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About jaym1

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  1. Thanks, all. Vicki haunts him even when not in the room -- they are very attached to one another, but also locked in a weird, dysfunctional relationship! We have them separated as far apart as possible when eating. I'll make an effort to cut down on water in the food. If we add grated cheese (which we occasionally do), they go into a spiral of demanding ever more luxurious things mixed in with their kibble, and within a day or two will refuse to eat anything BUT food mixed with the finest sardines and cheeses and animal organs. But perhaps, too, Rocko is just at the age where he's not
  2. One of our two greyhounds -- Rocko -- is coming up on 11 years. He's definitely been gradually slowing down over the past year, but he is otherwise in remarkably good health, and got his last checkup just a few months back. Anyhow, starting a couple weeks ago, he has peed inside three times, which he has never, ever done in the past. This isn't marking, or leakage -- we're talking about large quantities -- and it usually happens when approaching the times when he normally goes out. I know there are many factors that could suddenly lead to such behavior, and that those factors could be
  3. Hey - I'm posting this for a friend. Our greyhounds are inevitably going to be spending time together, but there is this potential aggression problem. Any ideas? "I've had my 8 year old greyhound for 3 years. He was on the track for over 4 years before I adopted him. He is very good with all people but has very specific triggers that lead to aggression. He has very severe leash aggression toward other dogs, only non-greyhounds. He growls, snaps, lunges and will bite me or whoever is walking him. The bites are always on the thigh right at dog-head-height and through clothing. They cause
  4. closing in on what would have been the one year anniversary of tempo's osteosarcoma diagnosis and subsequent amputation. he has been gone almost six months at this point, which is to say that despite all the protocols, he only barely outlived the life expectancy for a greyhound who receives only palliative care. still, i am taken aback by how long ago it all seems, which only reinforces the fact that, had he even made the median survival rate of one year, that would have been an ocean of time with him. to anyone trying to decided whether or not amputation and treatment are worth it, keep that
  5. Keep in mind that while the pain can cause them to act that way, sometimes the various dosages of medicines can freak them out, too.
  6. rocko never noticed anything was amiss. it was actually pretty infuriating at times, because i occasionally felt like he was taking advantage of tempo's slow readjustment, but really he was just doing what dogs do. as to the surgery: i recall them saying i could take tempo home surprisingly fast. maybe it was on the second day, but i wanted them to keep him in. the insurance made that possible.
  7. just keep in mind the fact that the cancer has already happened. there's no getting around that, and nothing you can do to fix that. the question is only about how you will help him through it. since you have pet insurance, you can get him the full treatment, including amputation. because its in a hind leg, he should recover quickly and have a great quality of life before you know it. amputation is really the only way of removing the crushing pain of a bone tumor like this. the other option would be to simply let him go, and that doesn't seem like much of an option to me. tempo was running
  8. i just used my open laptop along with ustream. skype works, too. positioned correctly, its perfect for monitoring. for a rear leg amp with no complications i'd say two or three days post-op. if i recall correctly, tempo was in for four, including his surgery.
  9. unbelievable. the number of participants in this thread whose dogs go on to get osteo is shocking and beyond my ability to understand, if statistics are to be believed. im really sorry to hear this. let me know if you need any advice.
  10. But he had one night where he panted all night long. He didn't cry out in pain or anything, but he just couldn't sleep--despite all the meds--and that's what did it for me. that's what did if for tempo. i'm sure he still would have had some good times left, but terrible times were clearly coming. after two nights when he was up panting the whole time, i decided to let him go. because i did it a little early, rather than a little too late, his last day was beautiful. we went to the park and the sun was shining and i fed him two giant meals of his favorite food, then he went and visited his
  11. when vicki needed a urine test a couple weeks ago, i assume i was going to do this. but in fact that vet told me he would prefer an unquestionably sterile sample, and that they would get it themselves via needle. which is what they did, e.g., used an ultrasound to locate the bladder, and took a urine sample with a fine needle. it cost about $140 total. seemed like overkill to me, but thats what they did.
  12. i'm really sorry to hear about casper, and hope you can still have lots of time together. i don't want to discourage you, but i think it's only fair to hear both sides. if i were to do it again, i would not have put tempo through his doxorubicin treatments. we discovered his metastases on what would have been his 6th carboplatin treatment, and he received two doxorubicin treatments after that. he did no tolerate them anywhere near as well as the previous protocol, often losing two or three or even four days to exhaustion and nausea. if this had been earlier on in the treatment, i would hav
  13. the organization who did the surgery is in augusta, maine, which is about 170 miles from here. far, but somewhat doable. i am trying to find out about that now. it seems to be healing nicely. it really doesnt seem to be something thats infected -- it literally just looks like the very top layer of stitching or scarring let go. the scar itself has always seemed really taut and solid, so perhaps it just finally gave way? there have been a number of weird bumps, one of which is fairly pronounced, on and around her scar since i got her. my understanding is that some weirdness in this area can
  14. she was spayed on sept. 4th. she wont be licking it since she is still mostly in her cone from the corneal laceration. though even when she's out of the cone (under supervision) she shows no noticeable interest in it.
  15. so, i've had vicki for a month. in that time, she has already managed to sustain a serious (and costly) eye injury, which is finally healing. however, i just noticed that there is an odd wound/abscess at her spay scar. vicki is just two years old, and had her surgery shortly before coming to me. the wound itself almost looks like the scar has sort of separated, though its not deep at all. nor is it really bleeding -- it's more just raw looking. strangely, she doesn't seem to be bothered by it in the least. i just cleaned it and put some antibiotic ointment on it. when she sliced her cornea
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