EQUINE ALLERGY TESTS

SEROLOGICAL ALLERGY TESTS FOR HORSES

Avacta Animal Health offers equine allergy testing using our ELISA based serology, that can detect allergen-specific IgE against 56 different allergens. Details of these allergens can be found in our allergen list.

Our Practice Portal contains a large amount of information regarding submitting and taking samples, among many other helpful resources. Use the link below to log in and find out more!

PRACTICE PORTAL
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Alert grey horse standing in field

BENEFITS OF OUR EQUINE ALLERGY TESTING

 

  • Provides clear, easily interpreted results in a visual format that can be shared with owners
  • Requires withdrawal from fewer medications prior to allergy testing and is less invasive and more time efficient compared to intradermal testing
  • Boasts a quick standard turnaround times of 2-4 days
  • Includes highly specific assays, using equine-specific monoclonal antibodies for IgE detection
  • Is supported by numerous peer-reviewed publications
  • Is evidence-based with excellent reproducibility
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WHAT EQUINE ALLERGY TESTS DOES AVACTA ANIMAL HEALTH OFFER?

Avacta Allergy + Complete Environmental, Insect & Food

This test includes the equine environmental panel, the insect panel, and the food panel.

 

Equine environmental test

 

By measuring allergen-specific IgE antibodies present in the serum, the Avacta Allergy+™ environmental test can help to identify environmental allergens for both allergen avoidance purposes and to select for inclusion in allergen-specific immunotherapy (ASIT).

 

Why use serological allergy testing?

 

Serological testing enables you to provide additional management and therapeutic options (such as ASIT) for allergy cases. Only by identifying relevant allergens are you able to offer all long-term solutions as part of an effective management programme for this life-long condition.

 

The Avacta Allergy+™ Environmental test contains allergens from the following groups:

 

  • Grasses
  • Weeds and crops
  • Trees and shrubs
  • Mites
  • Dander
  • Moulds

 

Equine insect test

 

By measuring allergen specific IgE antibodies present in the serum, this equine-specific test can help to identify insect allergens to enable both management changes to take place, and for inclusion in allergen specific immunotherapy (ASIT).

 

Why use serological allergy testing for insect bite hypersensitivities?

 

  • Identifying hypersensitivities through testing enables specific management and therapeutic options
  • Culicoides hypersensitivity often exists in combination with a hypersensitivity to other biting insects and other environmental allergens
  • Different biting insects are active in different months of the year and at different times of the day

 

The Avacta Allergy+™ Insect test contains the following allergens:

 

  • Black fly
  • Culicoides
  • Horse fly
  • House fly
  • Mosquito
  • Stable Fly

 

Food test

 

The only way to diagnose a food allergy is by conducting a diet trial. Using the Avacta Allergy+™ food test can help identify which foods are the most appropriate to use for the diet trial.

 

How does the equine food test help?

 

The Avacta Allergy+™ food test measures allergen-specific IgG and IgE antibodies against food allergens, and is designed to assist in the selection of foods that are suitable for an elimination diet trial. The results of the test are printed in a clear visual format to help with owner understanding and engagement; in turn, helping to promote stricter compliance.

 

The Avacta Allergy+ food test contains allergens from the following groups:

 

  • Cereals
  • Vegetables

 

Additional resources to support you and your clients when conducting a diet trial can be found in the ‘Resources’ section of the Practice Portal.

SUBMIT A SAMPLE
Dandelion flower releasing seeds
Bay mare scratching an itch
Chestnut horse being fed in stable

Avacta Allergy + Environmental & Insect

This test includes the equine environmental panel and insect panel.

 

Equine environmental test

 

By measuring allergen-specific IgE antibodies present in the serum, the Avacta Allergy+™ environmental test can help to identify environmental allergens for both allergen avoidance purposes and to select for inclusion in allergen-specific immunotherapy (ASIT).

 

Why use serological allergy testing?

 

Serological testing enables you to provide additional management and therapeutic options (such as ASIT) for allergy cases. Only by identifying relevant allergens are you able to offer all long-term solutions as part of an effective management programme for this life-long condition.

 

The Avacta Allergy+™ Environmental test contains allergens from the following groups:

 

  • Grasses
  • Weeds and crops
  • Trees and shrubs
  • Mites
  • Dander
  • Moulds

 

Equine insect test

 

By measuring allergen specific IgE antibodies present in the serum, this equine-specific test can help to identify insect allergens to enable both management changes to take place, and for inclusion in allergen specific immunotherapy (ASIT).

