I have some great news since we last spoke – barely any itching! I’m over the moon! It seems to be the shampoo that is working for him, which is really ironic since he only had a very slight reaction to the yeast skin test but that still means he has an allergy to it. Washing him with Maloseb on the Thursday resulted in no attacking of his paws and no dragging of his bum for over a week. Then when it started again, we washed him again and hey presto it all stopped. Wonderful. Its so nice that he now wakes up stretching rather than us hearing him furiously itching and gnawing at 5am and making his paws bleed.
That was the good news. The not so great news is that his bum has not been so great unfortunately, it fact its been darn right unpleasant. However, again we have found a temporary fix at least and have a potential plan. We are using Pooch & Mutt “Bionic Biotic” which is a powder you add to their food, and it has certainly worked to firm up his business lol. We are in the unfortunate situation whereby he is an extremely fussy eater, as well as having a sensitive tummy. We decided that we would give raw a go and this morning was his first meal and it went down well. He didn’t inhale it like I’ve seen him do with some of his food, but he did finish it in under an hour which is a pretty good result. We are going to leave off the probiotic powder and see how this raw food is on his digestion. The only downside is having space in our tiny freezer – I like to have a good supply of things in my life, I’m not one for continuously buying – alas we only have a small freezer.
I’m still feeling like an overstressed mum as far as Watson’s energy levels go, particularly this last week or so when he has taken to barking at anything and anyone. I believe this to be his adolescence so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it is a temporary situation and things will calm down soon. In the meantime we are thinking of increasing his daycare to 2 days per week.