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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. 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.
  5. Glad your vet is working with Dr. Couto, and I hope everything goes well.
  6. I didn't go back to read all of the previous comments in this thread, so this may have been mentioned already. But before people with dogs who have the listed sires in their pedigree get too worried, keep in mind that we don't have any percentages. In addition to just looking to see if dogs diagnosed with OSA have these sires in their pedigree, you also need to compare it to the number of dogs with those sires who *don't* develop OSA for the numbers to mean anything. Gable Dodge has over 11,000 offspring, and Wigwam Wag and HB's Commander have over 3000 each. Commander's son Molotov has
  7. Gabapentin is also used to treat seizures, and this usually only applies to dogs that are already prone to seizures. If you're using gabapentin to treat pain, there is no need to wean down if it needs to be stopped for some reason.
  8. That neutrophil count isn't that unusual for a greyhound. Sounds like the vet has already confirmed that, but if needed, this is a good scientific article on the topic: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3816276/pdf/nihms496011.pdf
  9. Unfortunately, the data on the 5-FU protocol hasn't been published. When I asked Dr. Couto about it, he said that the resident in charge of the project had left, and once the resident leaves, stuff usually doesn't get published. IMO, it's a shame as it seems to be an effective, and much less expensive option, for appropriately selected cases. Dr. Couto told me that he had data on a number of cases, and the results were as good, if not better, than radiation treatment. I trusted his experience, and my local oncologist was willing to try it with my whippet. He was the first case she did, an
  10. Did Dr. Couto mention the 5-FU local injections at all? I had a greyhound foster with a soft tissue sarcoma on his wrist where we were unable to get margins. We did a very similar metronomic protocol using Cytoxan and Rimadyl (instead of the piroxicam). Did they talk to you about the possible bladder side effects with Cytoxan? My foster got adopted, and last I heard, he was still doing well with that protocol with no regrowth.
  11. How is Surprise doing? I saw that he's going to start on oral chemo? What protocol are they going with?
  12. I agree with tbhounds about consulting with an oncologist or Dr. Couto before proceeding with your vet's plan. Especially since he's not being forthcoming with detailed information, we have no idea what kind of chemo he is planning to inject, and there's no way anyone can address your question of what reactions to expect. Your vet should be the one giving you this information anyway. Administering chemo of any form is a serious and risky procedure, and I wouldn't be comfortable with a vet who isn't keeping you informed of exactly what the protocol and plan is. A hemangiopericytoma is a
  13. Ask your vet for a copy of the report. Or at least ask what grade the tumor was. If he didn't tell you the name of the drug he is planning to inject or possible side effects, you need to talk to him about this before consenting to treatment. It would have been best to send off all 3 growths for pathology. If he didn't save or send off the smaller ones, the most you can do at this point is to watch very closely to see if they start to come back. 5-FU is a type of chemo, and it's the only one I'm familiar with injecting into the tumor or under the scar. The full name is 5-fluorouracil,
  14. We have a five year old, red, female retired racing greyhound who has just been diagnosed with GME. We are bringing her home today because someone had reached out and helped her get the proper diagnoses, to whom we are so grateful. We are new to this and do not know where to begin, even in asking questions. Her name is San Tan Snuggles. She raced 141 races and won many for her owners until she broke her right, rear leg while racing in Palm Springs, Florida.. San Tan Snuggles adopted us Sept...

  15. Were all 3 growths that were removed hemangiopericytomas? To determine whether or not to do chemo, I would want to look at what grade the tumor is, and also how good the margins were. Hemangiopericytomas are a type of soft tissue sarcoma, and they are graded based on how aggressive the abnormal cells look when examined microscopically. Grade 1 or low grade tumors removed with clean margins rarely cause any further problems. Grade 3 or high grade tumors have a higher chance of metastasis and are much more likely to recur even if the margins are clean. Also, "clean" margins can be narrow or
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