Accurately diagnose canine food allergies once and for all


The Derm Vet Dr Ashley Bourgeois describes the most effective diagnostic measures, plus covers more must-know insights on veterinary dermatology

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Diagnosing food allergies is no easy feat, according to Ashley Bourgeois, DVM, DACVD—also known as "The Derm Vet." On this episode of The Vet Blast Podcast, she joins dvm360® chief veterinary officer Adam Christman, DVM, MBA, to offer her expert knowledge on differentiating this condition from atopic dermatitis and the most accurate diagnostic approaches available. Bourgeois also advises on communicating with clients and quashing common misconceptions.

Below is a partial transcript. Listen to the full podcast for more.

Ashley Bourgeois, DVM, DACVD: Food allergies are really tough. Yes, we do see a lot of food allergy [patients]. But food allergy is more complicated than people think. I do see a lot of clients coming in who often want to blame the food, right? Like that's the first thing clients think is, well, I took out chicken. It's more complicated than that. And what's really, really difficult is a lot of these dogs with food allergies have other forms of allergies too. So it's not a cut-and-dried process to diagnose them. But it is a very, extremely important thing to rule out as a cause of pruritis.

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