Get a referral from your vet.
In order to provide the best care for your pet we require a referral from your local veterinarian prior to setting an appointment time. This ensures the opportunity to work closely with your veterinarian during your pets treatments. After this has been done clients can set up an appointment to have their pet seen by a board certified dermatologist.
Frequently asked questions.
We are strictly a referral practice. You will need to have your family veterinarian contact us to make the referral.
We choose to work closely with your local veterinarian in order to get accurate health history and help with follow-up appointments.
In most cases, we are confident that your pet has allergies prior to testing. The purpose of testing is to determine specific environmental allergens that your pet is reacting to in order to formulate a treatment (allergy immunotherapy).
The test does not include food allergy. Skin and blood testing for food allergies are considered highly inaccurate. We recommend completing a strict elimination diet in order to accurately determine dietary items that are causing allergic symptoms.
Those patients being referred specifically for intradermal skin testing will need to have the following medications withdrawn prior to testing:
• Oral corticosteroids (Prednisone):4 weeks
• Short-acting injectable corticosteroids (Dexamethasone, Vetalog) : 4-6 weeks
• Long-acting injectable corticosteroids (Depo-medrol) : 8-12 weeks
• Topical corticosteroids (including ear medications like Otomax) : 4 weeks
• Antihistamines (Benadryl, Zyrtec, Hydroxizine, etc.) : 2 weeks
• Amitriptylline (Elavil) : 2 Weeks
• Oral progestins (Ovaban, etc.) : 4 weeks
• Intact female dogs must be out of heat for at least 4 weeks before allergy testing can be performed.
Your pet should be fasted unless your pet is a diabetic. Please contact our office if you have questions about a medication your pet is currently taking.