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  1. Hi, this is Wendy in Chicago, also known as Twiggy's Mom. I'm so sorry you are going through this. Difficult enough in normal times, let alone now! I'm sure you already have found Greyhounds Only and GPA-Wisconsin, but they are additional groups to AG & MWG that I have worked with in the area. GPA-W doesn't work much in downtown & southwest, but I adopted from them (I'm downtown Chicago), and I know they used to have some adopters in the north and western suburbs. GO works most of the greater Chicagoland area. I've been out of the greyhound scene for several years now, so I a
  2. Hi Ducky! Thank you for that link! I think this is also a link that works:
  3. I haven't posted in some years now, but Twiggy was a good precursor for your girl. Twiggy had osteo at 6 years old. She had a front leg amp (left), and her share of issues after including a massive stroke 3 or 4 years later. Twiggy loved her walks and she was a high energy girl. She ran me ragged around the neighborhood for hours nearly every night for years after her amp, even when she was on chemo. She was also clocked on radar running 37 mph just weeks after her amp, and again just before her 11th birthday. Gauge your girl's energy and limitations, have a plan if you get too far &
  4. I don't comment much anymore, but I wanted to mention that while many dogs tolerate piroxicam well, that doesn't mean anything to a dog who has gone through intensive iv chemo. Twiggy was in the same boat, & she was getting the full metronomic protocol per Dr. Couto at the time, including Metacam (the liquid version of meloxicam which can easily be dosed exactly based on a dog's weight, making it even easier on the stomach). Even after dropping the 2 oral chemo meds, she developed an ulcer from Metacam and could no longer tolerate any NSAIDS. The chemo left her very sensitive to many
  5. Sounds like the Vac-Therapy bandage Twiggy had to cure her pseudomonas-A infection (which was not readily treatable via anti-biotics - it was extremely drug-resistant) after her osteo amp. She had to stay in the hospital for a week, because it was too heavy for her to wear while still recovering from her amp. I believe it saved her life that week, & in the long-term may have been partly responsible for her actual cure of osteo.
  6. Thank you all. She really was something. A force of nature, I always said. Her boundless enthusiasm and determination brought me and many others joy. I wish I could properly do her memory justice. Just a few photos here, Not enough to really tell her story, but I hope her spirit can shine through
  7. TwiggysMom


    I am so very sorry about UPS. I remember her and FedX both very fondly. I know this is an incredibly difficult day for you.
  8. I am so very happy to hear this!
  9. 3 1/2 is very young for osteo in a dog. But I know all too well how difficult it is to hear about evidence of a bone lesion on xray. I too, hope that it could be a tbd (perhaps one that wasn't tested for?) or valley fever. Dr. Couto would be an excellent choice for interpretation. If it does turn out to be the worst we all fear, the distal radius has a more favorable prognosis than most other locations, according to what Dr Couto told me when he saw Twiggy for her osteo many years ago (5 y 7 m, & still going, though feebly these days). I hope it turns out to be something more
  10. You mentioned that Dorie is on Metacam. I know Metacam is supposed to be pretty well-tolerated, and can be dosed very accurately for your dog, But my girl was on it as part of a metronomic chemo protocol, and it caused her significant problems. Possibly her system was already fragile due to the iv chemo she had completed, and the Palladia that she was also taking at the same time, but either way, she could not tolerate it. After being on Metacam for a few months, she suddenly had a turn just like your Dorie did. She went from loving her 2-3 hour long daily walks, eating ravenously, playi
  11. I hear dog flu is making the rounds pretty heavily around here again, so I'd consider that as well.
  12. Yes & Fast-growing, tall dogs are all highly prone to Osteo. Greyhounds, by all statistics I've seen, are far from the top breeds in terms of developing osteo. Among those are Great Danes, Goldens, Rotties, Burmese Mtn Dogs, and Pitties. (Pitties are more from personal experience than from published statistics). Twiggy, my only greyhound (aside from my fosters), got osteo at 6 years old. She is now 12, & just hit her 5 year, 5 month "ampuversary". Her age and tireless enthusiasm is catching up to her, but she has absolutely & completely kicked Osteo to the curb.
