I have a westie, 15 years old. for the past 7/8 years hes suffered with skin problems. . . typical westie problem.
he has outbreaks of skin / yeast infections. usually controlled with steroids and antibiotics. this time its much different.
he has a severe skin infection. 3 weeks ago diagnosed as deep pyoderma. hes been unresponsive to antibiotics and has been too and from the vets several times in the past few weeks.
Having come home from work today, hes not well. the scabs on his skin are cracking and bleeding. its a terrible sight. he has sores on hos back and underside. his paws are also sore. having been to the vets this evening I feel its time to let him go.
His skin this time is different to any other. its 10 times worse than ever before. also in the past 12 months hes probably only had 3 months of good skin.
Vet will not advise to let him go, but does agree. His age and other his other health problems are against him. he has senior caterax, heart murmer, dry eyes and often suffers with congunctivitis.
its a very difficult decision, and he his still eating and drinking. althouhh he has no interest in his toys or going for walks.
Im trying to get comfort in the thought he will no longer be suffering but its the hardest decision Ive ever had to make.
I'll miss him so much, hes my boy :'(