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Studies of serum total immunoglobulin E concentrations in atopic and non-atopic dogs

Fraser, M.A. and McNeil, R.E. and Gettinby, G. (2003) Studies of serum total immunoglobulin E concentrations in atopic and non-atopic dogs. Veterinary Record, 152 (6). pp. 159-163. ISSN 0042-4900

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Abstract

The serum total immunoglobulin E (IgE) concentrations of two groups of atopic dogs and three groups of non-atopic dogs were compared. There was a wide range of concentrations with a high degree of overlap between the groups. The serum total IgE concentrations of a group of 15 non-atopic racing greyhounds were significantly higher than those of all the other groups. Atopic and non-atopic dogs receiving stringent parasite control treatments could not be differentiated on the basis of their serum total IgE concentrations. in the non-atopic dogs there was no correlation between their serum total IgE concentrations and the number of allergen-specific positive results obtained in an ELISA, or between their serum total IgE concentrations and their age.