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About PrairieProf

  • Birthday 11/29/1962

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    Waterloo, Iowa
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    I'm a New York-born, Iowa-dwelling college English professor, lesbian, bungalow owner and Arts and Crafts movement buff, passionate cat lover, and mom to my second greyhound (got my first in 2010).

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  1. More opportunities for outdoor running may be needed -- the more he gets his energy out outside, the less he'll be compelled to zoom outdoors. But I have a very high-energy young greyhound, and yeah, that's part of the fun. Her indoor zoomies have moderated a good deal from when I got her at two (she's four now), although she still does them.
  2. No, this is not correct. There is nothing remarkable about the carrots they originate from. But the thing about how they are prepared is that the cellulose is broken down so that they are fully or much more digestible. Intact vegetables don't get digestively absorbed in the same way. Cooked mashed carrots might be comparable. But I would try the Olewo ones and compare before I jumped to the conclusion that there was no difference. (I actually feed a 50/50 mix of Olewo carrots and beets.)
  3. Just use trial and error with water until you find the consistency you like. There's nothing scientific about it. Wetter, dryer, it works the same. Easiest to use less and you can always add more. If you aren't nuking it it probably takes more than 20 minutes to absorb. I make a batch for covering a number of days (I never measure, just give my dog a big glob of mixed carrots and beets on each feeding) and keep it in the fridge. I try to add the water and let it sit for a few hours or overnight. I too stopped adding oil, since I give it with food, and my girl had pancreatitis from added oils the first year I had her.
  4. You need to get that splint bandage checked like every other day, especially at first. You would not believe how fast greyhounds can develop ulcerations on their toes from splints and wrapping worn 24/7, and they are a PIA to heal. Speaking from experience with my first greyhound who had a toe amputation (which isn't at all the end of the world if for some reason you keep having trouble with that toe dislocating or whatever).
  5. I am so very sorry. I was always struck by his pictures. I lost my white and brindle girl Beth suddenly at age 9 too.
  6. Plenty of people have dogs who don't have yards (or have dogs who don't like to potty in the yard, at least #2 -- this was the case with my first greyhound). They walk them. You are going to have to walk your dog for exercise anyway and go to grassy fenced areas for off-leash running time, so.... That space looks awfully tight. And remember, most dogs are not just going to go in and immediately assume the position, unless they have to go really badly. They generally like to wander or trot around to find the perfect spot. That area will be tight for the dog even to turn around in -- remember these guys are not just tall but long!
  7. I had an excellent experience with PetSmart training with my first greyhound -- my first experience with dog training, too. It was fun and she learned a lot, we went all the way through Advanced. I will say that the instructor I worked with throughout had years of experience -- her knowledge was just just based on PetSmart's training. One negative was the crowded, busy environment -- good for practicing with distractions but I would have liked to be working in a space dedicated to training, not practicing stuff in aisles full of clueless shoppers and their pups. One positive is they allow you to retake any class for free, even if you pass it, if you want more practice or whatever.
  8. This is absolutely right. Tons of greyhounds have T4 way below 0.5 and full panels show they are perfectly normal. Absolutely no conclusions and no medication without a full thyroid panel (including breeds-specific interpretation at the lab -- Michigan State is considered the best).
  9. I am so very sorry as well. What a sad loss. At least you have a clear answer.
  10. I use Sentry Petrodex and it has always worked very well.
  11. My vet doesn't even carry the vaccination as the flu is not in Iowa. He is not alarmist and thinks the epidemiological risk outside major outbreak areas is statistically tiny. This reminds me I've been to several midwest events since the Chicago outbreak in 2015 and it wasn't an issue. Unfortunately it will be impossible to avoid communal bowls and close contact if one uses the dog-sitting service in Sterl Hall at the Abilene event, which is necessary to do farm tours or anything else where dogs are not allowed.
  12. Yes, I saw the post about the vaccine. I am just aware that no one is talking about the implication for events, just as greyhound event season kicks into high gear. I am going with a friend and her two hounds and our hotel room is nonrefundable. My gut feeling at this point is to start the vaccination process (Cocoa does go to the dog park and out in the world a lot, no cases in Iowa yet but we are driving to NY soon) and stay away from other dogs as much as possible for an event, avoid communal bowls, etc.
  13. I don't agree about greyhounds being bad first time dogs. I was a cat person all my life before getting my first greyhound in my 40s. A greyhound is the only breed of dog I ever want! Plus when you get a greyhound you can become part of a huge, supportive, fun community, which you don't get with any other dog you might adopt. If you haven't had a dog you have to learn about having a dog whatever kind it is. (And FWIW my first greyhound was two years old and had never been fostered, although I will admit she was an exceptionally confident and stable dog.)
  14. I have longstanding plans to bring Cocoa to the Abilene gathering next week, and in the last 24 hours have realized that the current outbreak of serious canine influenza is more widespread than I had thought. It makes me realize that going to this or other gatherings with dogs coming together from widespread locations is really quite risky. I know that many serious dog show people are pulling their dogs out of shows for the present. Even if one starts the vaccination process now, it takes a vaccination and booster and what sounds like about 4 weeks total for a dog to be really protected. Any thoughts from other folks on this? No cases in Kansas so far but apparently the virus has been found as close as Missouri. http://www.veterinarypracticenews.com/Canine-Influenza-Virus-Beyond-Two-Show-Dogs/ Cocoa is also on a mild immune-suppressant medication (Atopica) for her discoid lupus and I am wondering how much more vulnerable that would leave her. Going to try to talk to my vet this morning.
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