Pet's allergy diagnosis needs more than an oral swab

09/5/2013 | Baltimore Sun, The

Allergies in pets can't be definitively diagnosed by taking an oral swab and sending it to a lab for evaluation, according to veterinarian Meridith Brand. Instead, a pet with skin problems should undergo a complete veterinary exam to rule out other potential causes. Dr. Brand notes that for diagnosis and management of canine atopy, intradermal skin testing is the gold standard.

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