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  1. I feed both chicken and duck feet. Always raw, of course. But I'll feed them defrosted, partially defrosted or completely frozen -- they good any way you give them.
  2. We run in baseball diamonds with other greyhounds. The diamonds are fully fenced except for the 2 entrances. We have portable 5' gates that we bring and install to cover those openings. Then we release the (muzzled) hounds! We run when it's cool so, at this time of year, the run would be at, say, 8:00am before it gets hot.
  3. Summer also sends her congratulations. She is very envious of Conrad's mad skillz. Normally, she manages to rustle up a few "yard meals" every spring but she's now 10 and just that little bit slower. She'll happily help Conrad dispose of his catches, though!
  4. Not quite what I was expecting to see, either. LOL! My girl would have had that bunny caught, dispatched and down the hatch before sweet Hester even got into a trot.
  5. I'm so sorry. That was a wonderfully written (and pictured) tribute!
  6. Is it a huge dose? Can you use one of those syringes that you use with Metacam? Those are great for squirting liquid down the back of the throat. I see that it can be irritating and needs to be taken with food... but can the meal not be eaten immediately afterwards?
  7. I just use a store brand -- cordless and variable speed. And I used this document as a starting point: Doberdawn BTW, I also do have clippers that I used before I discovered the glory of the rotary grinder. My lab cross had much thicker nails than my greyhound and I had no difficulty with cutting them -- are you using a good quality pair of sharp scissor-type clippers? If they are good, then your "girl strength" shouldn't be an issue.
  8. I have never dealt with this type of situation so, regrettably, I have no advice. The only thing I can say is that I would immediately stop visiting the nursing home. You can't take an unreliable dog into a therapy dog environment, it's not fair for the dog, you or the residents. Good luck with everything!
  9. You may find this article on Greyhound Crossroad's website useful.
  10. Annie might like the cooling bandanna, then. At least it would help somewhat. And since it's on her neck like a collar, she shouldn't mind it. Here's an example: Amazon Chill-It.
  11. There are also cooling bandannas. I have a few of them. They aren't anywhere near as effective as the cooling coat. I usually end up wearing the bandanna and Summer wears the cooling coat. But if you put on the bandanna snug enough to keep in contact with those wonderful large vessels in their throat, it does offer some help. Even better if you have one of those dogs who have no hair on the front of their throats, LOL. But again, they aren't as good and warm up a lot faster.
  12. Here's a link you may find useful. http://greyhoundcrossroads.com/index.php?page=weight
  13. This may be helpful. http://greyhoundcrossroads.com/index.php?page=weight
  14. That's a crazy amount. My girl only gets 1 1/4 cups with water for breakfast (350 calories) and 1 can of moist for dinner (another 500-550 calories) with salmon oil. Then a few dehydrated treats during the day. Raced at 64 lbs. and currently weighs 68 lbs. But rather than the number on the scale, I prefer to go by how she looks and feels. Whether your dog is above or below racing weight in her retirement, it's more about her condition.
  15. I have one of those, too, and I only ever use it after a bath, like a robe. Those things are horrible. I know one vendor who makes dog apparel who refuses to make those, even when requested, because she had one of her customer's dogs DIE wearing it.
  16. Jen, here's what I pulled from their website. I know, even an hour or more after I put this on her, if I stick my hand underneath, it's cool and dry. I love that she's comfortable and I also love that her fur is dry. I can take the cool coat off and she can go straight into the van, up on a bed, wherever. ---- MustLuvDogs® Cool Coats® use a process of evaporative cooling. Our coats are constructed from an incredibly soft lightweight chamois material which provides easy and effective cooling relief. This specialized high tech fabric is constructed of three layers to provide maximum cooling. The coat is water activated. It absorbs and retains water to provide instant cooling for your dog. No chemicals, ice packs, gels, beads or refrigeration are required.To activate the cooling process, simply soak the coat in cold water for a few minutes, ensuring the coat is completely wet and has absorbed all the water. Gently squeeze out excess water then position the coat on your dog. The coat will feel cool to the touch yet your dog will remain completely dry underneath. This will keep your dog cool and comfortable. You might be asking why does evaporation cause a cooling effect? When water or sweat evaporates it takes heat away from its surroundings. The heat from your dog’s body is absorbed into the coat and then evaporates through the coat into the air. Overall it has a cooling effect. How long do the coats stay cool? On average, our coats stay cool for up to three hours or more without having to be rewet. Remember, each dog is unique – just like people. What is the average amount of cooling to expect? When wearing a Cool Coat®, the dog’s outer body temperature is reduced on average by 15 to 20* degrees. The range may be more significant with dark or black dogs. *As tested with a Raytek® Laser Infrared Thermometer. How do I maintain Cool Coats®? When you take the coat off your dog, hang it up to dry. Cool Coats® will dry stiff – this is normal. When you soak the coat in cold water, it will become soft and supple again. Please note: Do NOT use the coat dry. To reactivate the cooling process, simply rewet the coat when dry spots appear. This will provide extended cooling. Note: I’m still using the coats from 2007 that I made for my dogs. If you treat them with care, they will last for years. Cool Coats® are an investment in your dog’s health and wellness.
  17. I have never used that particular model but a lady in our therapy dog group has them for her Papillon's and she loves them. I use this: MustLuvDogs. I have put it on her after a greyhound playdate and she cools down almost immediately, right to no longer panting. It's invaluable to me when I'm camping.
  18. I'm glad it's working for your boy! Summer fell at a run one day and slid on her back. A couple of weeks later, she started holding up a hind leg when she ran, so she was running on 3. I took her to a recommended chiropractor and she fixed it right up. Now we go for regular "tune ups" and I think it's great. I also went to Summer's chiropractor and was very pleased with her -- I prefer women as I just find them gentler, even when they are performing the same action.
  19. I have a small Outward Hound bowl under the driver's seat and a refillable plastic bottle of "dog water" that I keep in the door. I keep a small bag of treats under the seat, too. My girl will happily drink and eat anywhere, including in the van.
  20. Summer had a dental in December. The price for the dental was about $450 and she had 5 extractions (3 lower front incisors and 2 upper 4th premolars). The bill was $1100 something. Her insurance covered the extractions.
  21. I'm trying Trifexis for the first time this year. I am really hoping that she doesn't have any reaction.
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