 

Why use serological allergy testing for insect bite hypersensitivities?

 

  • Identifying hypersensitivities through testing enables specific management and therapeutic options
  • Culicoides hypersensitivity often exists in combination with a hypersensitivity to other biting insects and other environmental allergens
  • Different biting insects are active in different months of the year and at different times of the day

 

The Avacta Allergy+™ Insect test contains the following allergens:

 

  • Black fly
  • Culicoides
  • Horse fly
  • House fly
  • Mosquito
  • Stable Fly
SUBMIT A SAMPLE
Dandelion flower releasing seeds
Bay mare scratching an itch

Avacta Allergy + Food

This test includes the equine food panel.

 

Food test

 

The only way to diagnose a food allergy is by conducting a diet trial. Using the Avacta Allergy+™ food test can help identify which foods are the most appropriate to use for the diet trial.

 

How does the equine food test help?

 

The Avacta Allergy+™ food test measures allergen-specific IgG and IgE antibodies against food allergens, and is designed to assist in the selection of foods that are suitable for an elimination diet trial. The results of the test are printed in a clear visual format to help with owner understanding and engagement; in turn, helping to promote stricter compliance.

 

The Avacta Allergy+ food test contains allergens from the following groups:

 

  • Cereals
  • Vegetables

 

Additional resources to support you and your clients when conducting a diet trial can be found in the ‘Resources’ section of the Practice Portal.

SUBMIT A SAMPLE
Chestnut horse being fed in stable

Avacta Allergy + Screens

Screens are available for both food and environmental panels, and offer a positive or negative result only. Screens can be expanded on request.

 

Allergy screening

 

Avacta Allergy+™ screens provide a cost-effective solution if you suspect allergic disease. Using the same ELISA based technology as our other allergy tests, the results will show you either a single positive or a negative result to each mixed allergen panel. You can then investigate further if desired, by expanding any positive allergen panel to gain individual allergen results.

 

This allergy screening provides an economic method for allergen investigation identification and, following expansion of any panels with positive results, is an excellent precursor to allergen-specific immunotherapy and targeted allergen avoidance.

SUBMIT A SAMPLE
Close-up of grass, a common animal allergen

WHAT EQUINE ALLERGY TESTS DOES AVACTA ANIMAL HEALTH OFFER?

Avacta Allergy + Complete Environmental, Insect & Food

This test includes the equine environmental panel, the insect panel, and the food panel.

 

Equine environmental test

 

By measuring allergen-specific IgE antibodies present in the serum, the Avacta Allergy+™ environmental test can help to identify environmental allergens for both allergen avoidance purposes and to select for inclusion in allergen-specific immunotherapy (ASIT).

 

Why use serological allergy testing?

 

Serological testing enables you to provide additional management and therapeutic options (such as ASIT) for allergy cases. Only by identifying relevant allergens are you able to offer all long-term solutions as part of an effective management programme for this life-long condition.

 

The Avacta Allergy+™ Environmental test contains allergens from the following groups:

 

  • Grasses
  • Weeds and crops
  • Trees and shrubs
  • Mites
  • Dander
  • Moulds

 

Equine insect test

 

By measuring allergen specific IgE antibodies present in the serum, this equine-specific test can help to identify insect allergens to enable both management changes to take place, and for inclusion in allergen specific immunotherapy (ASIT).

 

Why use serological allergy testing for insect bite hypersensitivities?

 

  • Identifying hypersensitivities through testing enables specific management and therapeutic options
  • Culicoides hypersensitivity often exists in combination with a hypersensitivity to other biting insects and other environmental allergens
  • Different biting insects are active in different months of the year and at different times of the day

 

The Avacta Allergy+™ Insect test contains the following allergens:

 

  • Black fly
  • Culicoides
  • Horse fly
  • House fly
  • Mosquito
  • Stable Fly

 

Food test

 

The only way to diagnose a food allergy is by conducting a diet trial. Using the Avacta Allergy+™ food test can help identify which foods are the most appropriate to use for the diet trial.

 

How does the equine food test help?

 

The Avacta Allergy+™ food test measures allergen-specific IgG and IgE antibodies against food allergens, and is designed to assist in the selection of foods that are suitable for an elimination diet trial. The results of the test are printed in a clear visual format to help with owner understanding and engagement; in turn, helping to promote stricter compliance.

