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  1. I think it looks like a sebaceous cyst too. Don't squeeze, as Macoduck says, but I don't think it would hurt to try applying a warm damp compress (a wrung-out flannel or similar) for a few minutes, maybe several days running, to see if that encourages it to open up and drain. And/or to try dabbing on a little witch hazel, using a ball of cotton wool.
  2. Could they be sebaceous cysts? I can recall Doc having these occasionally. There is a summary of the various kinds of skin lumps and bumps dogs can get here; seems pretty comprehensive, and helpful, even if it is on a dog food manufacturing website not a veterinary one!
  3. Good luck to you and Grace! Doc and Ken both grew to be okay with having their nails clipped, but I ended up acquiring an electric grinder for Ken because it was so difficult to see how much to cut away with his dark nails. Hopefully once Grace's are back under control you will find regular sessions with the grinder prove adequate. If not, are you anywhere near your adoption kennels? If and when those reopen to visitors the staff would I am sure be happy to clip them in return for a small donation. Ours used to set up a "nail bar" at its open days and always did a brisk trade, using those guil
  4. No, but Ken my old greyhound had recurrent problems with swollen and bleeding nail beds in particular, and would also develop a sore patch on his nose. They would go away when treated with antibiotics, and we assumed initially that he was just prone to infections, but when we eventually saw a specialist dermatologist, she diagnosed mucocutaneous lupus, which affects areas of damp tissue - nail beds, nose, lips, etc. It was an immune issue but one that could be sorted out quite easily, initially with steroids to sort out the inflammation and then a tetracycline antibiotic. He was on the latter
  5. That's greyt news - well done Skelly! Thanks for the update.
  6. Regular exercise and supplements are important, I agree. So too is keeping them warm, and letting them lie soft - i.e. cosy supportive beds, out of draughts. Plus a housecoat or greyhound pyjamas maybe for winter nights, if your heating goes off then. Glad they are enjoying the sardines Other kinds of oily fish will be popular and helpful, too.
  7. It sounds as if she's in your room, which is great - best way for you all to bond - but I wonder if there is some external cue that is waking her up? Dawn light through thin curtains, milk float going past, boiler kicking in, whatever? If there is and it's beyond your capacity to change, I'd be inclined to just reassuringly say "it's okay Skelly, settle back down!" Does she know "bed" or "settle" as a command yet? If not, start teaching her in the daytime, with the aid of treats. Can be useful when visitors come, too; as she's a nervous girl she would probably find it helpful to know that
  8. You've had some good tips here. My first greyhound Doc had a very high prey drive and it felt at times like a steep learning curve! One thing that was crucial was me learning to "think greyhound" as we walked, spotting the rabbits or ducks or whatever before he did. Then I could walk another way/ position myself in his line of view/ even eventually say "look, bunnies! And now look at me ... good boy! Treat!" It was much easier to get his attention back on me and those treats *before* he went crazy. If Sully does kick off, please try and stay calm and authoritative and grounded yourself
  9. Thinking back to Doc I remember being *most concerned* the first time I encountered ETS. There he was, lying down, seemingly relaxed, but with a section of pink tongue lolling out onto the bed. Was it broken? None of the retired greyhound literature I had mentioned this phenomenon, when I checked - but fortunately a couple of photos showed it. Phew! Doc was also a "happy growler" and I was also taken aback the first time he did that - the alarm clock had gone off, and he had rushed in from next door to say good morning as usual, and there he was standing beside the bed being petted and th
  10. Ditto, all my three have had racing dreams. And, when I walk Tiger, he always wants to take off after anyone who passes us on a motorbike. He doesn't do that for any other vehicle, so I think that must be a recollection from his training days - I understand that here in the UK some dogs get encouraged to chase by using a stuffed toy dragged along behind a motor bike. Oh, and I've just remembered: Doc my first greyhound I took along to a fundraising event for retired greyhounds at our local track, before that closed. He had no idea where we were while we stayed front of house, but when I t
  11. I am so sorry for your loss - but what a wonderful life you gave her. Run free, sweet Bea!
  12. This does sound as if it could be sleep startle. May also be an element of not being used to being disturbed at night - don't forget, in kennels they get put to bed of an evening and then don't see anybody until the next morning. Sometimes they are housed in pairs, others have a whole space to themselves. I know that if I woke up in the dark myself to find someone unexpectedly beside me, I'd definitely feel alarmed and possibly aggressive! Heyrundog's advice is good, in the circumstances I would also switch on the landing light to make quite sure he's woken up before passing him. You migh
  13. I agree with all greysmom says. Tiger came to me just before lockdown having been returned from another home for bed guarding; we think that the problem largely arose because the home was a small and rather chaotic one, and he never felt able just to enjoy his bed in peace, always uncertain whether someone would be coming to disturb him. I was foolish enough to get bitten myself early on, when I misread his body language early one morning and failed to realise that he was guarding his bed again. It came as a shock because my last greyhound Ken was such a very gentle chap, who would never have
  14. Agree about asking the vet to check for a urinary tract infection - it definitely sounds to me as if this could be the problem, especially him wanting to hold it in on the way out, and failing. This isn't typical of a young, healthy male dog - I am always amazed how long they can and will wait for the right spot. Tiger my latest adoptee doesn't even want a bathroom break when I get up, will save it all up until we go out for a walk after breakfast and he can mark his favourite trees and lamp-posts!
  15. Thanks @ozgirl and @GreyPoopon! He continues to settle in happily and now I think feels very much at home here. Seems much more comfortable about being approached on his bed, though he has developed a bit of a habit instead of taking weird stuff to that - yesterday his sponge which I had left on the draining board. He tried to eat it (he is super-keen on food!) and finding it less than tasty tore it into chunks and scattered those around instead! I thought you might all like seeing this photo of him that my neighbours took recently - they keep a jar of treats for him and he has work
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