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  1. As Macoduck noted, DOCUMENT everything and take photos. Let animal control handle any owner issues - don't pursue that path. Also, you may want to stop contact with Animal Control unless absolutely necessary. Note, even though Animal Control seems to be ok with this, they might show up at your door asking for you to turn over the dog because they deem it is dangerous. How they will handle this depends on laws where you are located. Good practice for awhile is to make sure that you put your dog in another room when you answer the door so anyone at the door will not be aware that your dog is home. I also suggest that you contact the Lexus project. I am sorry that this happened, not much can be done in the case that you described.
  2. Most dogs do not like to use a ramp - the dog ramps they make are way to narrow. If it is coming from an SUV, then, it is also steep. As for jumping, that is a leap of faith for a blind dog. And I suspect that he will not jump after people have already tried to get him down the ramp. Maybe too much going on ... A blind dog (or a dog missing another sense) has to spend more time reading the world in a different way using his other senses - in his case, he has to smell, listen, feel to orient himself to the world and that takes time. Have you tried using keywords identifying where you are when you are asking him to come out of car. For example, some people with blind dogs that also have other dogs, will put cow bells with different sounds on the other dogs so the blind dog can orient when another dog gets close. Some people also use different scents in different rooms so a blind dog waking up can identify where they are from the smell. In a similar fashion, you can say "home driveway" to him as an identification of where you are and assuming you always park in the same place in driveway, he would know what to expect as he is getting out.
  3. Thank you for such a detailed description of what Foxy went through - I think many will find this timeline helpful in the future. It's good to hear that she is just about back to normal.
  4. I suggest that you search for the osteo threads - they will provide much information. In general - make sure that they have your greyhound on Amicar, that is used to prevent bleeding - you may need to have a sling (towel) to help your greyhound over the next week going in and out of the house - put down non-slip rugs anyplace there is tile/wood floors as you don't want your greyhound to slip as he is "hopping" - the first 10 days can be a nightmare but, the improvement after that is amazing - you may want to sleep next to your greyhound to make sure he is not getting up and looking for you - you want a flattish type of bed because you don't want him tripping to get in bed. A bed with a bolster on one side can work well - you can use a t-shirt to cover up the incision site - I had to reposition my greys after they laid down to make sure that they weren't crimping the good side - I would slightly lift shoulder or hip and reposition on bed - I made sure I got my greys up about every 2 hours during the day to go outside - I would help them get out and them remove sling so they could do the few hops to find a place to pee/poop
  5. I have been feeding only cooked real food for close to 20 years - all my greyhounds have done great on it.
  6. Check with the greyhound groups in the area and see if they will share who they are using. Meanwhile, I am still using Dedham Vet but consult with Dr. Couto as necessary.
  7. try farmer's dog - they have different options. It's soft and most dogs seem to like it. Royal Canin also has small cans of puppy appetite stimulant and it gets puppies to eat so might work on older dogs.
  8. Too much, too soon - that is usually what causes the freezing in new greyhounds. Maybe too many changes of scenery and/or people.
  9. Thyroid meds should be given about 1 hour before meals and they should not get a calcium pill +/-3 hours from dose.
  10. So sorry for your loss. When one of my greyhounds who was a favorite of the neighborhood children passed and the children asked where he was, I would say "He moved on to a better place".
  11. Get a consult with Dr Couto and send the x-rays to him.
  12. Has anyone suggested white rice and white fish (like tilapia). My seizure girl developed IBD after using one type of seizure med and the only thing that would work for her is white fish with white rice or cooked oatmeal - I would add some cooked veggies like green beans or mashed up carrot.
  13. I've been feeding my greyhounds home-made for almost 2 decades. For morning meal, they get either chicken, turkey, hamburger, or fish (depending which dog) mixed with about 1/3 cup of veggies like green beans, carrots, or broccolli and for carbos they get white rice or oatmeal or noodles. In the morning it is usually more oatmeal and in the evening, more rice. They get daily calcium pills along with crushed flax seeds. I also give lentils, beans, and started making a kale/greens stew. For a morning snack they get buttered toast with peanut butter on the side and in the evening, they get yogurt with either blueberries or applesauce.
  14. Get x-rays. Any leg swelling in older greyhounds would be a cause for concern.
  15. Were they on Proin by any chance? That can cause high blood pressure and as a result, death.
  16. Use diluted bleach where your dog goes to bathroom.
  17. You need to get a dog walker or ask a neighbor to take her out mid-day to pee. This may only be for a few weeks or she may not be able to hold her pee for a work-day and she might need to always have a mid-day break.
  18. Make sure to muzzle the girl when you are not around and to separate if you can. The blind dog is defenseless and unfortunately, this may take a toll on him.
  19. Try treats to get her off the bed and walking. Get an appointment with the vet and see if they might prescribe something like dog Prozac - there is also Trazadone. In the interim, there is something called rescue remedy that might help a little bit with the anxiousness.
  20. Excessive bleeding from the extractions and hyper-temperature coming out of anesthesia are issues that greyhounds can face. A vet experienced with greyhounds is a must but even then, problems can happen especially with kidney problems. You might want to wait a few months and see whether the teeth are impacting her quality of life.
  21. I would not do bones until the puppy is much older. Give chicken breasts - cooked or raw and roasts that have been seared quickly on outside. You can use the egg shells for calcium. Do your research -- analyze the puppy vitamin/mineral requirements and see if the dog food vitamin mix is enough along with egg shells and if not, supplement. You can also check out the nearest vet school and see if they have a nutritionist that will analyze the food for you.
  22. It sounds like he might be having sensory overload. Your dog is probably freezing on walks because there is too much going on and he is trying to absorb all the changes that are coming at him from all different directions so, it is too much, too soon. Take him on walks to quiet areas and stay away from dog parks for the time being - he is still too new for that. Let him relax and get accustomed to his new life. If he won't walk, you may just have to stand in a secluded place outside until he gets a sense of his surroundings. I've fostered many dogs and this is not unusual - sometimes I would take a dog to the end of my driveway and just stand there for a few minutes so he could watch the traffic go by and then repeat the next day adding a few more minutes each time. Don't let him sleep on the bed - give him a bed on the floor. As to counter surfing, he doesn't know any better and if he sees you are doing stuff on the counter and it might include food, he wants at it too. You can try putting a few empty tin cans in a plastic bag - sometimes when they pull that off the counter, the noise startles them enough that stay away from counter.
  23. You might want to get a small air filter device for your bedroom - one that makes a soft hum. The noise could help your hound to orient himself to where he is located when he wakes up. The suggestion about a light could also help depending on how much sight he has. Another option is to associate a smell with the room he sleeps in - like maybe cinnamon or lavender as a way to help him locate himself in the house.
  24. I would wait until children are older - at least 8 to 10. Right now they are too young for any dog as they would consider the dog just a toy. Right now your children probably need quite a bit of care themselves and any dog would come with requirements for training, etc ... maybe too much for this point in time.
  25. This is a great description of prey drive - what it is and how to handle it.
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