 

The Avacta Allergy+ food test contains allergens from the following groups:

 

  • Cereals
  • Vegetables

 

Additional resources to support you and your clients when conducting a diet trial can be found in the ‘Resources’ section of the Practice Portal.

SUBMIT A SAMPLE

Avacta Allergy + Environmental & Insect

This test includes the equine environmental panel and insect panel.

 

Equine environmental test

 

By measuring allergen-specific IgE antibodies present in the serum, the Avacta Allergy+™ environmental test can help to identify environmental allergens for both allergen avoidance purposes and to select for inclusion in allergen-specific immunotherapy (ASIT).

 

Why use serological allergy testing?

 

Serological testing enables you to provide additional management and therapeutic options (such as ASIT) for allergy cases. Only by identifying relevant allergens are you able to offer all long-term solutions as part of an effective management programme for this life-long condition.

 

The Avacta Allergy+™ Environmental test contains allergens from the following groups:

 

  • Grasses
  • Weeds and crops
  • Trees and shrubs
  • Mites
  • Dander
  • Moulds

 

Equine insect test

 

By measuring allergen specific IgE antibodies present in the serum, this equine-specific test can help to identify insect allergens to enable both management changes to take place, and for inclusion in allergen specific immunotherapy (ASIT).

 

Why use serological allergy testing for insect bite hypersensitivities?

 

  • Identifying hypersensitivities through testing enables specific management and therapeutic options
  • Culicoides hypersensitivity often exists in combination with a hypersensitivity to other biting insects and other environmental allergens
  • Different biting insects are active in different months of the year and at different times of the day

 

The Avacta Allergy+™ Insect test contains the following allergens:

 

  • Black fly
  • Culicoides
  • Horse fly
  • House fly
  • Mosquito
  • Stable Fly
SUBMIT A SAMPLE

Avacta Allergy + Food

This test includes the equine food panel.

 

Food test

 

The only way to diagnose a food allergy is by conducting a diet trial. Using the Avacta Allergy+™ food test can help identify which foods are the most appropriate to use for the diet trial.

 

How does the equine food test help?

 

The Avacta Allergy+™ food test measures allergen-specific IgG and IgE antibodies against food allergens, and is designed to assist in the selection of foods that are suitable for an elimination diet trial. The results of the test are printed in a clear visual format to help with owner understanding and engagement; in turn, helping to promote stricter compliance.

 

The Avacta Allergy+ food test contains allergens from the following groups:

 

  • Cereals
  • Vegetables

 

Additional resources to support you and your clients when conducting a diet trial can be found in the ‘Resources’ section of the Practice Portal.

SUBMIT A SAMPLE

Avacta Allergy + Screens

Screens are available for both food and environmental panels, and offer a positive or negative result only. Screens can be expanded on request.

 

Allergy screening

 

Avacta Allergy+™ screens provide a cost-effective solution if you suspect allergic disease. Using the same ELISA based technology as our other allergy tests, the results will show you either a single positive or a negative result to each mixed allergen panel. You can then investigate further if desired, by expanding any positive allergen panel to gain individual allergen results.

 

This allergy screening provides an economic method for allergen investigation identification and, following expansion of any panels with positive results, is an excellent precursor to allergen-specific immunotherapy and targeted allergen avoidance.

SUBMIT A SAMPLE
Equine silhouette

EQUINE ALLERGY TEST FAQS

How much serum do I need to send for each equine allergy test?

Please see the submission form for the exact amounts of serum required for each test.

How do I find out about equine allergy test pricing details?

Please email technical.support@avacta.com for pricing information.

How quickly can I get the results from an equine allergy test?

Because we are  a UK laboratory, samples do not have to travel far and our standard turnaround times for results are just 2-4 working days, from receipt of a sample.

How do I send a serum sample to Avacta Animal Health for equine allergy testing?

ORDER SUBMISSION BOXES

Submission boxes are provided free of charge and contain the following:

    • Sample submission form
    • Biohazard bag
    • Absorbent padding
    • Pre-paid, pre-addressed envelope

The submission box includes all items that are required to ensure your sample submission meets UN3373 packaging requirements. For more details, please click here.

 

To send samples from outside of the UK please click here

 

For more help in submitting a sample, please see our short video, which will guide you step-by-step through the process of submitting a sample and the key points to remember.

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