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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. Samuel Gubernick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
9 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Brian Novick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Usually the scratch test (back or arms) includes a test for dog--there aren't reliable tests for different species.

In brief: No

Usually the scratch test (back or arms) includes a test for dog--there aren't reliable tests for different species.
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Dr. Gary Steven
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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