Help me convince my husband that we shouldn't wait to see the vet...
Our three year old Yorkie/Schnauzer mix, Einstein
, recently developed an itch. He scratches mostly on his snout, and on his sides. We sort of just dismissed the behavior account that you know, he's a dog. He's also been licking his paw pads a lot more than usual.
Today I decided to take a look at the area he was scratching on his sides. I found patches of thinner hair with small scabs dotted around. I've also noticed for the first time, some dark blueish/brownish mark spots under his fur. Mr. Shotty says it's probably just allergies and birthmarks and we can wait until Friday to take him to the vet. Meanwhile, my poor puppo is just miserably scratching the day away. I know that YANAV/YANMV, but i could really use some reasonable arguments against/for running him out to the emergency vet right away.
We have another dog and she doesn't show any similar symptoms or behaviors. Both dogs are treated regularly with flea/tick/whatever goo. We haven't changed the kibble brand (Royal Canin for Mini indoor adults) but I have taken to the habit of mixing in some wet food with the dry.
Other factors - We just returned from a vacation in Mexico and had some friends stay with the dogs while we were gone.
Please mefites, tell me that I'm over reacting and should wait for the vet, or give me solid reasons to take him to the vet ASAP.