Frequently Asked Questions

Allergy Test FAQ


Allergy Test My Pet is designed to offer you an easy and affordable tool that will help you get to the bottom of your dog’s food and environmental sensitivities. This is not a test of the true allergens, which are rare. It is a test of the immunoglobulins in your dog which will react to the allergens being tested if your dog is sensitive to them. The test will offer you a complete report on everything your dog may be reactive to so you can alter their food or environmental exposure to the items they are sensitive to. Please read below for additional information.

Please make sure your dog has not taken any antihistamines at least 10 days prior to testing because it will affect their results.


Allergy Test FAQ

Why should I test my pet for sensitivities? If your pet is suffering from itchy skin, rashes, gas, stomach pain and a host of other skin, stomach and even behavioral issues chances are they have sensitivity to a food or environmental factor. By learning which of these are affecting your dog you can easily change your pet’s diet and keep them away from the products they show sensitivity toward. Instead of masking your pet’s symptoms with expensive and often unhealthy foods and medicines it is best to get to the bottom of the problem and recognize exactly what is causing the issues and how you can avoid them. Many people find this is best route to ensure the well-being of their pet.

Is this an allergy test? Allergy Test My Pet, while called an allergy test is in fact not a traditional allergy test. Allergy Test My Pet was designed to report, with the highest accuracy available, the food and environmental intolerances your dog is reacting to. This is not to be confused with blood tests which measure IGE.

Tests that measure IgE are able to report true allergies. These are allergies which are much harder to prevent. Some of these types of allergies you may already be familiar with are peanut allergies in humans, or extreme reactions to bee stings.

What if my dog still reacts after I have followed all of your recommendations? We believe that if you are able to recognize and remove the allergens causing your pet to react you will see the symptoms decline. In some cases they can even disappear immediately. Please ensure you are keeping your dog away from the products they have shown a reaction to. Sometimes certain foods and supplements are buried deep in the list of ingredients in pet food. Make sure you are aware of these and alter your pet’s diet accordingly.

If your pet has a reaction to common environmental factors including certain types of grass or weeds common to your area there may be little you can do to prevent a reaction. In these cases we recommend working with your vet to find the best way to deal with these sensitivities

When will I receive my report? You will receive a full PDF report within 2 weeks of us receiving your sample.

How is the test performed? This test uses the proteins in your pet’s saliva to measure their sensitivities to 150 common allergens. The kit comes with a saliva collection device and a set of easy-to-follow instructions to assist you in properly collecting your pet’s saliva sample and sending it back to us.

What does the AT My Pet Test check for? ATMP is designed to measure the intolerances and sensitivities in your pet using IgA and IgM measurements. This is recognized as the most accurate way to measure the sensitivities in your pet. These proteins are found in the saliva.

What are the differences between the classes of immunoglobulins in allergy tests? Immunoglobulins, also known as antibodies, are glycoprotein molecules produced by plasma cells (white blood cells). They act as a critical part of the immune response by specifically recognizing and binding to particular antigens, such as bacteria or viruses and aiding in their destruction.

These are further identified by isotypes and there are 5 major isotypes in mammals.

IgE has the role of allergic reactions, parasitic infections and hypersensitivity reactions. These are the true allergies often seen as immediate and sometimes tragic reaction to bee stings or peanut butter.

IgM, which is used in this test, is the first antibody built during an immune system response. The other immunoglobin used is IgA which works with invading pathogens as an immune response.

In this test both of these measures will tell you your pet’s sensitivities to 150 known allergens.

What are some of the symptoms of pet sensitivities? Common symptoms that may indicate an intolerance by your pet include: itching and scratching and redness in the skin, including consonant paw chewing and licking; ear itching, redness and soreness; gastrointestinal issues including gas, diarrhea, vomiting, bloating; hair loss and also wheezing. Other symptoms can include altered behaviors including excessive or aggressive behaviors.

Will you be adding more allergies to your database? We are actively working on adding more allergies to our testing algorithms. Please check the table below for the most up-to-date listings. If you suspect your dog has an allergy we currently to not test for, please read our section on Custom Testing.

How do I take the sample? When you order a kit you will be provided with a saliva collection device and a full set of instructions for collecting a saliva sample from your dog. You put the included cotton device in your dog’s mouth until the swab indicates enough saliva was collected. The saliva is then put into a small collection tube. The tube is then placed in the return postage-paid envelope and you need only drop it in the mailbox for processing.

Once we receive your sample you will have a full report within 2 weeks stating your dog’s reaction to all of the items we test for.

For custom allergy testing the steps are the same for collecting a sample and you will also be provided with instructions on sending us the sample of what you want us to test for.

How old should my dog be before I test? While this test can identify sensitivities at any age, a puppy's physiology quickly changes and the sensitivities they have under 6 months of age may completely change as they age. It is recommended that dogs be over 6 months of age to identify specific allergens that may affect them as they grow older.

Will my insurance cover the cost of the test? Please check with your insurer. Some plans will cover the costs of diagnostic testing.

Allergens covered in our test.
Please check back as new items are being added.
Alfalfa Alligator Almonds
Anchovy Ants Apple
Artichoke Asparagus Avocado Oil
Banana Barley Beaver
Beef Beet Bell Pepper
Blackberry Blue-Green Algae Blueberry
Broccoli Brown Rice Brussels Sprout
Buckwheat Buffalo/Bison Cabbage
Canola Oil Carob Carrot
Cauliflower Celery Chard
Chick Pea Chicken Chicken Egg
Chicory Chlorella Co-Q-10
Cockroach Coconut Oil Cod Liver Oil
Corn Cottage Cheese Cottonseed Oil
Cranberry Cucumber Dairy
Duck Duck Egg Dust Mites
Eggplant Elk Feathers
Fish Meal Flaxseed Oil Formaldehyde
Fragrance Gelatin Ginger
Glucosamine Grains (Bread) Grass
Green Beans Green Lipped Mussel Green Peas
Hemp Seed Oil Honey Kale
Kangaroo Kelp Kidney Beans
Krill Oil Lamb Latex
Lecithin Lemon Lentils
Licorice Root Limonene Mackerel
Mango Maple Syrup Mites
Molasses MSM (sulphur) Mushrooms
Naphthalene Nutritional Yeast Oat
Olive Oil Orange Ostrich
Parsley Peach Peanut Butter
Pear Peppermint Pheasant
Pineapple Pinto Beans Plastic
Pollen Pomegranate Pork
Potato Propylene Glycol Propylene Glycol n-Butyl Ether
Psyllium Pumpkin Quinoa
Rabbit Raspberry Rubber
Safflower Oil Sage Salmon
Seaweed Sesame Oil Shrimp
Sorghum Soy Spinach
Squash Strawberry Sunflower Oil
Sweet Potato Synthetic Fibres Tapioca
Tobacco Toluene Tumeric
Tuna Turkey Venison
Vitamin E Watermelon Wheat
Whey White Rice White Tree Bark
Xylene Yam Yogurt
Yucca Zucchini Turnip

DISCOVER!

  • Your dog’s unique intolerances and sensitivities for up to 150 factors.
  • The common household and environmental factors affecting your pet’s wellbeing.
  • Which foods you should avoid—and which may be safe-- in your pet’s diet.
  • Food and environmental allergens to keep an eye on.
  • Plus, much, much more!

YOUR RESULTS INCLUDE:

  • A custom analysis of up to 150 food and environmental items that your pet may have sensitivities to.
  • A list of foods and household products you should avoid including laundry and cleaning products, tobacco and other household items.
  • PLUS so much more!
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