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    Default Terrible Decision - Need advise. Sorry so long....

    Aside from Jack, I also have Bandit. He is a Beagle - Basset Hound - Dachsund mix that I rescued over 12 years ago. At that time, I was told he was about 4 years old.So Im guessing this ol' fella today is at least 15-16 years old.... For the last 3 years or so, he's had terrible skin psoriasis, as well as swollen legs and loss of hair on his belly & legs.. We had changed his food to grain free and it became better but not near normal ... He has gone to the vet which prescribed an antibiotic which seemed to alleviate all the symptoms but after a month of being off the antibiotocs, the symptoms returned with a vengeance.He doesnt seem to be in pain but I know he is not comfortable. I bathe him once a week with Hydrocortisone shampoo which alleviates him for that day. The next day he is back to super dry and scaley skin... The sad part is this. He is just so terribly smelly (this is putting it mildly) that I am forced to keep him in our Backyard patio. It is a covered patio with ceiling fans so he is cool during the afteroon. He has his bed there where he sleeps most of the day when not sun bathing on the wood deck. However, we feel terrible having to do this...I'm guessing his condition is mainly attributed to his age & immune system just being so weak that most anything is causing this condition to manifest itself.So what should I do..? My wife looks at me.... and we don't ever talk about it ...but I know that the way she looks at me she's telling me that we should consider putting him to sleep. I dont think I could ever do that. The ideal way for Bandit to pass on would be in his sleep. But they way this ol' fella is going, it looks like he's gonna outlive ME.! He eats well, drinks well, Pees & Poops daily. Its just the quality of life that Im giving him is really putting me down... I feel terrible.


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    Default Re: Terrible Decision - Need advise. Sorry so long....

    Of course no one is going to be able to tell you what would be best for Bandit and/or your family. Have you tried asking the vet for a shampoo recommendation. Or tried some of the ones for humans with scalp problems. I really dont know what to say other than my heart goes out to you and your family... this has to be just a horrible situation for you all.

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    Default Re: Terrible Decision - Need advise. Sorry so long....

    Poor little guy. That is very tough... I cannot imagine what you (not to mention he) must be going through. One thing you might look at is the Earthbath line of products. They have a range of shampoos (and a conditioner) designed to soothe minor skin irritation and spritzes you can use day to day to keep them smelling fresh and/or help soothe the skin when it isn't time for a bath. They're very mild and contain human-grade ingredients so, should you want to bathe in it yourself, you can.

    P.S. You obviously know your wife better than we do, but if you don't talk about it, you can't know (for certain) what she wants you to do. Maybe his situation is equally distressing for her too.

    Best of luck to you and your fam! Hope something works out for Bandit!

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    Default Re: Terrible Decision - Need advise. Sorry so long....

    I'm with Bruce ...having had a lifetime of Dogs and cats...ànd living through many life stages, there is no way we can help with this decision. We had a huge Dobie live 15 years..and her last few years we were convinced "this would be Zoe's last Christmas. She had incontinence problems and lived on Rimadyl. She would poop in her sleep and wake us up to the wonderful aroma of THAT! She didn't get to do everything the younger dogs did...but she was happy. I think if it were me..I'd talk to the vet about ome sort of long term antibiotic treatment..if that worked..then there must be an underlying infection. I'd realize..his life might seem sad to you..but if he's not in pain and not suffering, I'd do the best I could and let him tell you when it's time. Have you thought about a dermatologist ? It might be something so simple...and a second opinion might help. I feel the sadness in your post..and no matter what this outcome is..it's obvious how much he is loved.

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    Oh my heart is breaking for you and your situation....I would ask the vet if he can recommend any shampoos that would be gentle enough for his skin but also fragranced.

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    I am wondering if steroids in a small amount would help? Not sure if it would help this condition just throwing it out there....


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    Default Re: Terrible Decision - Need advise. Sorry so long....

    Although it is quite difficult to recognize a particular source of food allergies, you can handle this problem yourself. Put your dog on a diet that consists only of ingredients that your dog has never eaten before - it can be rabbit meat, or turkey. Keep your dog on this diet (with no additives) for one month. If the symptoms of food allergy disappear, then your dog has a food allergy. To make sure you know what ingredient caused the food allergy, expand your dog diet by adding one ingredient at a time. Let your dog to stay on that modified diet with one added ingredient for a month before you add another ingredient. Also look for ways to naturally boost the immune system. There are tons of natural ways to do this. I pray you find the right answer to his problems......Don't give up on him yet till you try limiting the ingredients in his diet. Good luck!

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    Default Re: Terrible Decision - Need advise. Sorry so long....

    I think you'll know when it's time. Has the vet said he's okay? As gross as this is, the smell could be his skin rotting if he's got an infection of some sort. I would try regular bathing and see how that works out.

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    I agree with @JAKEISGREAT ... seek an opinion from a skin doctor if you haven't already
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    My heart goes out to you. I hope he starts feeling better soon that way you dont have to have that discussion with your wife. This decision is never easy. Your in my thoughts and prayers!
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    Default Re: Terrible Decision - Need advise. Sorry so long....

    im with the skin dr to or at least get some malaket shampoo and try it and maybe a probiotic and a vitamin maybe also. he seems fine other than this problem and if antibiotics cleared it up then it seems its something that can be fixed. hugs to you dear for having to make this decision

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    Default Re: Terrible Decision - Need advise. Sorry so long....

    What a difficult position you are in, I know from my own personal experience with Psoriasis, there are times that I have to go on steroids when I have a major outbreak, I have a steroid cream that I put on just the spots that I have. I do know that UV light helps to heal mine (not heal but manage), maybe getting some extra sun would help??

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