Yesterday, Ollie had the last of the medication for the current round of treatment.
He has had a lot of tablets, both antibiotics and steroids, as well as daily ear drops for some time now.
We finally managed to get him to swallow the tablets with no fuss, by concealing them in a small chunk of Brie. He lets me give him the ear drops without resistance, though he flinches every time I insert the tube deep into his ear.
I would flinch too.
His fur is slowly growing back, but some of the bald patches are still clearly visible. The head shaking has stopped, and he has been sleeping and eating well.
Once the steroids are out of his system by the weekend, I can start to give him his Arthritis tablets again. Despite being stiff-legged now, he still manages his walks.
Earlier this week, he even chased a Muntjac deer into some reeds by the river, and the animal escaped Ollie by running through the water and leaping out onto Hoe Rough.
On the 12th of February, Ollie will be 10 years old. Around 80 in human years, for his breed.
You can bet he will get a birthday tribute!