Hair/Saliva Testing as compared to Intradermal and Serum-based Assays

Posted by Spectrum Veterinary Staff on Sep 25, 2019

When it comes to diagnosing allergies, pet parents (and subsequently veterinarians) are faced with an increasing number of options. Intradermal testing, serum based assays, hair and saliva assay offerings can make it confusing for everyone to figure out which option is right for the patient's unique scenario.  The popularity of hair and saliva assays has also been increased through websites like Groupon and Amazon by advertising directly to pet parents. 

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Topics: Allergy Testing, Veterinarians, intradermal, serum allergy testing, hair/saliva testing

What Makes Our Partnership So Great? We Need Your Input

Posted by Spectrum Veterinary Staff on Aug 2, 2019

The veterinary space is growing – and so are we. It’s one of the many reasons we’re constantly seeking to streamline the immunotherapy process. From our staff trainings to our comprehensive treatment diaries, we’re there to support you and your patient mile-by-mile on the road to recovery. Whether your practice has been ordering refills for years or just submitted its first sample, your partnership means everything to us. So it almost goes without saying: We value your opinion.

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Topics: Veterinarians

Dr. Richard Ford Breaks Down The Practical Applications Of Antibody Testing

Posted by Spectrum Veterinary Staff on Jul 25, 2019

"In companion animal practice, testing serum/blood for the presence of antibody (serology) to vaccine-preventable diseases (see TABLE 1) continues to gain acceptance as a means of assessing the immune status of individual patients."

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Topics: Veterinarians

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

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