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Pet Allergy Testing Lab

Allergy Testing & Desensitization Treatments for Dogs & Cats

Does your cat or dog suffer from extreme itching, poor skin coat, hair loss, sneezing or runny eyes? It could be seasonal inhalant allergies.

Since 1998, Quakertown Veterinary Clinic has offered an in-house allergy test from a simple blood sample.

In addition, our in-house laboratory can make an allergy desensitizing vaccine specifically for your animal.


The following is a list of seasonal activity of pollens that may be affecting your pet:


English Plantain (May/June)
Grasses (April/May)
Pine mix (until Sept.)
Red Sheep Sorrel (May/June)
Trees (March-May)


Cocklebur (late July until Autumn)
Goldenrod (July-Oct)
Lamb's Quarter
Marsh Elder (late July until Autumn)
Timothy (late June-Aug)
Tobacco Leaf (mid July-mid Aug, &
if second-hand smoke in house)
Yellow Dock
Mugwort (Aug)


Goldenrod (Sept-Oct)
Marsh Elder
Ragweed (Aug/Sept)


House Dust Mite and Sheep Wool: symptoms all year round including winter.
Molds: Symptoms classically start late Feb./March and continues until November. They can be worse in Spring/Fall, when molds colonize grass clippings and fallen leaves. May be year 'round if mold exists in the house.

Why you or your veterinarian should utilize our ELISA:


  • It is a valuable tool for the diagnosis and treatment of allergic inhalant dermatitis. 
  • Fast reliable results. 
  • Convenient with no referrals needed.
  • Customized hyposensitization vaccines are available.

In addition, the following ELISA and associated Immunotherapy results can be expected:
•97% High Sensitivity (ablity to correctly identify positive hypersensitivities)
•87% High Specific (ability to correctly identify negative hypersensitivities)
•83% Success rate with Immunotherapy based on results of ELISA.

Allergy Lab Staff:

Kevin Shanley, DVM, DACVD is the QVC Allergy Lab consultant.  Dr. Shanley completed his residency in dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania under the guidance of Dr. Schwartzman and Dr. Bill Miller.  He established the first veterinary dermatology practice in the state of Arizona then returned to the University of Pennsylvania as an Assistant Professor of Veterinary Dermatology where he remained for seven years.  He has been a veterinary dermatologist in private specialty practices in the Philadelphia area since 1993. Dr. Shanley has lectured nationally and internationally on a variety of topics related to practicing veterinary dermatology and has published numerous research studies and clinical investigative reports. 

Dr. Shanley was an Adjunct Associate Professor in Clinical Dermatology at the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania until 2010.  His special interests in veterinary dermatology include allergic skin disease, ear diseases, autoimmune skin diseases, and adverse drug reactions affecting the skin of dogs and cats.  Dr. Shanley is a member of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association, the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology, the American College of Veterinary Dermatology and the American Veterinary Medical Association.


For more information call 215-536-6245 and schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. Please know that you do not have to be a client of Quakertown Veterinary Clinic.

All veterinarians, local or in other states, can contact us for this service on your pet at 215-536-8066 or email



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