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    Kathy Fowler

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  1. You might have better luck trying to get an appointment with a veterinary dermatologist. (Yes, they exist.) Try Googling "veterinary dermatologist" and add your zip code. Google should give you the address of the one nearest to you. I had a greyhound rescue who arrived (from the pound) with a chronic rash on one front leg. A year later--after three different vets (one a greyhound expert) and multiple skin scrapings and tests--her vet gave me a referral to a dermatologist. After a punch biopsy, it turned out to be a bacterial infection on the outside of her leg (she'd been taking cephalexi
  2. A friend of mine had a champion agility greyhound, Katie, who suffered an FCE at the age of 12. Jennifer blogged about rehabbing Katie, and her posts are under the tag KATIE NEUROLOGICAL: http://neversaynevergreyhounds.blogspot.com/search/label/Katie Neurological
  3. Sounds as though it could be a stroke. Can you take him to an ER tonight? Dogs generally survive strokes, but I think he may need to be seen soon to minimize complications. https://www.care.com/c/stories/6485/strokes-in-dogs-everything-you-need-to-know/
  4. Link to CBS story: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/seresto-collar-recall/
  5. It's also possible that any problem with the collars is a small-dog problem. The dog named in the article was a Papillon. Perhaps the collars right-out-of-the-box are too strong for small dogs.
  6. I'd do the x-rays, and try not to borrow trouble. In the worst case scenario, they may tell you his leg's about to break from cancer, and you'd have to let him go. But would you rather know and be able to decide for the best? Or not know and be horribly surprised an hour or a day later--maybe when you and Charlie are on a walk and you have no way to get him home? (And I think the vet could let him wake up enough after x-rays to know you're there, and you could be with him the way you want to be.) Or, better: It's an injury and meds will help enormously. Or they may tell you to restrict a
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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. "
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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.
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