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  1. I have a healthy 13-year-old former brood bitch in my home. I've had her for 5 years, now. She's lovely. She sleeps all day, but she does it next to me. Sometimes, she leans her head on me and appears to be watching Braves baseball with me. Your girl would be unlikely to play with your kids, but greyhounds generally don't romp with children. But I bet your kids could read to her. (My angel therapy dog Silver sometimes "listened with her eyes closed.") I'm in a condo with a two-pet limit, and I'm maxed out at that, but I wouldn't hesitate to take in an older dog.
  2. Sounds like SLO: Symmetrical lupoid onychodystrophy See here for a Facebook group that addresses this problem: https://www.facebook.com/groups/131575517003777 Also see: https://www.dvm360.com/view/pivotal-pedicure-understanding-slo
  3. My two get trazadone for thunder. It really knocks them out. The problem is that I need to get it into them before the first clap of thunder. (Q goes nearly rigid, and prying his jaws apart to get a pill into him is difficult.) They don't have good hiding places here. In the past, I've played a white noise app on my cellphone for a dog, and that seemed to work. (She put her head down on the phone and went to sleep.) Sometimes I have Alexa play thunderstorm noises in hopes that the inside noises will beat the outside noises, and sometimes that works. (Works better when my electricity isn't flickering.) But my two are so stressed, and I'm afraid one of them will literally die of fear. I have a 67-pound boy and a 53-pound girl (she's 13 years old). The vet prescribed 1 to 1.5 pills (100 mg pills). I've never given more than one pill per dog. (Oh, jolly: the weather forecast for Marietta, Georgia, is thunderstorms Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. We're expecting bits of Elsa.) You can try cotton balls in Nate's ears and louder-than-usual television or music. Sometimes you need something over the dog's head to keep the cotton in place; try cutting the top "tube" off a tube sock; that should be stretchy enough to be comfortable. (Some people have used ace bandages.) My two are thunderphobes, but they were okay with the fireworks last night. I had the TV on CNN, where they were showing firework displays that had muffled thumps for sound--in between music performances. The fireworks in my neighborhood sounded much like the TV thumps, and my guys ignored them all. I went out last night with the trash at 11pm, and the folks a few blocks away were still at it.
  4. At one time we were considering an MRI when Jacey appeared to be having mild seizures. The vet said not to do the MRI: If there was a tumor or something causing the behavior, there was nothing we could do about it, and there wasn't much an MRI could reveal that we could treat. Sorry Violet is having trouble. I'm so grateful that my 13-year-old Jane is mentally and physically sound. Knock wood.
  5. Maybe try the jumbo-sized cotton balls in his ears. He may be hearing something that's bothering him. (If he shakes his head and sends the cotton balls flying, try cotton balls and make a "sleeve" out of the top tube of a sock to help keep his ears flat on his head and the cotton balls inside.) My girl isn't normally afraid of anything except thunder. But last year, I was hanging outside with the dogs on a couple of nice days, and Jane kept wanting to go back into the house. I finally realized she wanted inside on the days the landscapers were out with leaf-blowers, either in my condo complex or the one behind mine. And I realized that when I realized I was clenching my jaw against that leaf-blower noise. To Jane, I think it sounded like a huge buzzing insect. For me, it was just exactly the wrong pitch. (Think power saw squealing on concrete.) Normally, my condo complex is quiet. But I've had Georgia DOT crews installing deep-set piles for expressway bridges, and we heard (and felt) every thump as they drove the piles. I have neighbors who like to do carpentry in their carports--especially over the weekend--and their power saws are loud. Has your air conditioning recently started up for the season? Or maybe a neighbors' with a noisy system? At your house, it's been 4 days, so what has happened recently?
  6. I think I only concentrated on that timing when I was taking Sam in for bloodwork. I think that timing resulted in optimum amounts showing up in his bloodwork. But just giving him a thyroid pill at mealtimes would produce optimal results at some point in time that wasn't critical unless we were drawing blood to test.
  7. 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 cephalexin and other antibiotics but they didn't fix it) and ringworm below the surface of the skin (being below the surface is what kept it from registering as a fungal infection in the skin scrapings). Dermatologist prescribed cephalexin for the bacteria part and ketoconazole pills for the fungal part. The itching stopped within days, and the rash was gone in a couple of weeks. It never came back, and her hair grew back completely. I wanted to kick myself for having put her through a year of cephalexin and other antibiotics, lots of expensive vet visits, and constant itching. (She chewed her leg constantly. When I muzzled her, she learned to scratch her front leg with her back leg.) The dermatologist was not cheap, but it would have cost less than I spent on treatments that didn't work in that first year.
  8. 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
  9. 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/
  10. Link to CBS story: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/seresto-collar-recall/
  11. 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.
  12. 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 activity for a while. But there is an advantage to having an x-ray--in knowing what you're dealing with. I don't think uncontrollable leg pain would come from much short of cancer.
  13. 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 going to work at an odd hour--or coming home? Years ago, my first greyhound's favorite neighbor was a bartender who got off work at 2am; she learned to recognize the sound of his pickup over all other traffic noises. (He's not a bartender any more, but he's still the dogs' favorite neighbor...and every dog I've had has learned to recognize the sound of his truck. Meanwhile, his vocal Australian shepherd hears us when we go out for a walk, and I'm sure Butch wants to know why his dog is waking him up at night.) My 12-year-old greyhound started freaking out over the summer and insisting on going back in the house when she heard leaf-blowers...from a neighboring condo complex. She's not afraid of the blowers in our neighborhood; she can see the landscapers and see what they're doing. But leaf-blowers from a distance, when she can't see the people, just buzz and sound like the world's largest hornets, and they terrified her. Ask your vet. Ask about CBD chews to calm your boy--one tasty treat at bedtime might smooth over everything. (My two each get a CBD chew during thunderstorms. They expect them, and I'm not sure the dogs aren't hoping for thunder every time we get rain.)
  14. 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.
  15. 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. "
  16. 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.
  17. 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 interested, have your vet call SEGA's vet: Dr Toby Carmichael, Lake City Animal Hospital at (770) 974-3536. He's willing to advise interested vets. Several of SEGA's members have used this. I don't have experience with this because I've managed to dodge hookworm-hell; I got my two greyhounds before every dog coming out of Florida had drug-resistant hooks. But Dr Carmichael is the vet SEGA members call if their regular vet needs greyhound advice or if their dog needs something tricky.
  18. 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 shared the burgers in the exam room. (She spat out the pickles.) Then I told her goodbye and her vet let her go as I held her and talked to her. That was the first--and last--day she needed help getting into my car. Nothing would have been made better by biopsies or surgery or detailed knowledge about what was going on. We've called it hemangiosarcoma. Whatever it was, it wasn't fixable. A few days later I brought home an 8-year-old brood bitch to keep Q company. I called the poor girl "Silver" for the first week and cried on Q because I missed Silver. (The new girl wasn't interested in cuddling...like Silver.) Silver was absolutely the best dog I've ever had, and I still miss her, but I've never doubted that we did the right thing.
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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, and then they stopped.
  24. 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?
  25. Just got an email from Healthy Paws. In 60 days, they're going up nearly $30/month on my policy that covers two dogs.
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