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Shaysmom

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  • Birthday 03/18/2007

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  1. Thanks all, for the insights. She really does seem more at ease running than walking, and slopes seem especially challenging. We really don't have a yard for her to run in. We will just keep taking it slow for now and see how she does.
  2. Thank you! Yes, it is Freda, and she is a dear. I appreciate the advice! Is there anything that helps with the pads staying healthy?
  3. My new foster (I have had her three days) is just 14 months old, and missing one of her front legs (amputated due to severe injury). I don't think she is more than a month or two out of surgery. She gets around really well, although she does lose footing now and then or will take a slide while being rambunctious. She is very much a puppy and loves to play and race around the house. I am thinking that in the house, she will not overdo or go beyond her comfort level, and I know she needs to be active. But I need some advice about walks. I don't think she has much experience with them, and I worry about too much stress or strain to her leg from the repetitive pounding on sidewalks and hard surfaces. I have taken her for very short walks, and it clearly is more effort for her than playing around the house, although she loves exploring. Should I continue to take her walking? Keep it short? Is it good to build up to longer walks? This is a new experience for me and I appreciate your advice. Thanks! Here is my beautiful girl:
  4. Seamus shows our new foster Polly how to use a bed:
  5. Thanks! That is helpful advice. Keeping it clean has really been a challenge. Seamus is an expert at removing footwear of all kinds. He can get a sock off easily but I will try a bootie.
  6. Seamus has a nail problem that is getting worse, infected, I think. The nail is cracked with a big split (and painful), and he has been licking his foot nonstop. I took him to the vet, and he said to wrap the nail in duct tape (to protect it from more damage) which I did. He said he didn't see infection at that point. At home, Seamus continued to lick it nonstop and managed to work the duct tape off. Now it is bleeding where it goes into his toe. I did some Googling and read that nail tears and cracks are extremely painful for a dog and if the nail is damaged but firmly attached, the vet may need to remove it. Is that correct? Our vet has said nothing about that. I sent him pictures and expressed my concern about infection, and he wrote back that he will put him on antibiotics and see him in 2 weeks. Should I be doing more? It is clearly very painful and Seamus continues to lick it. Here are pictures. You can see where the entire bottom of the nail is missing and the quick is exposed. This dooesn't look like something that is going to go away on his own but am I wrong?
  7. I once had a foster eat a small glass Christmas ball. The vet took an X-ray and sent us home with a case of high fiber canned dog food. I had to give him a can every few hours; I think it was six or eight per day. He was very excited about getting to eat canned food, but by the end, even he was saying no more! He pooped like you can't even imagine, several times a day, but it did the trick. The next X-Ray was clean of glass bits.
  8. No one has given a name to it. The ortho doc said it is a neurological issue. He has been on Gabapentin for a few years, and also Tramadol. We discovered that the Tramadol wasn't agreeing with him--making him tired, disphoric, and constantly panting. So we switched him to an anti-inflamatory, Deramax. That did not at all agree with his digestion, even though we were giving it with Pepcid. He started vomiting and getting diarrhea so we took him off of it right away. Right now, since we are not sure what to try next, he is only on Gabapentin. That is one reason the vet recommended the Amitriptyline, although it technically isn't a pain med. Might he be able to tolerate another anti-inflamatory such as Metacam?
  9. Thank you! I may give that a try. I have been very vigilant about keeping him from licking his foot for the last fews days, and now he seems to be licking under his tail a lot.
  10. Hmmm...not sure if they did--is that in the legs or in the groin?
  11. I have used Bitter Apple and that will work temporarily but eventually he will lick it again. Maybe you just have to keep reapplying it when he licks? I have put a baby sock on it, but he is very good at removing them when I am out of the room. I also have a soft indoor Therapaw that I can put on him, but he can get that off too if he works at it. He is very persistent! He had an exam by an orthopedic surgeon a month or so ago for issues of hind end weakness and some neurological deficits, and I asked the doc about the foot at that time. He said he noticed that the toe ligaments are over-stretched (broken? sprung?) on that foot but didn't feel any broken bones, swelling, or other injuries. I asked if the ligaments could be painful. and he said possibly but he wasn't emphatic about it, so I didn't pursue it further. Seamus has multiple health issues, and it is hard to know what to focus on sometimes. Perhaps x-rays would be useful? He does drag both back feet when walking sometimes, so he wears Thera-paws when outside.
  12. Thank you! I wish I could determine why he is licking but it is a mystery. The vet suggested giving him an anxiety/pain med to try and break the compulsive licking cycle, Amitriptyline. Seamus is so sensitive to meds that I hesitate to give him anything new, but perhaps it would be worth a try.
  13. Seamus has an ongoing issue with his back right foot. It all started when I noticed him licking it constantly. I looked closely and could see that there was discoloring between his toes, so we went off to the vet. The vet prescribed a course of antibiotics. At the end of it, there was no improvement, and he was still licking it. The vet said it was not infected and it wasn't fungal so I thought it would resolve but it hasn't. It is getting worse. The discoloration has spread--it is a rusty looking red. It is between his toes and on the nail and on the fur. His other feet do not have a redsish tinge at all. Is it because he is still licking it, or is there something else going on? It looks really sore. Allergy? I would like to have some feedback from other Grey owners before I take him back to the vet. Thanks!
  14. Yes, I am in awe. I have yet to catch her actually at work so it is hard to picture just how she shreds so much so fast!
  15. This is a costume I made for someone else's Greyhound a few years back. Yes, that is Seamus modeling it for a picture.
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