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  1. My first boy, Patrick had no prey drive, and was scared of our pet rabbits. I miss those days. Petey's caught two birds and a lizard
  2. I'm thinking thyroid--I'd get a panel run asap. After that, I'd look at any possibility of a pain response. I'm sure Jumper didn't want to hurt you, there's something wrong.
  3. Repeating, call poison control. They have literally saved my dog's life on calls that were close as to whether it needed intervention or not. I would expect it's okay, but they'll take all of your dog's details, the brand, his weight, the amount, his medical history, etc. into consideration. Worth every penny. I hope your baby is okay.
  4. Thank you everyone for your kindness. Petey, who's been a bit more DH's dog, has been glued to me ever since--I think Henry told him to take care of me.
  5. This is the most difficult decision I've ever had to make about a dog. Henry's been a bit run down the last few weeks (it's hot and he developed hook worm despite a preventative regime) and while he needed to lose some weight so he was on a bit of a diet, he's lost a good bit; I was planning on bringing him in after his first complete round of hookworm treatment if he didn't perk up. This morning he was fussy and had a very distended abdomen. Took him in, and based on the xrays and ultrasound, he has a very large mass taking up most of the abdominal cavity and a large fluid area. The vet
  6. We're using it along with Drontal Plus/Advantage Multi that Dr. Ng recommended based on the University of GA, based on their research on resistant hookworms in dogs from the FL tracks (Petey showed up positive). Not sure how long we're going to keep him on it before we test. For anyone starting, it took a couple of months to stop with the bloody, really loose stool. Has this actually worked (not just managed) for anyone's dog? How long did you keep up the full regime?
  7. We just upped Henry to 200 mg of Tramadol and 200 mg of Gapentine a day for a severely arthritic paw, along with 3.25 mg of Meloxicam. It's not all better, but he's gotten much better relief with no side effects at all. Can you give the Gabapentine just before bedtime?
  8. Agreed, is there a particular reason why he needs to be crated? Some dogs do, but not all.
  9. I'm sorry, we've been there too. Spoiling her like her birthday every day is the best thing you can do.
  10. Another blood test, another set of good results. Fingers crossed for a good outcome. Thank you for the encouragement.
  11. Good report from the vet this morning. No symptoms at all, the vet this morning said it was good to bring them in to be safe, but he hasn't seen any problems with dogs with cooked raisins. Petey, my new 2 year old, was so intrigued by everything going on in the ICU they had to give him Trazadone to get him to finally go to bed Henry, my introvert, is going to come home exhausted. Still, no more raisin bagels in this house.
  12. The boys between them ate 6 raisin bagels today, our vet got them to throw up 2-3 bagels and now they're up a the e-vet hospital for 48 hours of fluid and monitoring. So far, about 6 hours out, no symptoms and good bloodwork, the vet says that's a very good sign. Can anyone give me any hope about their overall prognosis? The internet seems to suggest a 5% death rate, but the emergency hospital says they generally see all the dogs who come in for the full protocol emerge okay? I just can't lose Henry or Petey.
  13. Insanely jealous. I've flown through one airport with friendly dogs--the SPCA brought in dogs you could pet and they could get socialized (unlike the bomb dogs who also seem friendly but you're not allowed to pet). I'm a nervous flyer and it would be even better to have greyhound friends to be able to hang out with before flights.
  14. Our group in SC hauls up from FL and we seem to have a lot of dogs right now, more than 6 months ago or so, although we also seem to take whoever needs a home, or at least I haven't seen any preference for cat-safe or female in terms of who's listed on the website. So it may indeed be a transportation challenge. Not sure what will happen as the tracks close.
  15. PatricksMom


    Oh no, I'm so very sorry.
  16. Interesting, it's a terrible disease, it would be wonderful to see an effective treatment.
  17. Thank you all for caring, I've pulled together something in the remembrance forum.
  18. PatricksMom


    Oh, Leo. I met you at the farmer's market M&G. I sat on the ground, you crawled in my lap, gave me a kiss that was practically pornographic, and I was in love. We couldn't bring you home then, Murphy was near the end and needed our attention, but when we were ready I called the adoption group about you. Kim said you were her favorite, your foster family was only willing to let you go because they couldn't handle another dog because they loved you so much, and then you joined our family. I picked you up, and your foster dad said here, you need to take this purple bone with you--it's hi
  19. We dog sat for a boy that was nearly that big just off the track. He was built like a tank, could knock me over just leaning on me, and is the sweetest, goofiest, love ball I've ever met. Unusual yes, but not unheard of, and I really have a soft spot for the big boys.
  20. I strongly prefer in home boarding with a greyhound parent, which is what we do for long trips, and we have a dog sitter who drops in for the occasional overnight. But if you're going to do actual boarding, I agree about an overnight first, and I would also ask about and ask to see fire suppression systems, particularly if they're not staffed 24/7. I boarded my first dog for a while at his vet, and even though he knew them, and was pretty laid back and bomb proof, and it was a good veterinary practice, he got much better care and was happier "boarding" with a GT family.
  21. Thank you all, and I'm sorry for everyone else who's lost a dog this way. His checkup was scheduled for next week, but I'm trying to tell myself I doubt that getting it done earlier would have helped, he'd last been seen only a few months ago. Thank you for adding his name to the bridge kids list, I'll post something about him there when I'm ready.
  22. This works with Henry, my constantly starving food thief: https://www.petsmart.com/dog/bowls-and-feeders/storage-and-scoops/top-paw-pet-food-storage-and-dispenser-5176776.html?utm_id=500|pg138585|437846352441&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2ryqqcan5wIVibWzCh0bNgdcEAQYASABEgJr3vD_BwE&lsft=utm_source%3Agoogle%2Cutm_term%3A5176776%2Cutm_medium%3APLA%2Cutm_content%3AGSC - Medium - Hardgoods - Dog - Weak SS - LIA Only | Bowls &utm_medium=PLA&utm_source=google
  23. Monday morning, we lost Leo. He woke up, staggered across the room, fell down, and then we lost him a few minutes later. The only leading symptoms were about two minutes of coughing for the previous two nights. Our vet thinks it was almost certainly a cardiac event. I'm not sure what I'm asking--does this seem plausible? Suggestions for coping? I've lost dogs under very difficult circumstances before, but I've always been able to make the decision to euthanize, even if I had to make it quickly. I feel like he didn't really get a proper goodbye, because we were caught up trying to call an
  24. Regardless of what you decide, I'd encourage joining the facebook group. People may have solutions you haven't tried or vets to recommend, whatever route you choose. We're fighting the corn fight at our home, so my sympathies and I know it's hard to see them in pain.
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