Confessions of a Pug Mum: Allergy Test for Dogs

Confessions of a Pug Mum: Allergy Test for Dogs |

Ref licking and chewing his paw

Ref has always had itchy paws and ears. I have never been able to get on top of the itchiness for him. And in the past few months, the itchiness with his paws has increased. I just didn’t know what to do. Ear drops that the vet would prescribe don’t help. Then there was no solution for the paws. We did an elimination diet to determine if the itchiness was caused by food. No real answer there since his itchiness never really went away. So the next step in the process is allergy test for dogs.

I bit the bullet and decided to order an online test. To be honest, I didn’t know how accurate it would be and I still don’t. But I thought it was a chance worth taking. To at least give me a guide of what allergies Ref may have so I can work towards him being itchy free for the first time in his life. The test I order was from an Australian Business where they send it off to a lab in the US to be tested.

So what does the involve? A simple and easy hair and saliva sample. I received a kit in the mail with 3 cotton tips and a sealable bag to place the samples in. I swabbed all 3 cotton tips on the inside of Ref’s mouth to make them moist. Then using the furminator, I got a hair sample. Popped them in the bag and sent them back with some forms. They were then sent off to the US lab for testing. 4 or so weeks later, I received the results via email.

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This was a twice weekly meal for Ref that needs changing due to some of his trigger foods

Initially, I was quite overwhelmed with the results. Everything I thought I was doing right for Ref, was not quite right for him. And whilst I don’t know how accurate these results are, they will be my guide to formulating what I hope is the right diet for him. Help him to be the healthiest he can possibly be.

The allergy test for dogs tests for a range of things. The first is for food triggers. This is the part that will help me with Ref’s diet. And it’s not just meat either. It tests for fruit, vegetables, fish, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, grains, oils, spices and a number of other things. In the image below, everything highlighted in red are his triggers. Everything I will be ensuring I avoid in his diet in hopes that it helps to balance his gut flora.

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The next it tests for are environmental stressors and triggers. Things like chemicals to grass, trees, weeds, flowers and pollens to dust and other environmental elements. Once again, everything highlighted in red in the image below shows Ref’s environmental stressors and triggers. Everything I will endeavour to keep out of his environment as much as possible.

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The last part of the test is the interesting part for me. It checks for Ref’s energetic imbalances. Everything highlighted in orange in the image below are his imbalances in his immune system. This is where I am hoping via his diet that I will be able to correct most, if not all, of his immune system imbalances. A lot of these imbalances I believe lead back to the yeast and candida overgrowth.

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This won’t be the easiest of journeys, but I am looking forward to the challenge. I want to give Ref an itchy free life. With this allergy test for dogs as a guide, the right supplements, a balanced diet and without the use of medication, I may just be able to get Ref to be itchy free.

If you are keen to have a pet wellness life stress scan that tests for allergies and immune system imbalances, then there are a couple of options available. In Australia, you can have the test done through Natural Healing for Animal. Kerry will not only go through the results with you but will provide you with some suggestions on ways to help your dog. For those in the US, you can purchase the same test kit from Dogs Naturally Magazine.

I will be providing some updates over the coming months on the changes I make with Ref and how it helps him.

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The start of some changes for Ref and a sample of what his meals will look like

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Kristy Beck

Kristy Beck

Owner & Content Producer at The Pug Diary
Kristy is the founder and editor of The Pug Diary, a photographer and pug mum extraordinaire to Ref + Serina. Kristy has combined her passion for photography with the love of pugs to bring you all of her knowledge of pugs and more to you through The Pug Diary.


  1. Avatar Sukismom on December 4, 2017 at 11:46 am

    I also have an allergic Pug. After all the usual things, many of which you did as well, I took him to a Veterinary Dermatologist. He performed skin testing which involved anesthesia and 100+ “pricks” of known allergens to see what he reacted to. I am SO glad I took him there. It was expensive as is the custom made serum he has to receive in an injection every 3 weeks, but, if you didn’t know, you would never know he has allergies. Turned out that he has NO food allergies at all, but is allergic to 50+ environmental things including mold, some trees and grasses, dust, cat dander (we don’t have a cat), cigarette smoke (we don’t smoke), various pollens and a host of other things. Short of putting him in a sterile bubble, he would never have gotten rid of the “itchies” had we not sought the help of a specialist. Seeing the change in him after a few weeks was like a miracle.

    • Avatar Rosie Faith Gordon on December 5, 2017 at 12:02 am

      We also took our terribly itchy pug to a veterinary dermatologist. Fooled around with the regular Vet far too long. Best decision we ever made. Expensive but worth every penny. Like yours, he had no food allergies, but he was allergic to every environmental thing, including air. He did improve greatly. The Vet said, ” he was born from very sick parents who should never have been bred.” He suffered from human greed. He was the only pug we ever purchased. We went on to only rescue pugs who others dumped and puppymill survivors.

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