I have not been able to take him to his Dr, I do not have any money. (I was retired from the military due to cancer, and that only pays once a month.)
Here is something interesting though: I gave him a bath a few days ago, and the amount of hair that came off of him was insane!!
I filled up an entire flowerpot with loose hair in less than 10 minutes. He had been shedding like mad for months, so I wasn't that surprised, but now all of the sudden he is shedding less & that is a surprise. He is brushed daily & I've tried a lot of fur remover tools that haven't done anything (like the Furminator).
His ears has been producing (or collecting) a lot of brown gunk. I usually wipe the insides of his ears with Epi-Otic ear cleanser every couple of days, so I know they are clean, because I'm the one doing the work.
That's about the only thing that has changed since we last spoke.
Thanks for checking in! I will let you know when a solution is found, if one can be found. I always like the experts to know what the situation becomes as the weeks go by.
(One thing...and this is for your personal knowledge: why is Just-answer paying you only $5 for this question? They gave a vet assistant double that for another question 2 months ago & it was half as complex! She knew what she was talking about, but not with the level of understanding that you have (which is why you are the Dr & she is the assistant).
Just an observation...I've always felt that society treats
charges from vetenarians like teachers & child care providers asking for a raise. Everyone uses your services at some point, and if you were not here there would be a lot of trouble! Yet few people want to pay. Then there are the times that I'm sure you've worked for nothing, just to help an animal that was suffering. All the days that you make money are even out by the times that you just help animals w/o money.
A very close family friend married a vet about 20 years ago & they are always broke. I watched him perform hip surgery on a dog that was the victim of a hit & run. The dog was a stray that someone brought in (and then left). He knew there was zero chance of being compensated for the supplies he used, never mind the time spent and school bills he is still paying. I think a lot of people probably asked him why he didn't put the dog down. That's Mike though, there is no chance that he would ever turn away any animal in need. If he wasn't 2000 miles from here, Duke would have already been in his office for an exam moths ago.