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NeylasMom

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  1. I ordered some that are arriving today or tomorrow. I'll report back although I imagine it will take some time before I know how well they work. Violet's dentist suggested them as an alternative to the water, which she's not a fan of. Violet's teeth are bad and she's 12 1/2 now. I've never been consistent with brushing because we both find it aversive. This seems like it will be less painful for both of us so the hope is we can prevent her from needing any more dentals.
  2. Does anyone have a brand of dental wipes they like and can recommend? My wishlist is textured, some component to kill bacteria, minimal ingredients (would prefer no peppermint oil, etc), and made in the USA. Not too much to ask, right?
  3. Yep, mine are nekkid when I'm gone and overnight. When I'm home during the day I tend to leave them on so they're on for turnouts, etc. I probably wouldn't even leave them on when home if they were mouthier players, but their version of bitey face is air bites.
  4. Yet another reason to avoid loose tags. Working in my office today and suddenly Violet is standing there starting to freak out because our floor vent is hanging from her neck. I was able to slip her collar off and then remove it so no harm done, but could have been a mess if I weren't here. This is why dogs are naked when I'm not home. And honestly I don't even know why these tags were on her collar. We switched to one flat Boomerang tag, but I must have put these on for a specific reason and forgotten to take them back off.
  5. Not sure how it works in the UK, but here your vet can call for you to get you seen on an emergency basis. You might try asking your regular vet about that. It's good that the Gaba is helping in the meantime. I may have missed this, but is she also on muscle relaxers and/or an NSAID? They can all be used safely in combination so worth exploring if she's still having some issues. I agree with restricting her to shorter leash walks for now. No running, playing, on/off furniture for now. Limit stairs if you're able. Hopefully it's just something that needs some time to heal. Agree as well that there's no harm in trying pEMF or cold laser, and acupuncture or massage therapy could be helpful if you can find someone good and she will tolerate it. I would avoid chiropractic treatments.
  6. I prefer the West Paw Toppl to the Kong. Easier to stuff and clean imo and more durable. It comes in 2 sizes, you'd want the larger of the two. Bully sticks are the only other thing I give at this point, and those are supervised. Unfortunately at one point I wondered why I had stopped giving cow hoofs and started giving them again. Got my answer. One very expensive dental surgery later and out went the split antlers, nylabones, etc. Even bully sticks have risk, but mine aren't such heavy chewers that I worry about them breaking pieces off, which is the risk with those.
  7. Thanks, I appreciate the input. We had blood work done recently, but urine wasn't included because it was an ER visit. She did have it checked around the time of the first "episode" and the vet didn't raise any concerns then, everything "normal", but I'm going to set up an appt with our regular vet to follow up and will ask about this.
  8. Revisiting this topic AGAIN and still having trouble settling on a solution. I thought a stainless pail/bucket would be best, but finding one wide enough for her to stick her head in comfortably is harder than you'd think and I worry she'd knock it over. So I looked into wall mounts for horse pails, etc. I can find the for 5 gal buckets (way too big) and 1 gallon jugs (too small). Anyway, would you mind sharing the dimensions on these? Diameter, and height from both bottom to top and bottom to the bottom of the cut out? I really don't like plastic for water bowls, but I may just have to make something like this.
  9. Hey, I appreciate the delayed sympathy.
  10. Thanks everyone! I appreciate all of the feedback and support! By the way, this incident was in May. She was acting completely normal within minutes and has been fine since minus one residual thing with her eye that the vet found, but that doesn't seem to be affecting her. I think the concern is just that the next one will be worse. The first two were a year apart though so here's hoping that's way off.
  11. It's on the list of things to follow-up with our regular vet on that the neuro provided and definitely something we will check. Oh if it could be something that simple! One can hope. Thanks everyone for the responses so far. Definitely good to have some feedback and support. I wasn't expecting the stroke dx at all, though no cancer is good news!
  12. About a month ago Violet has a second, more severe "episode" like one she had had one year ago. I thought it was odd they were so far apart, but figured it was a focal seizure since she recovered really quickly both times. She's also had increasing issues with her suspected disc issue so we ended up at the neurologist for another consult today. The good news is cancer is very very low on the differential dx list and she agrees with the earlier dx of an issue with a lumbar disc or discs that is getting worse with time and activity. However, she thought the episodes were actually strokes. Most likely because she's a greyhound, but I do have a list of possible underlying causes that I can work with my vet to test for. Just curious if anyone else has experienced something like this and whether you found a cause/what the prognosis was. Here's what I caught on video this time: What isn't captured well is the nystagmus/eye movement, but it's one of the most obvious symptoms (left eye) and according to the Neuro she has some residual effects in that eye. Btw, she's 12 now and I'm still undecided on whether we'll do an MRI.
