are allergic to?? Can anyone help by recommending someone who can test for food allergies please. She thinks I can give him a food then wait for his reaction, this wont work as Marni scratches EVERY day : ( Other allergy results and thyroid results should be back early Jan.
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Re: Food Allergy Testing... Where??? 27 Dec 2011 16:11 #2389

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Exclusion diets are the easiest way to determine what they're allergic to. It can be done easily with dry foods if you read the ingredients carefully. I know of 4 dogs intolerant to meat proteins, they have to have a fish based (no chicken or other meats) diet and 2 dogs who are vegetarian as they can't have any fish or meat. You should (if you've eliminated a food they're allergic to) see a reduction in scratching. Also carpet cleaners, air fresheners and washing powder are known to cause problems.

Rice is often a culprit, so my first step would be to look at what you currently feed and feed something that doens't have any of these things in to start with. Also quistel shampoo seems to help soothe the itching quite a bit.
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Re: Food Allergy Testing... Where??? 27 Dec 2011 22:52 #2393

I'm sorry to hear that Dawn, they should have told you it didn`t include allergy tests!

I'll tell you how Asia`s tests were done. My own vet did the tests, Asia was sedated to have them done and the vet also did a skin scrapping test at the same time, he sedated her because he needed to take quite a lot of blood and wanted her to be relaxed, she was knocked right out and I stayed with her all the time The tests came back in a couple of weeks and I was given a list of things she was tested for, not everything was on the list but the things that most commonly caused allergies was listed, next to each item was a grade listing from 0 to 5, so for example next to rice she had a 3 and brown fish she had a 2, spuds were a 2 and 1 for beef, there was lots of other things as well, my vet did say she had an unusually high amount of "numbered" items. She also had a tree and grasses list which showed a 2 for willow, the vet said just walking passed a willow tree could start a reaction and we did actually see her become very itchy after walking passed a willow tree. My vet said that its best to avoid even the low numbers because the test isn`t always precise, he said to keep the numbered stuff out of her diet and if I wanted to I could try introducing them one at a time to see if the itching returns, I did it for a while with treats that used potatoes and rice starch and within a month she was in a sorry state again, so now I just avoid all the numbered things on her testing list and she`s a very happy, non itchy girl, when she was itchy I couldn`t even touch her without her quivering. My vet did say that no allergy test can be dead on acurate but they are worth doing. If I was you Dawn I'd have a word with your own vet or another vet and say you want an allergy test done so that you can aliminate any foods from her diet and maybe reintroduce them one at a time, it would be far quicker than aliminting foods that you have no idea if they`re causing Marni a problem.

I think if you want an allergy test done you have every right to have one done and a vets personal opinion as to whether they work or not should stay as just their personal opinion, at least if you have it in writing you'll have something to work on
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Re: Food Allergy Testing... Where??? 28 Dec 2011 14:12 #2396

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I have to say, that like Pauline, i would go to your own vet and get the allergy test done with them, if they wont do them then try a new vets.
I have been told several times that the tests are not really reliable, and with the possibility of Marnie having Immune problems will not help.
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Re: Food Allergy Testing... Where??? 28 Dec 2011 20:22 #2399

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Thanks for your responses. I have been to vets today (thats another topic) and he said when the other allergy tests come back from Cheshire he will perform a 3rd blood test and test for food again (as Marni was tested at 5 months old and nothing shown up) He looked at Marni today and said he is currently in a state of flare up as per under his tummy where it is all red, so wont do well to try foods out at this moment in time as wont know true result. I feel so useless and helpless to him : (
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Re: Food Allergy Testing... Where??? 28 Dec 2011 23:03 #2405

Is he on allergenic food now Dawn? I know you don`t know what he could be allergic to yet, but perhaps if you try him on allergenic food you might see a response and at least that'll give you an idea what he's okay with. Asia was on hyperalerenic dry food for a while, but she didn`t really like it, that's when I started cooking all her food for her. She was on "hyper" allergenic because it's the only one without rice and she`s allergic to rice, apparently most allergenic foods have rice in them, ask your vet if they can reccomend a food

The tests may not be 100% reliable but as I metioned earlier it will give you a guide to work from. For my Asia it meant a complete change to her life, she hasn`t had a single hot spot or itching since (ecxept when she had the potatoe and rice starch treats) Oh yes, and this was done about 5 years ago and the price was about £300-00 including the deep skin scraping and that was London prices
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