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  1. He is booo-ti-ful. Love Roman noses and the tooth is the frosting on the cake. My girl hated her crate. She used it, at my insistence, for 2-3 days after adoption and then I got the hint. The crate was retired to the attic.
  2. Thanks RaineysMom for your prayers. I'm sending good thoughts to Zeke and I hope you don't have to do the endoscopy, no matter which end.
  3. IBD: I thought it could be detected via the GI blood work. When the results came in from Annie's blood work, my vet said her issue is not IBD as indicated by the results of the blood draw. Also, while Annie has snakey soft serve, she's not going any more often than usual.
  4. She's been on probiotics, though not recently. They've never changed her output. She was on Tylan. Did nothing. Today is the last day of a 7-day course of Panacur. I'm calling the vet to get another dose because the past two poos have been much better, though where it's coming from is beyond me because she's eating so little! In the past 4 months, she's had blood work done three times, the most recent one being the full GI panel. All her stats are normal. She doesn't like the Olweo supplement. I've tried that in the past and she walked away from her bowl. Haven't done any testing re allergies. If she has them, they are new. While she's never had bouncy poos, up until the past couple of months, they've usually been firm enough to pick up. I'll ask my vet about that.
  5. Thanks for your opinion about scoping. I'm sure that my human emotions are being transferred to what *she* will feel, which I know is stupid because she's a dog and has no idea what's happening. We know she doesn't have IBD because of the GI blood work that was done. Maybe she has developed an allergy. About 2 months ago, I did a week of low-fat, drained beef with rice. That didn't change a thing in her output. Then I did a week of chicken with rice. Again, her poo remained soft to soft serve.
  6. UPDATE on info below: Our vet said it's a possibility that the Panacur spoiled her appetite. It would be unusual, but, as she said, with Greyhounds who are picky, we should never be surprised. Today on our morning walk, Annie had an almost normal poo. Phewwww.... Today at lunch time Annie ate a cup of chicken & rice and half a cup of kibble. I didn't dare mix the kibble with the chicken/rice, so her bowl looked like a child's plate where no food touches another. I was so happy about her eating that I texted and called everybody I know! The vet has now prescribed Drontal Plus Taste Tabs (136 mg) to complete the deworming, if indeed she has parasites. I give one dose the next time she eats (could be today, could be tomorrow) and then the other dose in 10 days. Hopefully this will do the trick and "almost normal poo" will become normal for her. _______________________________________________ My girl Annie has always been healthy, except for her eye disease which was easily diagnosed and is controlled right now. Now, though, she has an issue, and I'm looking for advice, ideas and to find out if your dog has had similar issues. Annie is 9 years, 7 months old. About 3 months ago, her poo stated to deteriorate, ending up in very soft serve. She’s never had bouncy poo, but it’s usually been pick-up-able without leaving a mess. I bring a lunch-size paper plate with me and hold it under her when she gets in the position because what comes out looks like a long snake with the consistency of the soft serve mentioned above. There's no mucus, and it's not watery. Chicken and rice don't do anything to the consistency. There have been trips to the vet. She's had fecal tests done. It looks good. She's had a GI Panel done (at a cost of $340). Everything is normal. She was put on Hills ‘script food. It changed nothing. She had an ultrasound. It showed nothing out of the ordinary. She’s been on Panacur and her output has improved, but it’s still not great, and every other poo is still the soft serve. Her appetite is now way off. At first she liked the Hills ‘script. She ate it right down. Then she didn’t like it. I switched her to her original kibble, and she won’t even taste it. I’ve put a couple of tablespoons of wet food in with the Hills kibble. That worked for a few meals, and then didn’t. She likes scrambled eggs but that isn’t tempting her. Obviously she’s losing weight, and because she’s eating so little (in the past 36 hours, she’s eaten one full meal total), I wonder where the poo comes from! Her spirits are good. She does a zoomie or two in the morning. She still begs to go for walks. She runs up to her people friends when we see them on our walks. She’s up and down the stairs (I have a split level) with no problem. Treats are still high on her list of wants. I will be calling the vet tomorrow. When Annie had the ultrasound last week, the vet said that if the Panacur doesn't work, they will refer me to the GI vet at the local specialty vet practice where they'll probably want to do a colonoscopy, an endoscopy or both. Both practices are good (Annie goes to the ophthalmologist vet at the specialty veterinary practice) so I don't have an issue with either our regular vet or the specialists. I'm reluctant to put Annie through these tests. Thankfully I have insurance (through Healthy Paws) and am reimbursed 90% of the cost, so my reluctance has nothing to do with money, though I won't waste their money any more than I would waste mine. I'm concerned about the procedures being done on her. Any ideas? Advice? What do you think of the GI procedures that will probably proposed? Thanks in advance. P.S. I'm cooking up chicken and rice for her right now just to get something into her. Hopefully she'll eat it.