  13. Violet was a donor until she went on a medication that meant she couldn't anymore. She thought it was great fun getting hugs and tons of PB and treats. I was bummed when we had to stop. Note the dog does have to be restrained so it wouldn't be appropriate for fearful dogs, but at least with the blood bank here they were very good about making sure the dog was comfortable and the process was stress free. They also do a lot of testing free of charge so it provides a lot of benefits financially, which is an added bonus.
  14. Can you email me? I think my GT mailbox is full. Jboydmorin at gmail. Not turning up much, want to get some more info from you.
  15. Can you please share how? We're all dying to know. Fyi, you can buy your loops directly from the company. And they have sales periodically if you're on their mailing list. They've had a lot actually since covid.
  16. My first thought was that her stomach was upset. The fact that she was off of her food for a few days lines up with that. Are you going the Drontal with food? Maybe also ask your vet about trying something like Pepcid or oral Cerenia to see if that stop the behavior?
  17. Hey there, welcome to Greytalk! I just wanted to say that there is behavior modification training you can do (using reward based training) that may improve this behavior. Behavior modification is always an ongoing process, and dogs can revert back to this type of behavior when they're stressed or especially if they're ill or in pain. But there is definitely a good chance you could modify this behavior with training if you're highly motivated. It does take time and work, and the training plans are often repetitive and use minute steps. My experience is not all owners are interested in committing to that kind of work so depends on how bothered you are by this behavior. I would also caution you that the wrong type of trainer (anyone using punishment or correction) could EASILY make this behavior worse and the dog training profession is totally unregulated so it's easy to end up in the wrong hands. I can't see where you're located since you're new here, but if you're willing to share your location I can ask on my professional list serves for recommendations in your area (or I may even know someone), or if you have someone you are interested in working with, I'm happy to do whatever vetting I can based on their online info and give you questions to ask to vet someone.
  18. Help! Someone please tell me they have a good solution for a sloppy drinker. I have a boot mat under our elevated bowl and it's about 1/6 of the area Violet gets water over, plus it's running underneath, and down from the cabinet side, causing mold on the molding (heh). I'm at a loss. I swear, she literally gets the biggest mouthful of water possible, turns her head, and opens her mouth to allow the water to tumble out. Does anyone have a magic solution? Or at least feel my pain?
  19. My dogs love our electric throws from Costco (and they're currently on sale). Otherwise I throw blankets down and they nest. But they're actual solution is to sleep in bed with me, lol. We used to do PJs, but Violet doesn't like them like my previous greyhounds did.
  20. Do you have to walk him (versus doing turnouts in the yard)? What equipment are you using to walk him? Have you tried training sessions (separate from walks) outside with him unmuzzled so it's easier to feed him? Consulted a trainer? Taken a group class? You haven't had him that long and there are a number of things you could try from both training and management perspectives. I don't think you're anywhere near exhausting options and determining it's not workable but there's also no shame in returning him if you don't feel it's the best match By the way, your nervousness isn't likely to affect his predatory behavior. If his reacting at other dogs is fear based, then maybe, but if he's just going after squirrels, eh. If you aren't ready to return him, until you get help or make progress with training, switch him to a no pull harness (I like the Freedom and Balance harnesses) or if you need to, use a head halter (preferably after you acclimate him, there's a great video online on how to do this, I think from Jean Donaldson, but possibly Karen Pryor or Patricia Mcconnell, I'm brain farting at the moment, actually probably Mcconnell) and keep the leash shorter (3-4') while walking.
  21. Well I randomly took a stab at hulling it today and it took a good bit of gentle work because the one side was well attached, but I got it out!! We're about to go for a mini hike so we'll see how she does. I'll still out boots on her since her paw pad is likely to be tender.
  22. I'm in the DC metro area and this doesn't sound right to me. I think others may be on the right track with the tick nest. I also second contacting the manufacturer. Possible something is wrong with the collar and they should at least know, or may replace it. Regardless, what you are describing is not normal for a dog going on walks in our area, with or without a collar imo.
  23. Thanks! Does it seem like the nail polish is working better than the duct tape? Or just easier to apply? I looked on the group briefly and saw a mention of one dogs corn likely being from nails that were too long. We did go through a phase recently where I wasn't on the ball with her nail trims. We're back on it, but hoping maybe that's all it was that prompted this and if we can get rid of it, it won't return. Probably wishful thinking.
  24. Thanks, I submitted my request to join and was approved this morning. I will try to dig in soon. By the way, I highly doubt the surgery is an option for us given her other issues and this is her first corn (at age 11) so we'll try other alternatives first.
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