Took him in a couple of weeks ago to get his vaccinations updated, and saw Hannah the Lurcher-owning Vet. She felt his condition might improve with treatment, so gave him a steroid jab and an antibiotic rather than a vaccination, and told us to bring him back in a couple of weeks for a checkup. And it worked! OK, he's still just a little snotty, but he's not firing projectile goop in all directions, and he can breathe quietly and generally seems fitter and more comfortable! I think his ears look cleaner too, though they are still far from perfect, even with the aid of Thornit Ear Powder.
Obviously we have consulted on the problem of Yama's breathing previously, but I think, only with Martin The Useless Vet, whose mantra if bits are not obviously falling off tends to be: 'keep an eye on it'. Hum.
I took him back for his vaccs today - unfortunately, this was with MTUV, but as Yama is now doing so well, I think we're all good. The steroid should last 4-6 weeks (this is week 3) and he only needs to come back for another one if his condition deteriorates again.
I have a bad feeling we have vet bills ahead for Yama - he had a dental last year, but his teeth are already showing tartar again, he's getting odd little growths in his ears, and I suspect the inside of his nose may be not too good either. But we'll cross those bridges when we come to them.