A 35-year-old member asked:
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i've been "back scratch" tested for allergies. can the doctors do a allergy tests for specific types of dogs?

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Dr. Gary Steven
29 years experience Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
Maybe: Dog allergy is typically due to a common allergen among all species, but your immune system may pick up small differences between species. Your allergist can make a crude extract from skin scrapings from a particular dog, but it's just that - crude. A positive skin test will mean that you're allergic to the dog, but a negative skin test with a crude extract doesn't rule out allergy.
Answered on Jan 19, 2017
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Dr. Samuel Gubernick
33 years experience Allergy and Immunology
No: There is no commercially available tests for specific breeds of dogs. You can be allergic to a common shared allergen, a breed specific allergen, or both. Unfortunately, the currently available testing material is for mixed breeds as well as the common shared allergen and not available seperately.
Answered on Feb 8, 2017
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Dr. Brian Novick
42 years experience Allergy and Immunology
No: Usually the scratch test (back or arms) includes a test for dog--there aren't reliable tests for different species.
Answered on Jul 18, 2013
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