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Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet with 10 years of clinical experience.
I'm sorry to hear this and understand your concern for him.
If the vet has suggested putting him to sleep, does he currently have a poor quality of life? It would not be usual for a vet to advise euthanasia due to age and a skin lesion alone.
Could you please send a photo of his nose?
This photo is difficult to interpret, what part of the body is this? His nose?
Could you send a photo of his whole face please?
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I'm so sorry he has been dealing with this, I understand it must be a real source of stress for you.
Given the severe matting and the lesions present, antibiotics alone would not be advised.
At this point, we either need to provide immediate treatment including sedation, de-matting, wound flushing and antibiotics, or we need to consider letting him go.
If you feel he is not at the stage where euthanasia is the right choice, he needs to have this treated ASAP.
Age alone is not reason for an animal to not be able to undergo anaesthetic and most of the patients we put under GA are very elderly. If the alternative is euthanasia, anaesthetic and treatment must be pursued. If your vet will not do this, please seek a 2nd opinion.
Not at all.
If there is anything else, please just let me know.