  7. Annie gets Vetprofin every morning. I wrap the pill in PB and put it on a small plate. Annie licks it right up. When she was getting three different pills, two of them twice a day, a while ago for poo issues, I alternated with PB, pill pockets and cream cheese. There may come a time when I'll have to open her mouth and put a pill in directly, but until that day comes, I prefer to do the way I think is gentler.
  8. I noticed that she has a cat and automatically assumed the group from which she'll adopt will have this info and match accordingly. My girl Annie has zero prey drive. Nada. Nothing. She ignored my cat (who has since passed away). She ignores the rabbits in the backyard and once walked right up to a rabbit in the backyard, that was frozen with fear, sniffed it and then walked away to pee. She ignores little yappy dogs. She is more gentle than usual around little children. IMO, a cat doesn't have to be an issue if the right dog is adopted.
  9. Just to add to the conversation with uplifting info. I have a friend who has a big, goofy male Grey who is blind. He came to the house blind so had to be taught in the dark all about the house. Most of the time, you'd never know he has no vision. They never move furniture around. They bought toys that, when rolled/tossed, make a continuous noise so he can find them. They made a path of carpet squares on the tile kitchen floor to the back door and on the wood floor to the bedrooms. It gives him double security of knowing where he's going as well as not having to deal with bare floors. My friend spilled something on one of the carpet squares in the kitchen and took it up to clean. Her Grey cried when he came to that non-carpet spot because he was afraid. She now has spare squares. :-) The most amazing thing to me is that he does zoomies in the back yard. They spent time with him on a leash, walking the entire perimeter of the yard, walking up to the shed, walking up to the back of the house, again and again. In no time at all, he learned the limits of the yard and was walking around by himself. It wasn't long before he started trotting, then running and then zoomies! My Annie has an eye issue which could lead to blindness. I tell my friends that if she does go blind, I'll be her seeing eye person and take her places as I do now, including our long walks. As so many have said, your boy will adjust and probably easier than you will.
  10. I hope Otis' vision gets no worse and the drops help. Aging is tough on all of us but we hate to see it in our dogs. As you know, my girl has a couple of issues with her eyes now, and though her vision is OK at the moment, if she lives long enough, I'll be a seeing eye person. She's 9-1/2 years old.
  11. She's beautiful! Love B&W animals. My 9-year-old fawn is also named Annie.
  12. Good advice above. Fortunately, my Annie chews on nothing, but every few months I dog sit the Greyhound of a friend and she *loves* paper: kleenex, newspaper, magazines, boxes, etc. The solution? I leave nothing out. I'd do this for any dog. It may be frustrating but it is certainly something that can be dealt with.
  13. I have one Grey, Annie. This week I'm dog sitting for another Greyhound, Penny. Annie loves the cold. Zero degrees? No big deal as long as she's in her heavy duty fleece coat. Penny, on the other hand, is not liking our cold walks. She walks fine, until she does her P&P, and then she turns around to go back. I walk them both at the same time, but drop Penny back at the house before continuing on walking Annie. They're all different.
  14. Does he do this only before bed time? If he goes out a lot during the day with your husband, he's had plenty of time to P&P and maybe has nothing to give any more, so to speak, and is telling you so. I've had Annie for 5-1/2 years. For most of these years, she has refused to go pee at night after 7:30. No way. Nada. Unh unh. I decided if she could hold it 11-12 hours, I wasn't going to force her -- as if a Greyhound can be forced. Now she likes to go out about 9:30 PM. Why? Who the hell knows. I mean really, Greyhounds are driven by their own internal controls. I'm saying that maybe he doesn't have to go out before you go to bed.
