We lost our last remaining Greyhound, Ambi, yesterday. He had been declining, but yet things transpired suddenly yesterday.
Ambi has been going downhill for the last year or so, losing muscle mass and weight. This process sped up as time went on. In the last half year his lumbar stenosis started to become a factor as well. Since my Christmas break started on Dec 20, I had been helping Ambi up the 2.5 steps onto the deck and the other 2.5 steps into the porch. I'd put his front feet on the top step and push his hind end up the steps. He began to expect that from me, it was probably much easier on his hind end. The bitter cold snap we had two weeks ago was very hard on Ambi, we could tell he was hurting, but I upped his metacam a little, which seemed to help. But, remaining from this cold week was that his lumbar stenosis became much worse. He was knuckling more and more with his hind feet.
Yesterday morning, Ambi was there for his breakfast like he always was, still doing as well as he could be given the lumbar stenosis. Then around 10 AM Michael called me that I needed to come home as Ambi was not doing well, he had struggled for half an hour to get up and finally did but he was "walking like a drunken sailor". We have experienced this before, with both Diego and Tosca and knew that he had probably thrown a clot and had a lumbar stroke. Michael and I (and the vet last week when we had been there with our Galgo Nei) had discussed that this would be one of the signs and a reason for us to put Ambi to sleep. So that happened all of a sudden yesterday morning. The photo below shows Ambi ten minutes before the vet came. Ambi was still alert, there was nothing wrong with his mind, but we knew it was time for him. We had called the vet just before noon and she said she and the tech could come out right away, they had a break in their day (lunch time!) They came just before 1 PM and we all said goodbye, until we meet again to Ambi. We made the right decision for him.
Our 9 Galgos were all aware what was happening, they were lying down so quietly in the kitchen (behind the gate we put up when we need it) while the vet was working on Ambi. They were all very quiet last night, super quiet. I have been looking after Ambi's potty needs when I was home and looked behind my chair where he slept a number of times last night seeing if he needed to go outside, but he wasn't there
Godspeed Ambi, we will love you always.