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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 longer as rock solid as he used to be with being able to hold it. Or maybe the weather, too, might be contributing. It's just shocking to see this kind of thing from him. Will still bring him to the vet for tests, since this kind of thing is a huge anomaly.
  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 both physiologically and behaviorally based. I will be contacting our vet in Monday to get him tested to rule out infection. But in the meantime, here's my question: we recently started putting water in Rocko's dry food to encourage him to eat. We don't fill up his bowl with water or anything, but we might be talking about as much as a half to a whole cup of water with each two-cup feeding (twice per day). Might we just be adding to much water into his diet, causing this whole problem? In case anyone's wondering, there are a variety of things that sometimes dissuade him from eating, but primarily it's anxiety over the fact that our other greyhound (Vicki) is the dominant one, and when she is right around the corner eating, Rocko is sometimes put off. We thought making the food a bit more mushy might make him more motivated to eat.
  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 serious bruising. I have to muzzle him on all walks. He is an affectionate, obedient, enjoyable pet on all other fronts. I have started him (about 4 weeks now) on a 40mg dose of fluoxetine (he is 80 lbs) and it seems to have taken the edge off the leash reaction. Over the past few months he has spent a lot of peaceful, even unsupervised, time indoors with a friend's two greyhounds who are not aggressive. When a slight mutual altercation begins he will never back down but will fight and attack until we clap our hands and break it up. About a week ago he unexpectedly punctured the snout of a new greyhound when they were introduced in a friend's apartment. Today he inflicted a similar puncture on the snout one of the very familiar dogs during a scuffle over an empty food bowl. This is a dog he plays with and enjoys being around. Does anyone have a dog happy dog with sudden and dangerous aggression to predictable triggers? Has anyone had positive results with treating aggression with fluoxetine? I love my dog but his aggression is dangerous and I sometimes think he'd be better in a situation where he never got exposure to other dogs."
  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 in mind. a single year is an incredibly long time.
  5. oh, vicki loves eating personal effects. typical targets include: lip gloss, sun glasses, hats and gloves, shoes, mint containers, pens, the contents of any openable bag stowed less than 5 ft. off the ground, condoms (don't ask), and anything else like that.
  6. this is just a compilation of various things she has destroyed, and its not all inclusive (i left out the holes in my leather couch, the A/V equipment, etc., etc.), nor does it represent a single day. she usually only destroys one thing during any given day, but occasionally there are multiple destruction events. when i was home sick a few weeks ago i observed what basically happens: she sleeps all day, but at around 2 pm she seems to wake up for her normal walk around of the apartment, and during about a 15 minute window, she just rampages, flinging all her toys around and looking for anything that might be fun to destroy. then she goes back to bed and doesnt move until around 4:30.
  7. indeed, i have instituted a new exercise regimen that has begun to curb some of the property damage. she is only 2.5 years old, and thus basically a puppy. i'm just glad shes finally stopped peeing in the house when she doesnt get her way (she is perfectly house trained in that she obviously knows to wait until we get outside to pee. she simply chooses not to sometimes, particularly after she is scolded). i have a crate for her, but when i lock her in it, she tries too hard to chew her way out, and i am worried that she will injure herself. in other news, i just bought a stainless steel spatula.
  8. . . .this expensive dog bed . . . feather pillows for my own bed (i.e. all my pillows) . . .kitchen utensils (not pictured: my two other former spatulae, and all of my wooden spoons) . . .this copy of At Home by Bill Bryson that my friend loaned me . . .I didn't need this trash barrel to remain in an upright position. Likewise, I didn't need its contents to remain unstrewn all over the rug (not pictured) . . .I didn't need this roll of toilet paper . . .ditto on this roll of paper towels . . . what would I do with this perfectly-shaped walking stick? Plus, who needs an antique rosewood table with any of its four ornately carved corners intact? . . .my Macbook installation software, booklet, and an SD card reader? DID NOT NEED . . .the neighbor's new puppy? To be honest, I have no use for it. Thanks for your help, Vicki!
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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 again after three weeks with a FRONT leg amp, so i'd imagine henry will be even faster on the mend. and i can only assure you that his time post-amp, no matter how long or short, can be just as happy and fulfilling as it was before. if i were to give unsolicited advice, it would be to really concentrate on preparing yourself for the emotional toll immediately following amputation. the first time you see him it will be hard. really hard. when you walk into that room, the first thing you might want to do is tell yourself that he is only going to get better. no matter how hard you prepare yourself, the scar is going to be shocking. this was the low point for me -- seeing the terrible results of the medical decision i had made for tempo. and the week after, when you are adjusting his meds and trying to keep him comfortable, you will almost certainly question whether it was worth it. but keep in mind that after those two weeks, he will recover beautifully, and by the time he's running around on three legs this spring, like nothing happened, you'll know you made the best decision.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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 friends at the animal hostpital. i still look back at the last day with a lot of sadness. but i can only imagine how much worse it would have been had that last day NOT been a good day. the vet was crying when he died, but tempo never noticed. it's very difficult, but it's the best for all involved if you can let them go a little early.
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