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SPOT TEST Methodology

The Most Reliable & Advanced In-Vitro Testing Available
The R&D Department at Spectrum Labs has analyzed each testing system available closely and combined the most reliable aspects of each method to bring you the SPOT TEST, the most reliable and advanced in-vitro testing available. Since our SPOT TEST measures the allergen-specific IgE, patients do NOT need to be taken off steroids or antihistamines prior to testing since research has shown that at normal therapeutic doses they do not affect IgE levels. By partnering a very sensitive assay with the industry’s most comprehensive treatment protocol, Spectrum Labs has achieved the highest improvement rates possible (up to 90%).

Testing Requirements

Ensuring the Highest Level of Accuracy
Collect 3-5ml of serum and place in Spectrum Lab’s serum collection vial. Allow to stand until clotted and centrifuge. Decant or aspirate the serum and place in Spectrum Lab’s serum collection vial. Place the vial along with the completed order and history forms into a Spectrum pre-paid mailer and submit to Spectrum Labs for testing. Results will then be faxed, mailed or telephoned depending on individual requirements. The SPOT TEST employs patented covalent technology to bind allergen to the testing surface ensuring the highest level of binding thus dramatically reducing the false negatives so commonly associated with standard ELISA based assays used for allergy testing.

The Ultimate Spot - Canine & Feline

The Most Comprehensive Allergy Testing Available
For Canine & Feline, the Ultimate Spot Package represents the most comprehensive allergy testing available anywhere, with a total of 91 allergens tested. This consists of regional inhalants like:
  • grasses
  • trees
  • weeds and shrubs specific to your geographic area
  • common indoor allergens
  • the 24 most common commercial pet food ingredients
  • as well as flea, staph and malassezia
Check out our interactive allergy map for Regional Allergy Screens.

The Ultimate Spot - Equine

The Most Comprehensive Equine Allergy Testing
The Ultimate Spot Package for Equine: The Equine Ultimate Spot Package consist of 86 allergens including regional inhalants like:
  • grasses
  • trees
  • weeds and shrubs specific to your geographic area
  • common barn allergens
  • grain mixes (corn, oat, wheat and barley pollens)
  • foods (such as alfalfa, barley, corn, linseed, milo, oats, etc.)
  • molds
  • and biting insects common to horses
Check out our interactive allergy map for Regional Allergy Screens.

Our Treatment Methodology

A Comprehensive Approach to Treatment
Spectrum Labs isn’t just known for it’s sensitive and specific testing assay but has also made a name for our comprehensive approach to treatment. Since there is no known “cure” for allergies and the prospect of avoiding all the things your patient’s react to is unrealistic, we turn to hyposensitization to help us most effectively manage pet’s allergies. While other labs limit the number of allergens to 12-15, Spectrum increases the likelihood for quicker, more lasting relief by including up to 20 allergens in a single treatment set, often for a price that is a fraction of what other labs charge.

Administering Initial Injections

Administered in Increasing Doses
Treatment for allergies are via subcutaneous injections of the offending allergens. These shots are administered over a 9-month period and administered in increasing doses as well as gradual increases in concentration. The 3 vials of increasing concentration are supplied directly by Spectrum on a prescription basis to the testing veterinarian. The initial 9-month period of hyposensitization is followed by monthly maintenance shots. Click to Enlarge (PDF)
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Administering Maintenance Injections

Maintaining The Pet's Tolerance To Allergens
Once the initial injection protocol is completed, it is necessary to maintain the pet’s increased tolerance to allergens. After an initial half dosage, maintenance injections are administered monthly and each set lasts approximately 8 months. Click to Enlarge (PDF)
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Before & After Photos

actual patients tested & treated through Spectrum Labs
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