Fin has had a bad winter followed by a not-so-good summer. see Fin’s Page. He has had a series of infections which have made him itch quite badly, necessitating the use of Steroids. I hate using steroids on him due to the side effects, but they do help to calm the itching to a degree.
He’s back on baths on alternate days (we had got him down to two per week!). His eye and ear drops are used daily.
It’s a vicious cycle – the infections need anti-biotics, this allows the yeast to flare up on his skin, needing more frequent baths.
He is allergic (amongst a load of other things), to both the yeast and the staphlococcus infection.
At six and a half, we know that he’s unlikely to live to a ripe old age, but we continue to treat what we can and according to Andrew, our Vet at Donaldson & Partners, we have treated him for far longer than most people would have.
When we compare him with the pictures taken when he first came in, he’s a different dog, but it is a constant battle to keep him as good as we can.
The criteria we use is, “on the whole, is he enjoying Life?”
He has good days and he has bad days. When his bad days outnumber his good days we’ll seriously consider euthanasia, as we certainly don’t want him to suffer any more than he is, but if we can keep him relatively stable, and whilst he has the fight in him, we’ll fight for him.