Apologies for the new thread, can't find the old one as it was a while ago. Background info for those who didn't see the previous thread - it started with a sore/ulcer on Pebbles' lip, followed by what seemed to be an allergic reaction to Advantage spot-on (sore on back of neck), followed by more sores developing on other parts of his neck - old ones healing but more developing and he was scratching quite a bit. We've had multiple vet trips where different options were suggested, from full surgical biopsy through to wait-and-see approach. The last two visits were with a different vet, who agreed with me that biopsy was a bit drastic and suggested a trial shot of steroids. This really seemed to help him, so she gave a longer-lasting steroid shot which will need to be repeated every 6-8 weeks. He's much better - no more scratching, old sores are healing much faster and no new ones appearing. But I'm a bit concerned over the implications of long-term steroids (he's 8). Alternatives suggested were an elimination diet (would be very hard to do as he's a fusspot and hates having the same food more than 2 meals in a row, so he'll go out and scavenge discarded hotdogs or steal food from the neighbours) or another med called cyclosporin, but the vet said this also has side effects and she feels the steroids are best. (The vet we'd seen previously had suggested the cyclosporin - same vet practice, we just saw different vets on different occasions.) Any advice/experience/reassurance gratefully received!