Allergy Testing for Your Pets


Allergic reactions in pets can range from “mild nuisance” to “critical health issue,” so testing your pet for allergies is a regular practice and service offered at Bemidji Veterinary Hospital.

We have a panel of tests we use to determine if your pet has intolerance to the following allergens:

  • Food ingredients
  • Airborne pollens and spores
  • Community-specific irritants
  • Parasites
  • Other specific known allergens

For household pets, the most common intolerances are food allergies. Here are some things to look for if your pet demonstrates allergic symptoms:

  • Licking of paws
  • Rubbing of face and eyes
  • Intense itching (pruritis) and scratching
  • Rashes
  • Hyperpigmented skin
  • Thickened and hardened skin (lichenification)
  • Chronic diarrhea

The following allergic reactions are particular to cats:

  • Asthma
  • Acne
  • Discharge from the nose and eyes

For both cats and dogs, vomiting and diarrhea are possible allergic reactions. Although allergic reactions are very treatable, they can be very serious. If allergic conditions lead to bacterial or fungal infections, this could lead to a serious medical situation for your pet. It’s always a good idea to contact us or visit us for an appointment if you suspect your pet is having an allergic reaction.

Treatment and Prevention

Dermatology issues and parasite infestations are two examples of what Bemidji Veterinary Hospital doctors and staff are prepared to treat or prevent for your pet when it comes to mitigating their allergies.

We can also administer allergy injections formulated specifically for your pet as well as place him or her on a specialty diet. If we do not regularly carry the specialty pet food your animal needs, we can order it or locate it for you.