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Artuvetrin® Serum Test

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Artuvetrin® Serum Test

Requesting a serological test in order to find the allergens that the dog reacts to is an alternative to the skin test. The Artuvetrin® Serum Test is a reliable choice for a blood test. This serological test was specifically developed for this purpose and is characterised by high specificity and sensitivity. During the test, the allergen-specific IgE (via the Fc receptor) present in the serum is bound up and made visible. This test finds the allergens that may be responsible for the atopic dermatitis of the pet.

Advantages of Artuvetrin® Serum Test

  • Fast and reliable results2
  • No need to stop short-term symptomatic medication8
  • Panels specially constructed for Europe (North-West and South) including Malassezia
  • Suitable for dogs, cats and horses
  • Clearly set out and easy to interpret result, togheter with clear advise and support

2 Lee, et al. Vet. Dermatol. 20 (2009) 157-164
8 Olivery, et al. Evidence-based guidelines for anti-allergic drug withdrawal times before allergen-specific intradermal and IgE serological tests in dogs Vet derm. 24 (2013) 225-232

Specific panels

The Artuvetrin® Serum Test is used to test a wide range of relevant indoor and outdoor allergens. The specific European panels (North-Western European panel and Southern European panel) contain the allergens clinically relevant and characteristic to these areas. The result of the Artuvetrin® Serum Test is supplied as a clear and easily interpretable indication, complete and with clear advice.

Both the Northern and Southern European panels were composed in close collaboration with specialists. Each panel contains allergens that are relevant to the specific area.

North-West European panel

South European panel

Results North-West panel Results South panel

Requesting the test

Download the Serum Test Request Form here, fill it in and send it along with 1.8 ml of serum to:

For the United Kingdom:
Artuvet Animal Health B.V.
Freepost RTLT-TRGU-RAYH THE OLD BAKERY
16 Wordsworth Road,West
West Bridgford
Nottingham NG2 7AN

Other countries:
Artuvet Animal Health B.V.
Postbus 612
8200 AP Lelystad
The Netherlands

Frequently asked questions



The benefits of the blood test compared with the skin test are:

  • The Artuvetrin® Serum Test is more efficient for small practices in terms of time and costs.
  • The Artuvetrin® Serum Test is an individual test for the most relevant allergens.
  • The result is easy to interpret together with the owner.
  • The dog’s skin does not need to be shaved.
  • In principle, the symptomatic medication, such as corticosteroids or cyclosporine, for the treatment of the atopy does not need to be suspended before the test.

The disadvantages of the serum test compared with the skin test:

  • The standard skin test may be supplemented with individual allergens, which makes the skin test more flexible.
  • When many dogs are tested in the practice, it is more cost-effective.
  • The dog owner sees the result immediately.


Insofar as we know, the following medication can be administered to dogs or cats in order to be subjected to a serum test without affecting the results:

– Corticosteroids
– Cyclosporine
– Antibiotics
– Anti-fungal agents
– Heartworm drugs
– Flea agents and devices
– Thyroid medication
– Heart medication
– Painkillers (NSAIDs).

Olivery, et al. Evidence-based guidelines for anti-allergic drug withdrawal times before allergen-specific intradermal and IgE serological tests in dogs Vet derm. 24 (2013) 225-232


For the optimal completion of the test, the serum is preferable. However, sending plasma or full blood will not negatively affect the test result.


Using a different material to collect and send the serum is not a problem.