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

Wonderful Care! We have been bringing both dogs to ZimmVet for years. We always get great care and everyone is friendly. Our Lab gets so excited when she gets there. Our other dog suffers from great anxiety and they treat her so well. They know the personality of both so well and know how to treat them.

— Lee D.

I would not know of any other veterinarian that has a more caring staff that are patient with us and take the time to listen about our three Pomeranians. Zimmvet knows how important our girls are to us and I would not take a chance on bringing them anywhere else.

— Ken G.

Our vet honored our desire to keep expenses down by providing us with estimates of the treatment we could choose from while trying to find out what was wrong with our very sick puggle. No cost was hidden. On top of all this, our dog was given excellent care. We love Zimmvet.

— Carisa M.

I have and will continue to recommend ZimmVet to others. The staff is personable and professional on all levels, both to the human clients and the animal patients. It is reassuring to me to know that I can count on them for any assistance I may need in caring for my pets now and in the future.

— Lou S.

We love Zimmvet! And most importantly, Handsome loves everyone at Zimmvet! We use their vet services and pet hotel and couldn't be happier with both. Highly recommend!

— Leigh C.

Our experiences over the years are always positive, even if the outcome isn't. The doctors and staff are warm and friendly. They are also very professional and thorough. We feel strongly that we get great value for our dollar, as well as wonderful pet care.

— Laurie C.

ZimmVet Pet Hotel has provided extended stay care for our German Shepherd and Black Labrador twice in the last two years. They did a great job of caring for them both during a two-week trip - not only catering to their needs but their concerned owners with email updates and photos. We can't say enough good things about ZimmVet Pet Hotel!!

— Curt V.

ZimmVet has well trained and competent professionals, but even more important to me is that they are sincerely 'good' people. They care about you and your pets - you're just not another record. In addition to the great staff, they offer a very broad range of services - even day care and training classes!

— Suzanne F.