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  1. It doesn't seem like a dislocation (we deal with those with Leo a lot), but fingers are crossed it's that presenting differently than I'm used to or a sprain. There's no warmth or redness to indicate an infection and it's not getting worse so I decided to wait until Tuesday when he can see his normal vet, I'll ask for an x-ray.
  2. Anyone experienced this? Henry's pretty stoic so I'm not sure how long it's been bothering him, but we've been bad parents and focused more on Leo's issues so it's probably been two weeks. I'm going to call the vet in the morning, but any thoughts about this and osteo?
  3. Thank you, someone local wanted him (we were 3 hours away), so I hope he will spend his days being spoiled. I only heard about him because my friend fosters for the local animal shelter where he was, it's sad how often they get dogs who haven't been receiving heart worm pills, for this little guy it was too late.
  4. Prednisone, in my experience, will give you more happy, comfortable days, but may or may not extend life. We did see a rapid and complete reduction in lymph node swelling right after starting prednisone, when they came back, that's when we knew to start preparing ourselves for the end. Murphy was starving on it, we went to four meals a day, kibble supplemented with cooked meat. I don't know how common this is, but his iron levels dropped a lot, we chose to fix it with cooked chicken livers, but if we'd been willing to take him back to to the vet for bloodwork, supplements would have been an option if you can't deal with the liver.
  5. We're thinking of "fostering" a beagle who's heart worm is too advanced to treat, we'd be his hospice care/bucket list providers. Any experiences with this and what to expect? The internet seems to think it wouldn't put Henry and Leo at risk (plus they're on heart worm prevention), but is that right?
  6. I'm so sorry. We went through this with Murphy and opted out of chemo for various reasons, feel free to message me if you want to talk or let me know if you have questions.
  7. You want it snug, but so you can stick your finger in there.
  8. I don't know the specifics of this type of cancer, but imo, no, "cancer isn't cancer", there are different types, different treatment options depending on type/stage/age/etc, and different choices a grey parent might make, for many good reasons. There are so many great vets out there, and this doesn't sound like one of them.
  9. I'm so sorry you're facing this, I'm also in the better a day to soon camp but I know it's hard. Some things that might make it easier for you. At home euthanasia if possible. I've had all mine cremated along with a favorite toy, not sure why but it made me feel better, this has never been an issue, just tell the vet. Expect to feel lousy for a while afterwards, it does not mean you made the wrong choice, and it will get easier even though it doesn't feel that way.
  10. You might try Prozac if the Zoloft doesn't work. It wasn't a miracle drug (Leo has some SA but mostly what we'd call Generalized Anxiety Disorder in a human as well as wind/storm phobia) but it took it down several notches to the point that with some lifestyle adjustments he's a much happier dog.
  11. I rub mine down with a dryer sheet before putting coats or pjs on, solves the static problem. Hoping you'll find an easy fix too.
  12. I got mine here: http://www.chrisanthemums.com/chrisanthemums/raincoat/windbreaker/178-raincoat/windbreaker.html They've held up for years, even with my leaving them on the back porch and tossing them in the washing machine. If you get them just a smidge big, you can layer over a light fleece coat.
  13. Costco bolster beds are a huge hit for night-time here. Can you put a blanket on the couch, so it smells like him, and then put it on his bed at night?
  14. Yes, sorry, Tramadol is what I've used for arthritis with sucess. I also had a dog on Gabapetine with no ill effects, but that was for a neurological issue.
  15. We've seen good arthritis relief on several dogs with once to twice a day dosing (2x in cold weather), never had a dog appeared stoned on oral dosing alone.
  16. Good luck, a more experienced vet sounds like the right call.
  17. This doesn't sound like the whole problem, but have you checked her anal glands? With all the digestive issues, I wonder if they might be bothering her at this point on top of whatever else is going on.
  18. This is making Leo trying to drink the holy water look less bad
  19. I'm so sorry. Godspeed Moonshine, you had such a loving family. I've also had a sudden loss, I know how hard they are, take care of yourselves.
  20. There is non-drowsy dramamine but I don't know if it's safe in dogs--something you might ask your vet about.
  21. Did it with Leo with a shoulder injury and it, along with physical therapy and massage, got him back to normal. Henry's doing it right now, along with massage, therapy, and the water treadmill, and he's almost healed (complications from splinting). If it's in the budget, I'd say give it a try.
  22. For our first dog, DH and I wanted to adopt not buy, didn't want a puppy, and needed an apartment friendly dog. I don't know how google got me greyhound from that, but I started reading more about greyhounds and came home with Patrick a few months later.
  23. It's a tough call, but we were weighing Leo's experience, he had a toe break while racing. I don't know if he wasn't treated or what, but it didn't heal properly and it's causes ongoing problems in that whole foot, not just the toe that broke. For anyone reading later and trying to decide with their dog, in hindsight I would have splinted but re-xrayed earlier, to see if it could come off sooner.
  24. Had a good visit with the rehab vet today. Mobility is actually fairly good in the foot/wrist but he has injured his shoulder (either from being in the splint, or possibly from limping when he first got it off). So we have home exercises/massages to do and he's going back M/W/S for laser treatment, therapy, and the water treadmill again. His foot/wrist is a bit swollen tonight again, but not hot. She's optimistic we'll see significant improvement this week and full recovery within a month. I hope so, she certainly worked wonders with Leo. Thankfully Henry's a good boy about it all. Thanks for sharing, Leo had a track injury that didn't heal and causes him problems, so I'm paranoid about jumping on problems.
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