While it is always nice to be able to treat things from home, and you certainly can find success in helping your Maltipoo with allergies, there are some valid reasons to see the veterinarian.
- Sometimes, other issues can mimic allergies. This includes mite infestation or other skin infections. And, intestinal upset can be due to other reasons such as parasites, or even partial blockage. So, seeing the vet to confirm that your Maltipoo does indeed have allergies is always a good idea.
Another part of this, is pinpointing the exact allergens, which can of course be helpful in avoiding them. However, this is easier said than done. There are two main methods that vets use to do this, blood testing and skin testing.
Blood testing is often done with an ELISA test, which checks the bloodstream for anti-allergens. This has a couple of cons; it is much more accurate with airborne triggers than food or contact allergens, and even so, it can have false positives because the test was designed for humans, not canines.
Another option is intradermal skin testing; though, for this a puppy or dog needs to be sedated. A section of the coat is shaved down to expose the skin, and then tiny pinpricks of common allergens are injected just under the skin. If there is a reaction, this points to the dog being sensitive to it.