My boy had a nasty foot infection last tear. I bandaged, dressed, cleaned gave antibiotics, etc for about 4 mos. He stayed in the spare bathroom for about 3 months, but since it wasn't getting better, and he wasn't using it, I let him stay with the girls and would bring him in for bandage changes until it seemed like all I was doing was hiding the infection. It just wouldn't respond to treatment. His foot finally fell off.. Think he'll be OK,...sjhould I feed him extra since he can't scratch?