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  1. This just doesn't seem to be a good match, both in terms of your family and you and the group. Are you in an area where there are multiple groups and trying to adopt through another group is a possibility? It's better to return a hound than keep them in a home that won't work for him and you, as hard as that is.
  2. I adopted a two year old. I love him dearly, but never, ever again. I adopted a nine year old. We lost him four months later (not to a common cancer in greyhounds), if I had to do it over again, I would in a heartbeat.
  3. Head's up, I discovered the hard way when I moved that Frontline Plus does not work for fleas in SC, at least not my part, I still use it for ticks paired with Trifexis for fleas and heart worm, five years, no problem.
  4. Yes, these things are death traps. It's what we have (a rigid cover isn't an option and we don't have kids so can't really justify a safety cover with the 6' exterior privacy fence), but you really have to have a interior pool fence for the dogs. If you're anything like us, make sure you put automatic closers on the the gate(s) too so you don't accidentally leave one open. We built a simple rail fence for ours, it cost ~$750, but we built fancier gates than we needed for aesthetic reasons and used all pressure treated lumber. I think the estimate to have it done with basic gates and concrete set posts was about $1500.
  5. We fenced ours (fear of them falling in and terror of them wandering onto the winter cover and getting trapped). Until we could build the fence, we got temporary fencing from Home Depot--ugly, but it kept them safe.
  6. Have you tried some soothing sounds--white noise, I dog sat for dogs that like NPR, or some music? That will also help cover over any whimpering if she's still doing it when you move.
  7. I'm so sorry, Godspeed Rocky, you were very loved.
  8. Twenty years ago, anesthesia protocols used by many vets were also very different (and much less safe) than they are today
  9. We use Valium with Leo, it's not perfect, but it does take the edge off, it should in theory last longer than Xanax. I'm not sure if this is a Leo think or a greyhound thing, but he burns through it very rapidly (10 mg = 1 hour of relief), he's already on prozac for long-term anxiety issues and our vet's not comfortable with Trazadone (I actually think it's a good choice for long-term issues, I've never heard of it for short-term, but she's never used it before so....)
  10. Outdoor rugs (if aesthetics don't matter, Costco has some really cheap), and these rug pads: https://www.amazon.com/Gorilla-Grip-4x6-Feet-Non-Slip-Floors/dp/B00MEZ7M14/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1495761544&sr=8-1&keywords=gorilla+rug
  11. What is it with the weight restrictions--I can't figure out why apartments care about that? Every annoying, yappy dog I've ever lived near has been a small dog.
  12. This, plus lots of us with dogs travel. DH and I are particularly horrible dog parents and travel recreationally as well as for work I would recommend the home boarding with the greyhound people option (my boys seem to consider it camp with their buddies) and considering that as your dog ages, it's possible that the longer day without a break may no longer work on a regular basis, but it sounds like you can handle that. Also, you're talking about a greyhound, not a lab or border collie. Both DH and I work from home some days at this point in our lives. And you know what, the boys mostly sleep. Yes, they are happy to go in and out every five minutes if we let them for a while, but mostly they sleep. Or lie there solving world hunger, or whatever they're thinking about. I think they're fine the days we're gone 10 hours too. Caveat: if you get a severely thunder-storm phobic dog to the point that you need medicine (like Leo), it will be ideal if you can pop home when you're getting storms to administer it. But that's not terribly likely and you can always ask your group about that concern.
  13. It's their instinct, not all of them, but many. I get what you're feeling, I was horrified when Leo got a baby squirrel, but he's not a bad dog, it's just in his nature. If she didn't eat it, I wouldn't worry. If she did, I'd worry (but probably for no good reason) and check with my vet. She's not a killer, she's a dog. I don't personally have bird feeders, because Leo is very high prey drive, it doesn't make him dangerous or bad, it just means his instincts out doors, with wild prey, are a bit stronger than some dogs.
  14. For what it's worth, mine have done well on Costco's Lamb and Rice, even with Henry's finicky stomach. Leo does hunger strike now and then (like right now), but I've stopped worrying about it since he always goes back to eating okay eventually.
  15. I'm so sorry, my boy had been very ill, but he had recovered, and then I had a similar experience--sudden, unexplained crisis and a rush to the vet. I'm so sorry, I know it's very hard, try to be gentle with yourself and find some special stuff to do with Scooter, it may help you both. When you're ready, we have a remembrance section here, and we would love to hear more about your beloved friend.
  16. Welcome and hugs all around, how hard. I'm not sure what the barrier is to adoption, but if it's finances or the ability to commit long-term or if it's emotionally too soon, could you foster?
  17. Our vet is one of the "expensive" vets in town, I say that because having moved here from the Philly area, I can't believe how much people complain about these prices. I pay roughly $125-150ish for senior panel, full exam, fecal test, and vaccinations (1x/year) and then about $250-300ish for a full anesthesia dental and nail dremeling. But I'm in a very low cost of living area. I paid roughly twice that before I moved. But in a non-emergency year (I'll get one of those someday, right?) I pay for a full exam, senior panel (I do these on the younger dogs too, it's what they call the more complete panel), fecal, required vaccinations plus bordatella (multi-year vaccines when it's an option), and a dental (unless the vet says it's not needed / ill advised). They call all my scripts into the local human pharmacy, unless it's something temporary like an antibiotic, those I get at the vet's office. I think the minimum they could safely/legally allow would be exam, fecal, and legally required vaccinations if they're going to prescribe heart worm medications.
  18. I agree with Neylasmom, something's up and even if it's physical, you want to get it under control before it becomes a habit. I wouldn't rule out a food allergy, if she was fostered for only a month and was already chewing, the allergy could still be getting worse.
  19. If it keeps up, is adopting a second an option? Or maybe a cat?
  20. All good advice, but I'll add, what my first (and beloved) vet always said, old age is not a disease. Sure, our seniors can develop complications that make a dental unwise, but so can a younger dog. If her blood values / urine tests / physical exam are all fine, try not to worry. If they're not, and your vet is advising against anesthesia, than look at some of her other options.
  21. I had a dog that needed this done a few times a year, best money I ever spent; I think it cost me ~$10 to have it done.. Also, it's my understanding that groomers (usually) don't do it properly and that can cause problems, so make sure you're learning the best technique if you do it yourself or have a vet's office take care of it.
  22. A dog that kills cockroaches. Leo does, and I'd love another, I refuse to poison our lives because we get a few a year, but gross. even better if he'll take the disgusting dead ones outside. ETA: Ever since (10+ years ago) I read about the lady complaining about her dog pooping in her yard, DH has wanted the poop free model.
  23. Too late for this year, but if you have a very nervous hound, leash even within your fenced yard during fire works if they need to go out. Also, not my idea (I don't remember who first came up with this), but my boys' tags say on the reverse side, "If I'm loose, I'm lost, please call mom" since so many people in my town let their dogs run around loose.
  24. I wouldn't bath her before her appointment so your vet can actually smell her, not just get a description. And on this forum, there's no need to be delicate, you wouldn't believe what gets discussed Also, did you add any new supplements, medicines, or change food?
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