  13. It is good to hear positive anecdotal information about this. Twiggy was diagnosed with kidney failure over a year ago (fortunately, with enalapril her numbers have been holding pretty steady & no further steps like diet changes or additions/increases in meds have been recommended). However, there is some not-so-great information about this product out there too - mainly insufficient clinical data and illegal marketing claims (per the FDA and AVMA) http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm454500.htm https://www.avma.org/News/JAVMANews/Pages/151015n.aspx
  14. I think you made the right decision if it was indeed a histiocytoma (and it sounds like it was). I do not have anything like extensive experience with this, but Twiggy got one on a toe of her only remaining front leg about 9 months after her amp for osteo. In a total panic, I rushed her in to see her oncologist, he looked at it, aspirated it, examined the cells and was extremely confident it was histiocytoma. He told me that typically once a histiocytoma is "messed with" (yes, his terms) via a needle aspirate, they tend to resolve on their own quite quickly. This was a good four+ years
  15. I will chime in here too, and say it sounds like your boy is one of the rare ones who cheated on his cat-test. Out of twenty-some fosters, I had one like that. She did great on her cat test (my group used "volunteer" cats, let the cat walk around in a small room with the leashed & muzzled greyhound & evaluated the reactions of both the dog and cat, so it was a pretty good cat testing procedure, imo - some groups do better with this than others, I've even heard of some groups that use a stuffed cat or a cat video as their cat test, but that may have been long ago). At any rate,
  16. Twiggy has a very sensitive stomach for the past 5 years since her iv chemo, but no issues with her tramadol or gabapentin. (she now gets 200 mg 3x/day of gaba, with no issues). Based on that, and others' experiences, I think it is unlikely that the gabapentin would be problematic.
  17. From that description, it does sound like you'll be able to get her used to a wagon pretty quickly - that's great! I had to laugh about the stairs, too. When she came home, I was pretty comfortable with her going upstairs by herself after just a few assisted tries, but I wasn't ready for her to go down by herself. Too risky. So one evening, at bedtime, I told Twiggy "okay - upstairs"... She knew what that meant, but apparently she knew even then that she was more comfortable going down stairs than up; so she turned the other direction and ran downstairs instead! I nearly had a hear
  18. I think getting her used to a wagon as soon as possible is a great idea. Tanzi is an independent girl, & probably resistant to such things. From my experience, now is the best possible time to train her to use a wagon or stroller. I wish I had the foresight to do that with Twiggy years ago.
  19. In my experience between Twiggy and many fosters, all but one of the ice melters labeled "pet safe" are anything but. Safe Paw is the only one that they can actually walk on without pain. Actually, I think rock salt is better than most other ice melters, but still not good for paws. Sand would be the best, most cost effective solution, IMO. Unfortunately, Safe Paw is extremely expensive, and I can't afford to use it to the extent necessary to get Twiggy out of the development. I do remove the melters the association uses for a portion of the development, but just to get her to th
  20. It's wonderful that she is so determined and full of adventure!
  21. I'm facing a similar situation. Twiggy's vet has mentioned something I heard about before: https://www.toegrips.com/ I also heard about these paw grips (which were not mentioned by her vet) http://pupgearcorporation.com/products/Paw-Pads I would be very interested in hearing anyone's experience/knowledge about these items. I tried the Woodrow Wear greyhound socks, but Twiggy just ate them, so they were a no-go for her, but may work well for others. Also, I've heard great things about the Help Em Up harness, http://helpemup.com/ so that may be worth looking into also. Unfor
  22. Aww, she is looking so good and happy! I would keep an eye on the red area though - I can't remember whether she is still on abx... Might not be a bad idea to keep some colloidal silver on it and cover it with a t-shirt (my vet's first line of defense when it was obvious Twiggy had an infection in her suture line)
  23. Tell her not to worry, she will be a champion 1-armed bed fluffer in no time! ...Twiggy, the champion 1-armed bed fluffer
  24. Fantastic! Sounds just like Twiggy! I taped a large non-stick absorbent wound pad to the inside of Twiggy's t-shirts in the most "leaky" wound areas. That really helped.
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