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  1. This dog's leg is already healed and it looks like repair isn't needed or recommended at this time, according to two greyhound-experienced vets, one of which is an orthopedic surgeon. Since it looks like it's been 3 or 4 months since Alfie stopped racing and the adoption group apparently wasn't involved in any treatment for his leg, it looks like the trainer or racing owner were the ones who treated his broken leg, probably with a splint or cast. Even with surgery, not all fractures heal perfectly and result in a normal gait with no lameness. If there is no instability in the hock, maybe
  2. Greyhounds absolutely do not race with broken bones, and they certainly don’t race again days after a hock fracture and finish within a second of the winning time. I’m 100% sure that Alfonso Verboten did not break his hock in that race on Oct 11. There are some cases where a dog with a well healed fracture can race competitively again after months of treatment and rehab, but that’s not what we’re talking about here. This dog ran again 4 days after the race where he fell, and again 6 days after that. And his finishing time was within a second of the winner in both races. No way a dog with a
  3. Wiki was the second greyhound I adopted, but he's the first greyhound I've lost. He joined our pack in November of 2008. I half jokingly said I got him as a friend for my first greyhound Willow for her 4th birthday when I decided to bring him home as a foster with intent. He filled the vacant 4th spot in my pack after my IG Casey passed away 8 months prior. I picked Wiki for all the reasons we tell people not to - his color and appearance. I'd always liked white and brindle, the color of the first greyhound that caught my eye but I wasn't able to adopt due to timing. It didn't hurt that he
  4. As others have said, there is no right or wrong answer. What the 'best' choice might be will differ depending on the individual family and the individual dog. There is never any specific time limit - every case is different. Listen to your dog and let her tell you when it's time. If she is still happy and enjoying life, I don't think there's any reason to euthanize right away. Each individual's pain tolerance and response to medications is different. I've known dogs that did well for over a year after diagnosis without amputation and just pain management. I've also known others where the
  5. AKC greyhounds are a whole lot more inbred than racing greyhounds. They have their own problems, some of which are worse than osteosarcoma. Look up greyhound neuropathy. And from Nancy's post above, it looks like AKC greyhounds aren't immune to OSA. There are no genetic studies I'm aware of that have confirmed certain bloodlines being more prone to OSA. Very few dogs just die of "old age". As a vet, most of my patients are euthanized due to things like cancer, kidney disease, debilitating arthritis, heart disease, etc. In the past week, I've had 2 young, healthy patients just drop de
  6. One of the details that none of the stats I've seen look at is a breakdown of the age at which osteosarcoma (OSA) develops. All dogs are going to die of something, so I think it makes a difference to know what percentage get it in their middle-aged years vs their senior years. There has been no proof that any specific bloodlines carry more risk of OSA. Some of the sires that have been named are ones that have a huge number of offspring, so you're naturally going to hear about more cases from those lines.
  7. If the original GI panel bloodwork included a TLI and it was normal, then your dog doesn't have EPI. In dogs that have been diagnosed with EPI, with an appropriate dose of enzymes, you see a pretty fast improvement in the stools. It can take longer for them to gain weight and feel better, but in the cases I've treated, the stool volume and consistency have improved quickly.
  8. Please update after your 2nd opinion with the vet in Gainesville. If she really does have bladder stones, then she very well may need to be on a special diet for life to try to reduce the risk of forming stones again. Did the vet point the "chipped pelvis" out to you on the x-rays? It's possible that everything the first vet did was appropriate and they just didn't do a very good job of explaining things to you. Bladder stones and dental issues aren't particularly specific to greyhounds, so whether or not the vet was greyhound-savvy shouldn't have really affected that.
  9. I got my whippet puppy at 4.5 months old and also had 3 greyhounds, a senior whippet, and a geriatric whippet mix at the time. My other dogs did surprisingly well and practically raised her. Definitely a good idea to use her muzzle for the initial meeting to be on the safe side. My dogs are crated when I'm not home so I didn't worry about the puppy pestering the others, and I also crated her in my bedroom at night (all the other dogs are loose in my bedroom with the door closed).
  10. Not often that we need to dose a dog that small, but I'd probably go with a proportional dose. A smaller 50 lb greyhound would typically get 500 mg of Amicar, so I'd probably aim for 100 mg per dose, and go with the same protocol of 3x/day for 5 days. No need to start it 3 days prior to surgery. Amicar (aminocaproic acid) and tranexamic acid work by stabilizing clots, so it really doesn't need to be started any earlier than the morning of surgery. I'm assuming the 650 mg tablets you have are tranexamic acid. If you feel that pills will be easier to get into her than liquid, I'd find a c
  11. In my experience, clearing a case of persistent hooks is more about timing than the product. Hookworms have a life cycle of 2-3 weeks, and chronically infested dogs often have inactive larvae in their tissues. When you deworm them and get rid of the worms in the intestines, those dormant larvae re-infest the intestines - a phenomenon called larval leak. When I suspect that this is happening, I deworm every 2 weeks with any product that kills hookworms. Pyrantel pamoate (Strongid-T) tends to be the most cost effective. If using a heartworm preventative that treats hookworms, that can also
  12. Coming in late to this thread as I've been too busy to check this forum regularly, but acepromazine can be quite appropriate for greyhounds when used in low doses as preanesthetic sedation. This is the *only* time I routinely use ace in greyhounds. I would never *not* use it as a pre-med for one of my own greyhounds. She tends to get very sedated with both acepromazine and butorphanol, so I tried doing a dental on her once with only butorphanol as a preanesthetic. Much rougher anesthetic episode with muscle spasms that required me to give her additional sedation when she was recovering. W
  13. I would guess the "hazardous waste disposal" fee is charged to offset the cost of paying for a waste management service to collect and dispose of biomedical waste as required by state law. I doubt it's being charged to be a profit center for the clinic. Services are cheaper here in the south. I shared a 6" x 6" square on a dog's back today to clean up a nasty hot spot and charged $20 for it. Nail trims here are $12. Suture removal has been free at every clinic I've worked at, including the ones in Boston, but that was over 15 years ago.
  14. Yes, all the clinics I've worked at have charged for bandage changes, usually only around $25-35, though. You're paying for the time, material, and service by a trained professional.
  15. Calling Gentle Giants a "dubious rescue" is quite generous. Somehow they manage to constantly have rare breeds and mixes available that are almost never available through their own breed rescues nationwide. Among the dogs they currently have available are a "Woodle Doodle" (Irish Wolfhound/Great Dane/Poodle) and a Tibetan Mastiff/Great Pyrenees mix. You do the math...
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