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'Clearly uncomfortable': Dog arrives at Vancouver SPCA with serious skin issues

“Her skin was red and inflamed, and there was a layer of yellow, yeasty build-up in a number of areas on her body where her fur should have been."

The BC SPCA has received an outpouring of support for an older dog at its Vancouver branch suffering from severe skin issues. 

Lola, an eleven-year-old pit-bull terrier cross, arrived at the shelter "quiet, clearly uncomfortable" and smelling "really bad," said Jodi Dunlop, manager of the Vancouver BC SPCA.

Not only was the senior dog's skin "red and inflamed," but there was also "a layer of yellow, yeasty build-up in a number of areas on her body where her fur should have been," she added.

Described as a "really sweet dog," Lola hadn't received any treatment for her condition. After examination by a veterinarian, she was prescribed skin medication and bathed in medicated shampoo. She is also on a special diet for her stomach and skin issues.

Moving forward, Lola will require surgery to remove her skin tags and she will also need to be spayed. 

The BC SPCA first shared Lola's story on Thursday (Sept. 29), asking the public for donations for her recovery. Petsecure Pet Health Insurance also offered to match all donations up to $3,000 to help with her care. 

As of this writing, the SPCA has raised a whopping $24,504, far exceeding its original goal. Of course, any of the funds that don't go to Lola will go to other animals in need at the shelter, and there is no shortage of them. In fact, there are already ten other listings on the emergency fund page for the Vancouver branch. 

The SPCA says Lola has already come a long way; her fur is growing back and she is showing her personality more.

“Lola is such a good girl,” says Dunlop. “She loves going for walks and playing in the courtyard at the shelter.”

Lola will require weeks of ongoing care at the BC SPCA. Once she has recovered from her spay surgery, Lola will be available for adoption.


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If you can help Lola and other animals in need at the BC SPCA, please visit the emergency page.