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Intradermal skin testing for skin allergies

Many pets in Hong Kong have skin allergies which may be unresponsive to a food trial or by killing external parasites e.g. fleas and mites. In these cases, we will test for allergies to environmental allergens (such as dust or moulds) by either performing an intradermal skin test (injecting small amounts of antigens into the skin and monitoring for any reaction) or blood sampling measuring specific antibodies against allergens.

If we determine a reaction to an antigen, we then have the option of changing certain environmental conditions for your pet or providing a course of desensitization injections over a prolonged period to help your pet build up tolerance to an antigen. The benefit of intradermal skin testing is that it often allows us to control your pet’s allergy without needing to use long term drugs which can be expensive and potentially harmful.