Pet Allergy Testing & Dermatology for Elk River MN & Surrounding Areas

Pet Allergy Testing/Dermatology Services at ZimmVet

One of the most common health problems in pets is allergies. Most people think allergies only affect pets in the warmer months; however, irritable skin can make your favorite pooch or kitty uncomfortable all year round. An allergy is an oversensitive reaction of the body’s immune system to normally harmless substances in the environment. The causes of animal allergies generally fall under the following categories:

  • Inhalants—These include seasonal allergens like pollen as well as indoor triggers such as dust and mold.
  • Food—Causes may include major proteins or carbohydrates such as beef, chicken, pork, corn, wheat, or soy, as well as dyes and preservatives.
  • Fleas—A single flea bite can cause severe itching.

Finding the Cause of Irritated Skin

Itchy, scratchy skin can also be symptomatic of other veterinary health issues, including parasites, bacterial and fungal infections, or underlying disease. The best way to determine exactly what is causing your pet’s skin problem is through skin and allergy testing. These tests may consist of skin scrapings, skin cultures, a skin biopsy, or blood allergy testing. Additional blood testing to look for disorders such as hypothyroidism and Cushing’s disease may also be recommended.

Treatment of Skin Problems

After testing, our skilled doctors will design a personalized dermatology treatment program to help your critter companion get some relief. For skin infections, antibiotic and antifungal medications as well as oral or topical anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed. An individual program to maintain your pet’s skin and prevent allergic flare-ups may include oral antihistamines, a prescription diet trial, omega fatty acid supplementation, and specialized topical products, such as shampoos, conditioners, or sprays, that may contain oatmeal and omega-3 fatty acids.

Symptoms of Skin Problems in Pets

  • Scratching, licking, or chewing at skin
  • Scabs
  • Redness or inflammation
  • Dark or black looking wrinkled skin
  • Hot spots (one particular area where itching is intense)
  • Round, scaly patches on the face and paws
  • Dry, flaky, or otherwise irritated skin
  • Hair loss and bald patches
  • Rashes
  • Lesions
  • Drainage of blood or pus
  • Swellings, lumps, or skin discoloration
  • Rubbing face against furniture or carpeting


Client Testimonials

Last Saturday was our first time there and our experience was a 5! Everyone was very informative and welcoming! Thank you!

— Carole Lefebvre

Bringing both of our dogs to be cared for, we are extremely pleased with the care they are receiving. Sadie, Willow and I thank you all.

— Sue Lenz

I really appreciated the way the doctors at the clinic cared for Diamond. Over fifteen years of love with my wonderful dog and the quality of regular care she received at the clinic made it possible. I was especially touched by the sympathy card I receive after sadly having to put her to sleep, it shows they really care.

— Darryl Anton

After recently moving to Minnesota we researched many veterinarian options and we chose the Zimmerman Veterinary Clinic. The staff was honest, thorough and genuinely caring. Their follow-up on our pets care was outstanding. Itís worth the trip for your petís care.

— The Connorsí Family - Rich & Amy Maximus, Petie, Buster, Bandit, Shadow, Kodibear & Sammy

We have taken our pets to the Zimmerman Vet Clinic for 20 years. Even when our visit was a sad one, we were treated with kindness and courtesy. The staff has always been professional and friendly. We highly recommend Zimmerman Vet Clinic to anyone who loves their pet.

— Bratsch

The staff at Zimmerman Veterinary Clinic has taken care of my dogs since 1979. I am especially pleased with the care of my last companion/friend, Ruby Mae. She received the best care I could have expected. The staff gave her loving care and attention during her whole lifetime. I canít thank them enough for being there for support. I will continue to use them with my new friend, Baily Sue.

— Sincerely, Dale Cannon

We love Zimmerman Vet! They give the best care & have a wonderful staff!

— Laurie Gansen Cramer

Thank you all for being such amazing people & taking such great care of my little man Bentlee! You will never know how much I appreciate all your information, fast actions & the care you put forth to all animals that come to your office! Thanks Again!

— Dani George

Iíve had dogs all my life and this is by far the best place to take your pet for their veterinary needs!!! Great service from the entire staff, they really care about the wellness of your pet, and my Gauge gets a little extra TLC (he is a senior now).

— Bonni Placek Cook