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    BSc (hons) Zoology from University of Wales
    Interests: Greyhounds. Walking. Photography.

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. So sorry to read that you had to let Charlie go; it always seems too soon but with that diagnosis the timing was right.
  7. 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 muc
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. So sorry to read of your sad loss. I like to believe that we will meet them in spirit at Rainbow Bridge one day too. A strange coincidence happened last week, 12 years to the day after my last one died. I was tidying up a drawer and found an old memory card, and on it were early pictures of my dog that I didn't even know I had.
  11. I don't think there ever is a 'right' time to let them go, and often you don't get an obvious sign because you have been caring for so long and so intensely with your coping strategies that you cannot expect to see the wood for the trees. There is definitely no blame in letting your dog go now as you are seeing a sharp decline in Avy's quality of life. The decline in mental stability, mobility and incontinence are all signs, and If there is kidney failure involved it can make a dog feel very miserable. So I'd say let them go if the kidney symptoms cannot easily be lessened, and when they have
  12. I wonder whether it may be something simple like an itch in that region, or sore anal glands? I thought my dog might be having focal seizures, but it turned out to be fleas!
  13. Don't over-think stuff; it only makes you more stressed. You probably need to allow him in your room for at least a couple of weeks. He needs to be in his own bed there, so get one of those nice big deep ones that keep them cosy. Then you could put that bed back out in the house somewhere (with all the bedding and familiar smells) and put another new bed in your room. Soon you may get some bonding moments, and as soon as "I'm so proud of my dog" enters your mind, the tension usually lifts. Returning a Greyhound when he isn't a fit for your family isn't 'wrong', but you will feel bad abo
  14. There's no reason to want to go out all those times at night unless he has: Gas, IBS, a weak bladder or UTI, toothache, or some other ache. If those, and external noises outside, can be ruled out then it's a habit he has got you into following. Try giving him a Kong with some peanut butter and treats stuffed into with a "Go to bed" command. I'm assuming there is easy access to fresh water at all times?
  15. 3M brand is not the best, it's too thin, the glue isn't tacky enough and there are water issues with it. I know because I temporarily mended the padded seat on a chair with both, and it was the Gorilla tape from 3 months ago that still stayed in place. Waterproof? I fixed the mirror housing on my car with Gorilla tape after 3M failed.
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