Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Pets & Pet Care  > Pet Allergy Testing

Pet Allergy Testing Cost


How Much Does Pet Allergy Testing Cost?

 
low costHypoallergenic Foods: $22-$66average costSkin Testing: $195-$250high costBlood Testing: $200-$300
post E-mail post Post   Comments (1)

Just like humans, cats and dogs can have environmental or food allergies. Testing for such allergies is done via blood work or skin testing.

Typical costs:

  • Blood testing, which is more convenient than skin testing, costs $200 to $300. It's more convenient, and therefore more common, because any general veterinarian can take blood and then send it to a lab for diagnostic work.
  • Skin testing involves pricking the skin and introducing a possible allergen to see if the skin reacts. Skin testing is more precise than blood testing and could cost less than blood work. Prices range from $195 to $250. Some general veterinarians can conduct the skin test, too, but generally a pet dermatologist does this.
  • Owners suspecting a food allergy may opt to try an elimination diet. This is an effort to pin down what an animal is allergic to by isolating ingredients in the dog or cat's diet. Along with being time consuming, this can be costly, with hypoallergenic foods costing from $28 to $66 for dry dog food and $22 to $37 for dry cat food. This process requires a 12-week supply of hypoallergenic food, which is available online at RXPetFood.com[1] or National PetPharmacy.com[2] , as well as at local pet store such as PETCO[3] or PetSmart[4] .
Related articles: Cat Vaccination, Dog Vaccination, Heartworm Treatment, Lyme Disease Treatment for Dogs, Dog Pancreatitis Treatment, Pet Insurance

What should be included:
  • The most common symptom of both environmental or food allergies is intense itching; other symptoms include rashes, eye discharge and hair loss.
  • The ASPCA[5] summarizes allergy symptoms and treatments.
  • If you opt to try an elimination diet, you'll need patience. While on this elimination diet, your dog won't be allowed to have any other food, including treats and table scraps. The elimination diet may be performed in conjunction with other allergy testing, such as while you're waiting for lab test results from blood work.
Additional costs:
  • As allergies progress, infections can result. These can be treated with antibiotics, which can cost between $30 and $50.
  • Allergy treatments can be as simple as antihistamines, which cost around $10 over-the-counter, or as complicated as a monthly vaccine, a seven-month supply of which costs between $65 and $185.
Shopping for pet allergy testing:
  • Ask your veterinarian how often they do skin testing for allergies. A veterinarian with a general clinic might not regularly administer the test, and therefore may not know precisely what to look for in a skin test. A general vet might recommend a veterinary dermatologist who specializes in skin disorders.
  • For a list of recommended hypoallergenic pet foods, ask your veterinarian or, for dogs, visit the hypoallergenic dogfood blog[6] . For cats, search "hypoallergenic" at CatFoodReviews.com[7] .
post E-mail post Post   Comments (1)
CostHelper News


10 Key Ways to Prepare for Extreme Snow
Forecasters are predicting a true nor'easter will hit the eastern and central states with rain, thunderstorms, ice, snow and high winds over the Thanksgiving weekend. It's crucial to plan ahead, before bad weather hits. || Posted November 26 2013


10 Most Popular Cosmetic Procedures Before the Holidays
With reunions and other get-togethers scheduled during the holiday season, most people want to look their best at this time of year. For some, that means filling in those wrinkles with a bit of botox, or having a nip and tuck down here and there. || Posted November 23 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
85% Itchy DOGs = Allergy to Enviro Allergens.
Amount: $1,500.00
Posted by: StephenGOO in Chicago, IL.Posted: November 22nd, 2011 09:11AM
Method: Shampoo, Topicals, FOODs, Med\'s & Shots
Frustration = An Itchy DOG.rnrn85% Itchy DOGs = Allergy to Pollens, Dust Mites & Molds.rnrnAllergies = A Mis-Wired Immune System that can Only be ReCaliberated via Immuno-Allergy Shots or Sublingual GOO.rnrnCanine Allergy =Paw Chewing, constant Itching, Licking, Skin& Ear Issues and Big Vet $$ Bills !rnrnAllergy begins at Birth, is a Progressive, Cumulative Disease that sets into Motion a Lifetime Slippery Slope of multiple “Allergy Driven” Diseases and compromised Quality of Life for Pet & Pet Parent.rnrnSuggest 100% Natural, DVM Dermatologist Formulated Sublingual Doggy GOO …rnrnYou will See the GOO difference in your Dog.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam


 

Comment On Your Experience With Pet Allergy Testing
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Method:   
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.RXPetFood.com
  2.  www.nationalpetpharmacy.com
  3.  www.petco.com/petco_Page_PC_storelocator_Nav_2.aspx
  4.  stores.petsmart.com/
  5.  www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/dog-care-allergies.aspx
  6.  hypoallergenicdogfood.blogspot.com/
  7.  catfoodreviews.com/
More Pets & Pet Care Topics
Check Out All Costs for Pets & Pet Care How Much Does Dog Grooming Cost? How Much Does Cat Spay or Neuter Cost? How Much Does Raising Chickens Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com




Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Insulation and labor of sump pump
Paid: 11000.00
My 87 year old mother was just told by Roto Rooter it would cost her 11,000 for a submersible sump pump to be instaled and connected to her city sewer... [more]
-Maryizene
Sump Pump Cost
Disposals
Paid: 265.00
$265.00 is about the going rate for a badger 5 disposal in the Cincinnati area.... [more]
-Mark45236
Garbage Disposal Cost
timing belt, water pump and thermostat
Paid: 800.00
My car over heated and the thermostat needle was fully up. They replaced the water pump, thermostat, timing belt and other old hoses once they were inside the engine...plus an oil change. in my 1998 Pathfinder. All is well after that... [more]
-CBG
Replacing a Timing Belt Cost
Dentures
Paid: 6000.00
This will be my second set of dentures. I've learned there are different types for different budgets. My first pair were premium and lasted over 25 years... [more]
-MaggieMae 368
Dentures Cost
Gift of love
Paid: 300.00
I just made my son's wedding cake. It was 4 tiers, with a rough frosting exterior. The frosting was made with real butter and whipping cream. The cake layers were baked from scratch. It cost $300 for the ingredients and supplies... [more]
-Debobo
Wedding Cake Cost
Home visit, euthanasia & communal cremation
Paid: 300.00
Our experience was very similar to Sharlene's in Anaheim. Our lab (70 lbs.) was almost 15. He was given a sedative (shot) first. We had the convertible couch bed open in the living room... [more]
-Mary K Swift
Pet Euthanasia Cost