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    I'm a Press Writer/Photographer.
    BSc (hons) Zoology from University of Wales
    Interests: Greyhounds. Walking. Photography.

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  1. Yes, I still remember having to go to the the local vets as an emergency on a holiday Sunday to fix up her knee with surgery and all, after a particularly dumb run into a rock that stupidly got itself into the direct route to the squirrel. She doesn't have that sprint capability now and there are certainly a lot fewer teeth. I know I'm lucky she still likes to go out and about even if a mile is now 'plenty far enough'.
  2. This afternoon's dog walk was along the river and I stopped to take some photos. I don't think Peggy (13 1/2) was thrilled to be left waiting and not allowed down the bank... https://a4.pbase.com/g12/54/91454/2/171602108.mPRWkJ5k.jpg But it was a pretty little spot and maybe I did take 10 minutes setting it up
  3. Yes, Peggy's 'lop ear' is one of her special features, but it can fly straight like the other one, all it needs is a cat or squirrel to appear. Apparently we're going back to winter over the Easter weekend, so visitors to the Dartmoor National Park probably won't be quite so numerous. We are more than happy to share the moor with them though as long as they follow the country commonsense code. Definitely no open fires and cheap tinfoil barbecues, or the dry vegetation will all go up in flames at this time of year.
  4. The first really warm day of Spring and the travel restrictions relating to the virus lockdown have been relaxed, so I took Peggy for a walk up on Dartmoor. But who was going to have to sit down first: 13 1/2 year old Peggy or me with an achilles tendon injury that won't go away any better than getting older will? Let's just say it wasn't Peggy
  5. Interesting. My dog has only ever 'got completely better' following a course of Met. after Pred. has been used to stimulate appetite. Also, Pred. alone can stop a non-eating crisis from progressing to weight loss.
  6. Perhaps ask the vet for some steroid tablets to promote appetite get her through this crisis. I've needed to do that with Peggy who now has a very easily upset stomach following a bad parasitic episode early last summer, The steroids kick in after about 2 days and the course lasts just over a week, reducing towards the end.
  7. Depends how much work has to be done and how old/vulnerable the dog is. You could easily be looking around the 1,000 mark.
  8. It is a proven remedy for difficult wounds. Get vet grade Manuka honey or look for the highest strength (eg. 20) you can find in a store. You apply it to a suitable bandage, then apply the bandage to the wound and use elastic vet wrap to hold it in place.
  9. Your photos are working fine now. That's quite a big area of affected skin. It could be from an autoimmune response or I still think it may be a reaction to bug or even spider bites. You could maybe for now clean the wound area with Hibiscrub or similar and wrap the wound with some high strength Manuka Honey. If you just do the worst leg you'll soon see if it starts to make it better. Just as with humans, these skin problems can be a nightmare to fix; but your vet should have seen hundreds of them and have a good idea of what stands the best chance of working.
  10. If he's not nibbling his legs due to intense itching to start the wounds, then it has to be either some kind of bug is biting him there or there's something he's grazing his legs on. Maybe his legs going down behind a gap in some steps or even something in the house, even in his bed. I think you're going to need to turn detective.
  11. So sorry I didn't see this reply before you got confirmation. The way you handled it cannot be faulted. I'd always want an X-Ray if the dog didn't improve over 2-3 days or walk considerably more easily on grass, and always if there was a lump or tender spot on a leg.
  12. So sorry to read that you had to let Charlie go; it always seems too soon but with that diagnosis the timing was right.
  13. What a difficult choice you have to make now. Dragging the foot could be due to a ligament problem or neurological/nerve damage in addition to whatever else is going on. I think I'd still want to try to find out what I was dealing with, and yes I'd ask that they not bring the dog out of anaesthesia if there was obvious bone cancer. Yes, it doesn't help that vets have taken an extreme reaction to lockdown and we cannot be with our pets in their office. At your dog's age there is no blame in considering euthanasia. nor in seeing an 'enough is enough' sign from a dog that you know and love so much.
  14. What temperature is the water? If Peggy goes and drinks the water from the bowl in the garden when it's near freezing she will gag on it too.
  15. So sorry to read that Fort had to leave you under those terrible circumstances. I think if we're honest, we all fear for our older dog getting attacked out of the blue. Sad that the attacker had to be put down at such a young age and hope that it's owner doesn't get another large dog that they can't keep under control.
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