I've upped his baths to three times a week. I know that daily baths would probably be best but I know myself well enough to realize that I would last less than a week if I tried to do a daily bath. Better to try 3 baths a week, knowing I can stick with it.
On Tuesday I had a great conversation with his vet and one thing she thought would be a good idea to try was to do a nightly foot soak in warm epsom salt water. His feet are definitely the most affected part and have a brownish pink color to them with scrunge between the toes. Epsom salt is great for decreasing swelling, but it also helps fight bacteria.
|I call this the "how could you?!" look|
While he doesn't think the foot bath is wonderful, I think he's just relieved it's not a bath and so he stands there in the tub with a long suffering look on his face and we listen to 99 Percent Invisible or Radiolab podcasts to pass the time.
After the paw soak I dry his paws and then immediately soak them again - this time with a colloidal silver solution. Then he gets his freedom and I just watch to make sure he doesn't lick his paws for awhile until everything dries.
|Sometimes I put a blanket over his feet to help him stop licking them. He finds this ridiculous and a bit rude but humors me.|
I'm not going to lie. It's a major pain in the butt - both for Rigby and I - but the good news is that this is not something he'll need all his life. We just have to do it until we get rid of the infection and after that I would guess a weekly bath would be fine. The food control will have to be all his life, however, as time passes and we try different foods slowly but surely the variety of foods he can eat will grow.
Our next step in this process will be for Rigby to stop in at the vet's on Monday to have his blood drawn for a full blood panel. Often skin problems can be related to thyroid imbalances which would be an easy fix. Adrenal problems can also be a cause. Whatever the case, it will be good information and will give his future adopters a good baseline blood work up to have to compare against future panels as he ages.