Q: Why consider serological allergy testing?
A: Serological allergy testing can provide information that may then allow you to offer the only management solution that can modify the natural course of a pre-existing hypersensitivity and result in the establishment of long-term clinical tolerance (1,2).
Q: Why choose serological testing over intradermal testing (IDT)?
A: The top 5 reasons to choose serological testing over IDT are:
1. It requires minimal preparation and is less invasive for the patient.
2. It is more time-efficient, with a quick and easy sample submission process.
3. It can be carried out while skin lesions are present.
4. It provides flexibility of sampling – samples can be taken when the patient is most symptomatic / off certain medication, stored free of charge and then tested when required.
5. There is no difference in response rate to immunotherapy when compared to using intradermal testing (3,4).
1. Griffin CE and Hillier A (2001). The ACVD task force on canine atopic dermatitis (XXIV): allergen-specific immunotherapy, Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology;81(3-4): 363-383.
2. Fischer NM, Rostaher A and Favrot C (2019). Allergen-specificimmunotherapy in dogs with atopic dermatitis: a comparison of subcutaneous, intralymphatic and sublingual administration. In: Proceedings of the 31st Annual Congress of the European Society and College of Veterinary Dermatology, Liverpool, 2019.
3. Park S, Ohya F, Yamashita K, Nishifuji K, Iwasaki T. Comparison of response to immunotherapy by intradermal skin test and antigen-specific IgE in canine atopy. J Vet Med Sci. 2000 Sep;62(9):983-8. doi: 10.1292/jvms.62.983. PMID: 11039595.
4. Schnabl B, Bettenay SV, Dow K, Mueller RS. Results of allergen-specific immunotherapy in 117 dogs with atopic dermatitis. Vet Rec. 2006 Jan 21;158(3):81-5. doi: 10.1136/vr.158.3.81. PMID: 16428661.