There has been some improvement with Watson’s itching! Yay! Well, semi yay, cause we are still somewhat confused by it all. Literally one day after the 2 week mark, the bum itching disappeared and instead of chewing his paws he was just licking them. That went on for 3 days, so we decided it was probably a food allergy after all. Great to not have to give him the drug anymore (cause we think it made him feel poorly) but not the greatest news that it was a food allergy. That would mean introducing one food back in at the 4 week mark, then if he reacted to it we’d need to wait a further 2 – 4 weeks to get it out of his system, and then choose one other thing to reintroduce and so on and so forth. It could take more than a year to figure out all the allergies!
Anyhoo, 3 days later, it all started again. We have given him nothing different at all so out the window went the food allergy theory, with a little bit of mixed emotion. We’ve also started noticing that after walks his eyes are completely bloodshot, so our current theory is that it is hayfever. We didn’t ever think it was that because he starts itching as soon as he wakes up despite us washing all his bedding and ours at 90 degrees in allergy friendly detergent.
That’s us at week 3 now so halfway there. 3 more weeks and he can have the tests which will hopefully tell us something.
I’ve felt a bit stressed by my little monkey this week to be honest. As always it comes down to money. We’ve found a great daycare but its £25 a day, and as I’ll not be working soon that might not be something we have the luxury of using much. However, if I’m to start this pet photography business, I need to leave the house for 3 to 4 hours at a time and we can’t and don’t want to leave Watson for that long. Even when I do charge for photos, to be competitive I’ll need to price at about £30 per session which means I’ll be making £5 a day if Watson is in daycare!
I’m back to wondering if 2 dogs is the answer – I’d love Watson to have a little companion and I’d feel much happier leaving him for a few hours if he had a pal. Again its money – with my joints I won’t be able to walk them as much as they need, as is the case with Watson and why we use a dog walker. Adding a 2nd dog to that will be mighty expensive. I also think that asking someone to look after one dog is one thing, but two is quite another. Take my lovely neighbour who has Watson over for playtime with her dog – she was looking after a friends dog this week so couldn’t have Watson over one day because 3 was too much. So if I had 2 then it would have meant no playtime. Actually, thinking that through it wouldn’t have meant that at all – the only reason Watson went over was to have playtime so if he had a play buddy….. I feel a convo with hubby coming on :0)