Referring Allergy Patients Out? Your Clinic Is Foregoing These 3 Critical Opportunities

Posted by Spectrum Veterinary Staff on Jul 10, 2019

Yes – in theory, sending your skin-afflicted patients to a dermatologist makes sense. After all, they’re the experts, right? Without the tools to diagnose and address your patients’ allergies, skin doctors are an understandable go-to.

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Topics: Veterinarians

Balancing The Recent FDA Warnings And Food Sensitivities

Posted by Spectrum Veterinary Staff on Jul 9, 2019

The FDA is currently investigating a possible connection between grain-free diets and canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). Here’s a recap of their update:

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Topics: Pet Care, Veterinarians

Is Pollen Season Growing Longer? A New Study Investigates

Posted by Joelle Smith on Jun 4, 2019

Does pollen season bring in more and more allergy patients each year? Based on a new study from The Lancet Public Health, this could be true.

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Topics: Allergy Testing, Veterinarians

'Veterinary Dermatology' Article Proposes A New Treatment Strategy For Canine Atopic Dermatitis

Posted by Kim Perkins, PhD on May 7, 2019

Canine Atopic Dermatitis (AD) is a common allergic skin disease that is characterized by itching, excessive scratching, hair loss, greasy or flaky skin, odor, and chewing on the paws and groin and armpits. The scratching and chewing behavior often leads to hot spots that can become infected.

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Topics: Allergy Treatment, Veterinarians

Why Differentiating Seasonal From Environmental Allergies Is Key

Posted by Kim Perkins, PhD on Apr 9, 2019

Does your patient suffer from localized or generalized itching? Do they exhibit nasal discharge or watery eyes? Are they coughing, sneezing, or wheezing?

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Topics: Allergy Treatment, Veterinarians

Could Your Christmas Tree Be Housing Offending Allergens?

Posted by Joelle Smith on Dec 5, 2018

Decorations might not be the only thing on your tree this year. As outlined in a 2011 study by Upstate Medical University, Christmas trees may harbor a variety of molds that can be problematic for allergy-sufferers.

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Topics: Pet Care, Veterinarians

We Are Streamlining Our Food Database

Posted by Spectrum Veterinary Staff on Aug 8, 2018

We are in the midst of updating the food ingredients list in our allergy result reports. These adjustments will streamline the number of food recommendations your patients receive.  

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Topics: Allergy Treatment, Veterinarians

Testing For Seasonal Allergies: Why Now Is A Good Time To Test

Posted by Jerusalem Kebede on Aug 2, 2018

Allergy testing is the first and most crucial step in treating allergy conditions. While the test can be performed year-round, some seasons are better for testing than others.

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Topics: Allergy Testing

Allergy Management Tips And Tricks

Posted by Jerusalem Kebede on Jun 17, 2018

Allergies are triggered by diverse environmental, dietary, and seasonal factors. Although hyposensitization therapy is often the best option to clear up an allergy, there are many ways to reduce symptoms and increase treatment effectiveness. It should be noted that, although these tips and tricks will decrease allergy symptoms, they alone cannot be the only treatment option. Best results are observed when these tips and tricks are used concurrently with hyposensitization therapy.

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Horse Allergies 101

Posted by Jerusalem Kebede on May 3, 2018

Allergies caused by different environmental and barn conditions are becoming increasingly prevalent in horses. Most horses no longer roam the fields and graze on fresh grass; they now spend most of their day in a stable, where there is often poor air circulation. Additionally, the growing use of manufactured diets, instead of freshly-grown grasses, can lead to the development of allergies. Allergies in horses are often cumulative, meaning the symptoms — including hives, coughing, intense itching, and nasal discharge — are the result of a reaction with several different allergens, not one specific allergen.

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Topics: Veterinarians

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