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  1. 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.
  2. If it turns out not to be environmental (also my first guess), it could be a food allergy. Has there been any changes in his diet/ingredients in his food?
  3. Henry broke his toe and had to be in a hard splint for 5 weeks (maybe too long, although it did heal perfectly). DH did stretching with him every other day when he changed out the cast padding, but despite taking it off for good on Sunday, he's still limping quite a lot, although he'd love to be allowed to run around. He goes to the vet that specializes in physical therapy/rehab on Saturday, but does anyone have experience with this? Did your pup pick back up more mobility over time?
  4. Almost exclusively vegetables as treats at our house (fancy treats come out for nail trims), so no need to adjust calories.
  5. I'm so sorry Pam. Godspeed Barkley, you were so very loved.
  6. Flooring is a place I'm greyhound centric. Overall love the wood floors versus carpet, but the floors right by the door they come in and out of two dozen times a day are getting replaced by tile.
  7. Welcome to my life. Five years in and Leo still hunger strikes sometimes (i.e. I'll growl if my brother walks near my food, but don't want to eat it). In my experience, breakfast is trickier than dinner with the fussier eaters. I'd keep offering and see how she does. Too much change can upset their stomaches sometimes. Dog parks, I had one dog who loved them so much I risked them, now have one who is terrified of non-greyhounds so we pretty much go nowhere (but I have a huge fenced yard, so not a big issue).
  8. Eh, yes and no. House--bought in part for the yard, which is trashed of course between digging and racing Furniture--upholstered furniture brought to blend with dog fur Beds--two in every room (plus human shareable furniture) Toys--everywhere, most annoying toys ever to keep them happy Vet bills--highest quality everything, best vet in town On the other hand: Jobs--yep, we work, sometimes long hours, our careers are important Vacations and work travel--excellent pet sitters, but we travel and don't feel guilty Social life--not really greyhound centric, although we do swing by the farmer's markets for meet and greets when we can Volunteer life--crucially important (foster care advocates), not greyhound centric and that's okay I do want adopters to realize there are different extents to which greyhounds can take over your life and still be well loved and cared for.
  9. Yep, bandaids are a fairly small worry compared to what some of mine have gotten into, sigh.
  10. Yep, think about it less as pre-dental (although that's important, you don't want to miss something before you put them under) and more as something you should be doing annually anyway, to catch problems before they get too severe. I start running a full senior panel when I first get them (they're not actually senior specific, just more comprehensive).
  11. Same here, on the one hand he was my heart dog, I still miss him three dogs later. On the other hand, there was no-post adoption support when I contact them to get advice about a biting problem (turned out to be thyroid and easily solvable, but some support would have been nice).
  12. I'm smaller than your wife. I wondered about adopting a boy originally too, but I "test drove" a couple, and ended up adopting a 75lb boy. Since then, we've only had boys and it's been fine, and that includes a dog I used to dog sit for who weighed in at literally my weight. He could knock me over, but he was also solid muscle and could knock into DH pretty well too. Where it does become an issue is the ability to lift the dog--I can't solo lift my boys--I have to lift one end at a time into the car, but I'm not sure I could with a female either, they're not that much smaller.
  13. My first vet always said old age isn't a disease. Since they're otherwise healthy and have good blood work, assuming your vet is using the most up-to-date anesthesia protocol, which she likely is if she's running senior panels, I'd go ahead--the possibility of dental problems causing health issues, or another health issue coming up later preventing a dental is more concerning, imo.
  14. How old? Obviously you want to figure out the cause if at all possible, but one of mine got to (I forget) maybe 6 or 7, and just started to need them expressed every 6 months or so. We went through all the usual causes and nothing. For me, it was worth the $10 to have it done at the vet's, but if this turns out to be your situation, you can ask the vet to teach you how to do it yourself if you prefer (just don't let a groomer do it, from what I understand they don't do the job properly most of the time).
  15. I live with a naughty boy, Henry (although sometimes he gets Leo in on the game). He's not lacking exercise (trust me), he's not bored (he'll drop a toy to get into things), he's not anxious or stressed (that's Leo, thank doG for prozac), he's just naughty, thinks he's constantly starving, and is in dire need of a twelve step intervention program regarding anything made of paper. My solution: I baby gate the boys in the family room. They have two couches, two beds, their toy basket, their water, etc. It's much easier to keep that room picked up and much easier to clean up when I've done something dumb like leave a box of Kleenex out. Once you've ruled out or corrected a lack of exercise, boredom, and/or SA or other mental health problems, then it's down to environmental control, whether that's muzzling, crating, shutting in a safe room, or being a perfect housekeeper.
  16. I don't know how dogs work, but I take 100-150 mg/night for sleep (so knocking me out) and that's considered a decently high dose in a person. For injuries that can wait a little bit for me to get a look at, I give extra Tramadol and then muzzle to be safe.
  17. I'd agree with finding a behavioralist, he could be playing but I also wonder if he thinks your husband is hurting you and is trying to get you away? He's got a lot going on to unpack.
  18. Yes, food allergies can make it worse. Some dogs are also prone to anal gland issues so it's hard to say.
  19. I'm so sorry you lost your boy.
  20. Henry seems to be fine today. Now if you're wondering if he learned his lesson, I guarantee my little goat has not.
  21. Henry is enjoying repeated trips to the outdoors. He seems remarkable undistressed by the situation, unlike DH and I (DH will be pulling the night shift). He (Henry) would very much like to steal our dinner, but I'm not convinced black lentils, goat cheese, and spinach will improve his system. He has attempted to eat several kleenex.
  22. Posting here because this is a rather greyhound specific rant. Last night DH accidentally let Henry eat an entire raw pie dough. I decided to come home and finish up my work, bad choice. Who knew a greyhound can cover the walls, half the family room floor, and the laundry room (including the laundry) with diarrhea? I am now having a glass of wine, grading will have to wait until tomorrow--my students do not want me grading in this mood. Henry has the lack of discerning appetite of a goat and the touchiest stomach I've ever seen, not a great combination. It's a darn good thing he's so cute.
  23. #1 My boys have always loved going to stay with other greyhounds--it's like camp for them. #2 When I had an only dog, he loved going to be with a pack, but he also loved coming home to not sharing his people anymore. #3 Do they have a crate or can you bring one if your boy is okay with being crated, or is there a room he could be left alone in as needed for relaxing? Henry is my introvert and he started getting seriously cranky at the dog sitter's last Christmas. Turned out, he wasn't getting enough alone time, I asked our dog sitter to start crating him with a blanket over the crate for a couple hours a day. She thought I was nuts, he went back to being a super happy, and the rest of the time, social dog.
  24. Poor kid, my parents use a flexi-lead, I refuse to use it when walking their dog, she's well behaved, but I just don't like them.
  25. She's still pretty new, you're doing the right things, I'd give her time. Stress does make things worse, mine tend to blow enough of a coat to make another dog while I'm at the vet.
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