  15. Have you tried giving her extra attention? Perhaps that's counter-intuitive, as in rewarding her whining, but maybe she is expressing her concern that sometimes you leave, for long periods of time, and she needs reassurance from you that all is well. Just a thought.
  16. I too would be concerned about the amount of water he's drinking, but that's based on what my girl drinks, which is much less. She does, though, get water mixed in with her kibble. I have a fenced yard. Our schedule is, with times approximate because Miss Annie doesn't always go outside first thing when she deigns to get out of bed: 7:30ish -- pee, poo, pee, with a lot of sniffing in between because one needs to know if the rabbits came through. 9:00ish -- we walk 1.5 to 2 miles and she pees many times because she marks (I swear she forces it out because the last one to pee wins, don't 'cha know) and poos at least once, sometimes twice. 1:30ish -- pee in our back yard (and I set an alarm on my phone to remind me to put her out because she won't ask and I forget). 6:00ish -- pee either in the back yard or on another walk (in the winter, I don't walk at 6 PM). If I didn't let her out, she'd be fine waiting until later. 9:30ish -- pee in backyard. Pretty much Annie would go far longer between her out times, but I don't let her. Good luck. Let us know what the vet says.
  17. Question: I assume that the chain part of the half-chain collar is supposed to be centered in the middle of the back of the neck. Am I correct? Maybe even Martingale collars are supposed to be centered. Thing is, when I walk Annie - and she walks well - the D ring onto which I attach the leash doesn't stay in the back of the neck. It drops down to the side of her neck, so using a half-chain collar would mean the chain hangs in a tender place on her. Am I not reading this correctly or missing something entirely?
  18. Just curious because it's not clear: Is he muzzled when he is crated or just when he's out and about the house and you're concerned about the cat? I'm not a crate person generally but I know there are times when it's necessary and think it's up to the household to do what fits their needs. Of course, if a dog is continually crated or confined and muzzled, you'll never know what he is like being a regular dog. I think two months is plenty of time to give him more freedom.
  19. I Googled hooded vulva in dogs and got lots of hits. I too didn't know much about it and was curious.
  20. Nope. It's down 24/7. Annie could drink an entire bowl and hold if for 12 hours if she wanted to. I don't let her, of course. My girl is very routine oriented. She has an internal clock that tells her when she should go potty, and any time after 9 PM or before 7:30 AM is not part of her potty clock.
  21. How long have you had her? (If you said in one of the posts, I missed it.) Retired racing Greyhounds are known for having personalities that morph. It can take weeks or months for a Greyhound to feel comfortable enough, for instance, to claim the couch as her own. And it seems that just as soon as you've got it all figured out, she'll do something else that she's never done before. I've had Annie 5+ years and her personality and likes/dislikes are still changing. She used to be afraid of every loud noise. Now, other than thunder and fireworks, she doesn't raise her head from her bed for anything, but this change took over 4 years to occur. Kind of like death and taxes -- Greyhounds changing can be counted on to happen.
  22. Being on the furniture, including the bed, is a privilege and she has lost that privilege for the couch and frankly, I wouldn't let her on the bed either, for now. Her "it's mine" attitude will probably extend to the bed too and keeping her off now is necessary. Using a muzzle won't teach her that she can't go on the couch or bed or that it's not acceptable to nip at family. You'll have to teach her to stay off furniture by never allowing her on it.
  23. Always good advice on here. Time and patience will be your friend. Thirty days isn't long to be retired. She'll come around as well as change and morph into another personality as time goes by. My girl hates my umbrella, or at least it going up and down. If I need one, I go on the front porch, open it up, lay it down and then go back inside to get her, carefully picking up the umbrella on the side away from where she is standing. She still gives it (and me) stink eye, but she tolerates it as long as she doesn't hear that frightful noise just made to scare her of opening and closing.
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