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    Kathy Fowler

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    Marietta, Georgia
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  1. Yes, it could be dementia. But see if you can think of things that have changed. Are you keeping windows open at night? Could he be hearing sounds through open windows that he wasn't hearing previously? (A neighbor's air conditioner coming on? Mine roars like a jet plane.) A few years ago, Georgia Department of Transportation was adding an expressway bridge about 2 miles from my condo, and they were driving piles into the ground--usually at night, when there was less traffic on the roads. I could hear it when we were outside for a walk, so I'm sure my two greyhounds heard it, too. A neighbor g
  2. Take a damp paper towel (a white one is best), and wipe her down all over carefully. If there's a hidden injury, the paper towel should show a bit of blood. This is good for finding injuries hidden in skin folds or otherwise hard to spot.
  3. https://www.greyhoundgang.org/learn/greyhounds/essays/heat-kills/#:~:text=A dog's normal body temperature is between 101 – 102.5 degrees. "A dog’s normal body temperature is between 101 – 102.5 degrees. "
  4. Are you seeing an eye specialist? One might tell you if there are other options or give you some reassurance if you're getting the best advice from your vet.
  5. The vet for Southeastern Greyhound Adoption (SEGA) recommends this. It MUST be administered by a vet; this isn't something vets should send home with pet owners and let them do it themselves. This is one of the few meds that has been reliably successful, but the veterinary community is unwilling to risk owners giving less than the complete dose (because the dog spits it out or fights it); giving a smaller dose is the sort of thing that triggers weakened resistance to a med, and the veterinary community could wind up with its only successful med suddenly becoming less reliable. If you're int
  6. My Silver had a lump on her side. Her vet and I discussed removing it, and we did pre-op lab work. Her liver numbers were way out of line, and the vet recommended an ultrasound. I left her with the vet while I went grocery shopping. The vet called while I was in the grocery store. The ultrasound revealed a growth on her heart that had not been on x-rays a month earlier. The ultrasound expert thought she might have a couple of days before the growth ruptured. I walked out of the store without the groceries and stopped at McDonald's to get cheeseburgers on the way to the vet's. Silver and I s
  7. When Sam was 13, he had a night where he'd had his usual pain meds but still panted and didn't sleep all night. That was it for us because we were already at the limit of what meds could do, so I sat up with him all night and told him he wouldn't have to do that again.
  8. I'd leash-walk him until your vet says he's safe to run. Video him from the back as he walks and save that to have a record of how he moves now if you think his gait has changed in the future. Ask the vet for x-rays for comparison. My broken-hock boy arrived here with a CD of xrays showing the pin in his hock. (I uploaded those xrays to a photo storage site so I can access them any time to show them to an emergency vet or something.) CRT QUADEER0004
  9. Take a picture of the bruise. Mark the edges of the bruise with a Sharpie marker. Watch the bruise overnight to see if the bruise continues to spread. If it does, then yes: Stella needs a vet--maybe the ER. If the bruise stays about the same size, call her vet tomorrow, email them the original photo and a new photo that shows how the bruise has grown, and see what they think.
  10. I wouldn't rely on it. For my girl, it didn't fit snugly enough around her neck. Notice the gap where there's only a strap between the thicker parts of the pillow. If that gap lands in the wrong place--and it will--the pillowy parts won't help.
  11. Maybe an "absence seizure" (petit mal rather than grand mal). Jacey had what we thought was a few of those. I'd call her to dinner, she'd come in the kitchen and stand there and stare at the bowl like she couldn't figure out the next step. I'd hold the bowl up so she could smell it and she didn't react. After a while, she finally started eating. It was as if she zoned out somewhere between hearing me call her and seeing and recognizing the food bowl. Vet did blood work and it looked fine. She was too old to assume epilepsy, but the vet said maybe that, maybe a tumor. A few such incidents, a
  12. I'd ask the vet. I know the drug comes in Extended Release formats. Does the label hold any clues? Like "take one pill, 2x daily" or something like that?
  13. Just got an email from Healthy Paws. In 60 days, they're going up nearly $30/month on my policy that covers two dogs.
  14. The everyday name for the problem is "stud tail" and it's not exclusive to greyhounds...or even to dogs. You can see more info, including treatment advice, here: https://wagwalking.com/condition/stud-tail
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