Dog Skin Problems That Require a Vet Appointment


Board certified in small animal practice, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince has treated companion animals for more than 25 years. Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince is a staff veterinarian at Elmhurst Animal Care Center, which offers pet bathing for routine grooming and treatment for allergies and skin conditions.

There are more than 150 skin conditions that can afflict dogs. For this reason, it is important to bring the dog to the vet at the first sign of irritation. Some of the most urgent conditions include symptoms such as:

Hair loss – Dogs can develop bald patches due to any number of ailments, including a mite infestation or a chronic disorder. It’s best to bring a dog displaying hair loss to a veterinarian for a full examination, rather than waiting for the condition to improve on its own.

Yeast – A dog’s skin always contains some yeast, but an overgrowth results in itchiness, thickened skin, and a foul odor. Yeast is usually due to an underlying problem, such as overactive oil glands or a genetic disposition. A vet can help determine the appropriate course of treatment.

Open Sores – Large red sores, also known as dermatitis, should always be examined by a veterinarian. Some sources of dermatitis, like scabies, are contagious and should be addressed immediately to avoid contaminating other animals.

Important Things to Know About Abnormal Weight Loss in Dogs

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A partner at Elmhurst Animal Care Center, Joel Todd Leroy Prince has worked as a veterinary professional for more than two decades. Through his work at Elmhurst Animal Care Center, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince aims to help pet owners prevent and treat various conditions and diseases, including abnormal weight loss.

Dogs may lose weight as the result of both abnormal and normal conditions, and veterinarians consider weight loss to be clinically important when it comprises more than 10 percent of the dog’s normal body weight and is not associated with dehydration or fluid loss. Some causes for abnormal weight loss include anorexia (which is the lack of appetite as a result of a disease or behavioral condition) and pseudoanorexia (in which a pet loses the sense of smell or experiences another disorder that makes it difficult or impossible to eat).

In the case that weight loss appears significant, a veterinarian may utilize a number of tests, such as radiographs (x-rays) and blood tests, to complete a diagnosis. Based on the diagnosis, the veterinarian will know whether to prescribe a treatment aimed at improving the dog’s health and quality of life.