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  1. Consider baby-gating him in your bedroom at night to reduce his free-roaming space. Hopefully, you'll be more likely to awaken if he begins walking around in need of a potty outing. If he's getting enough outings (e.g. at least 4-5 outings: every 4-5 hours throughout the daytime and evening), and is fully eliminating (without holding back a reserve in his tank for marking on walks), I echo above suggestions for a vet check for UTI, and please do not remove water.
  2. Several of our Greyhounds started having physical limitations on the main staircase (fully carpeted) after they reached double-digit ages, especially 12+. No obvious spinal or shoulder problems were detected by our vets, but the hounds certainly felt their own discomfort, perhaps from worsening arthritis, vision changes, etc. One hound began to hesitate on curbs during leashed walks and on 1 or 2 steps. Another hound eventually stopped on the landing, couldn't move for an extended time, and never went up or down stairs again. Several hounds lived comfortably into their mid-teens (up to 15.6) o
  3. My favorite is the Oster equine finishing brush: soft, long bristles, nicely shaped grip design, large enough to brush Greyhound bodies quickly. https://www.equestriancollections.com/horse-healthcare/horse-grooming-supplies/curry-combs-brushes/oster-soft-finishing-brush Equine flexible rubber curry combs work during major shedding times but my favorite year round is the finishing brush.
  4. Another good option: Greyhound Spook harness, by Majestic collars. http://www.majesticcollars.com/harness.htm Webmaster harness, by Ruffwear, is excellent for sighthounds, but might get too warm in FL summers. https://ruffwear.com/products/web-master-harness
  5. Try to create an additional barrier to keep your new hound from having direct access to that room's closed door. Example: extra tall baby gates usually work well as dividers (unless hound is a jumper and is extremely highly prey driven). If possible, don't let your new hound have access to the whole house this soon. Helps if hound's bed or crate is placed in the most used room with humans during the day, and then hound spends nights on her dog bed in the human's bedroom. If you have a dog crate, your hound could go inside temporarily to settle down until it's time for a walk, potty o
  6. So glad to read that Nilla is improving. Continued positive thoughts for Nilla, and now Chocko. Having nursed multiple geriatric Greyhounds into their mid-teens, it's remarkable how well they can pull through some medical set-backs and recover with appropriate veterinary care and quality home care. If Nilla's traffic paths are hard surface flooring, please consider adding cheap runner rugs (with safe, rubber, rug-gripper mats placed underneath) for improved traction/mobility. If needed, a Help Em Up harness could be very helpful when assisting a hound during potty outings. https
  7. Our hounds sleep longer when the bedroom is very dark, but they don't sleep in a separate room by themselves. Perhaps he'd benefit from a little more exercise or mind stimulation games during the day at home. Cloudy aging of the eyes or cataracts could cause significant loss of sight over time, but it's good that you don't think he's there yet. BTW, your questions might be seen by more readers if you post a new thread. If you post two more times somewhere on GT (Cute & Funny section doesn't count), you'll be able to private message Smurfette. You just need 50 posts to private me
  8. Depends on your veterinarian's diagnosis. Certain blinding eye conditions (like pannus) can be caught early and slowed or halted with veterinary prescribed medication. If a condition is untreatable, human acts as seeing eye guide to help dog navigate as vision deteriorates. Blind dogs can live a happy life and still take leashed walks while enjoying their other heightened senses (like smelling pee-mail along the way). Ensure dog's home traffic pathways are always kept clear of items, shopping bags, boxes, etc. and are very brightly lit in house and especially the route exiting house and alo
  9. Just a thought, Chocolatehunny: Some of what you described is seen in hounds that are losing their eyesight.
  10. Recall is for specific canned dog foods with excessive vitamin D. FDA: https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm630232.htm Hill's: https://www.hillspet.com/productlist?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIm9CwrZah4AIV2brACh112AChEAAYASAAEgLYvPD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
  11. Thanks for your answers. Good suggestions posted above. A few more things to try if you haven't already: Baby-gate your most used room during your awake hours to encourage hound to feel comfortable in that room while you briefly retrieve mail, go to the restroom, take trash outside, etc. Secure a decent size mirror at floor level (out of direct sun), directly across room from hound's favorite resting place, so hound can see her reflection. (Provides an illusion of having another Greyhound in the room.) A live confident, middle age hound might help her feel less abandoned during your a
  12. Thanks for asking. More information is needed on which to base answers: How long have you had your hound? Have you seen her behavior around other Greyhounds (play dates, walks, reunions, etc.)? How many humans in her family? When did she retire from the track? Are you her first owner in retirement? Was she fostered with other Greyhounds before adoption? How long have you been alone training? How long on Prozac? Are you still alone training while she's on Prozac? How long is she left alone at a time? What is she doing when left alone? Are you living in an apartment or house?
  13. Since you already have a dog walker to provide mid-day eliminations, I'd agree with a confident, independent, middle-aged Greyhound as a home and walking companion. I understand your girl doesn't have separation anxiety; however, it appears that our hounds, fosters, and solo Greyhound visitors greatly benefit from having a Greyhound friend around, even if they don't "play" together. (I've only pet sat two Greyhounds who needed to stay in their own single dog households.) One of our Greyhounds had human targeted (only) separation anxiety, but suffered emotionally after our other hounds passed a
  14. Not sure how often was she urinating before her dental, but seems it could be many things. Dental surgery dislodges a lot of bacteria, so vets often send dogs home with antibiotics. Dogs of any age often need to urinate more during the day due to environmental changes, stress, anxiety, etc. Pain, illness or infection might affect hound's overnight needs depending on timing of food/water intake. Perhaps email update clear photos of your hound's teeth and gums to your vet to ensure continued normal recovery. Dogs are given a lot of fluids during surgery that's eliminated during recovery for a
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