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    Alicia Clark

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  1. Welp, here's what we found out from the ultrasound. The bladder, prostate, and urinary tract all looked fine. They were able to get a sterile sample of urine, which was visibly very bloody. The major concern is that his spleen was enlarged and had multiple nodules. This could be an incidental finding, but strong possibility of hemangiosarcoma. They took some cells from the spleen and sent them out to pathology. We should get the cytology and pathology results back within a week. If we're looking at splenic hemangio, the vet estimates he'll have six months or less (even with aggressive treatment). We'll most likely move forward with a splenectomy to eliminate the possibility of a rupture. After that, it will probably just be palliative care. Just going to take it day by day for now.
  2. Well, unfortunately, the RBCs in Truman's urine were back up in the 100's at the recheck. Vet didn't seem so optimistic this time. He's having an ultrasound today with a cystocentesis/urine culture. Trying to stay positive, but I have an overwhelming feeling of dread. Asking for good vibes for my boy.
  3. We went back this week for Truman. The blood in his urine decreased by about half (yay!) but it's still lingering in the 50's, which is still high. We switched the antibiotics from Cipro to Baytril. The vet feels confident that we're on the right track and improving. I asked her directly, if she thought it was a neoplasia, would she have expected to see any improvement in response to the antibiotics. She didn't think so. I hope that's good news. We're going to do another two weeks on Baytril and re-check the urine. If there's still a lot of blood, we'll move in the direction of urine culture by cystocentesis.
  4. Thanks for chiming in, guys. He actually does seem to be improving on the antibiotic. He's been making it through the night without accidents, so hopefully that's a good sign.
  5. He was put under for a prostate exam and x-rays on Wednesday. The prostate was reportedly a little enlarged. No stones or obvious masses seen on x-ray. The working diagnoses right now is prostatitis. It's not super common for a neutered male to have a prostate infection, but stranger things have happened. She's going to try him on a two week course of Cipro and repeat the urinalysis then. If there's still high amounts of blood, the plan is to move forward with urine culture, ultrasound, and FNA of the prostate. Really keeping my fingers crossed that it's anything but cancer.
  6. Hi guys. It has been a while since I’ve been on GT. I am hoping you can help me with a medical question. My 9-year-old AKC greyhound, Truman, was at the vet last week. I’d noticed he was acting a little more grumpy than usual, a little slower to get up, and having pee accidents at night. Didn’t think too much of it- maybe some arthritis, as the weather is getting colder, and he had a major neck surgery some years ago. My puppy is almost an old man. Bloodwork was fine, but the vet called today with urinalysis results. Red blood cells were about 5x what the reference range for normal should be. The sample was done by clean catch, so there really shouldn’t have been any blood. She mentioned some possibilities including bladder stones or bladder/prostate cancer. I am in the process of requesting the actual test results. He’s a nervy dog to begin with, so we’re scheduled to have him anesthetized for further testing including prostate exam and x-rays. In the meantime, I am worried sick. Anyone have experience with this issue in greyhounds?
  7. Happy Happy birthday!!! :airmail

  8. Hi everyone! My name is Alicia, it's been years since I've been active on GT. I came here on a whim today and was happy to see so many new members, but also so sad to see many pups who have passed. In the time I dropped off from GT, life has changed so much! Sterling and I got married, bought a new house, had a baby, and grown Wetherby's immensely. Our two hounds, puppy Truman (8-years-old now) and Wolfgang (5-years-old) are still with us and doing great. [Folks often recognize Truman at events, and I am happy to report he is still grumpy as ever, and makes his presence known everywhere we go.] We also have a very special Oriental cat named Chippy, who is equally grumpy and full of sass. I am very excited to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. Once I figure out how to attach photos, I'll share a few of our family.
  9. I'm in the market for a popup ex-pen for Truman to use when we're at events. Need it to be: Tall enough to accommodate Truman Not very see-through (T-man is dog reactive) Have a top or a sun-shade, something to shade him in hot weather Easy to transport I'm thinking about something like this... anybody have feedback?
  10. Dog is 2-years-old. Anyone hear if this affects PA?
  11. One of my friends just adopted a new greyhound. When she went to sign him up for a plan with Healthy Paws, the only option given was for a plan with 70% co-insurance and a $500 deductible. She called, and customer service stated that currently that is the only plan they are offering for purebred greyhounds. Is there a second choice pet insurance company that folks have had good luck with? Specifically, she wants to make sure that the plan doesn’t roll over from year to year, causing previous claimed medical incidents to become pre-existing conditions. She also wants a plan that reimburses dollar for dollar what the vet charges- not on a national or regional average fee schedule. Thanks in advance! (I haven’t been on GT in awhile, but I knew this was the best place to ask.)
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