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  1. I am so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful character George was. Thank you so much for sharing the joys of living with him. George - travel well you handsome fella! We miss you.
  2. Thanks cleptogrey, I'll check this group out. I picked Sylkie up from the adoption kennels last Saturday and she's been settling in well. As it turned out, her pannus had been diagnosed really early, before there was any impact on her sight, which is great. Four or five of her nails are just stubs but apparently her previous owners didn't realise the loss of a nail every now and then was anything out of the ordinary... Sylkie has obviously been very well looked after and very much loved - her owners had to give her up when they moved into a retirement home. She's settling in very well here with our other two greys and our cat, particularly as she's lived as an only dog for nearly six years. Thanks again for your responses. Jane.
  3. Thanks so much for your replies. It is looking like it's a bit unusual (and unlucky!) for a grey to have both pannus and SLO. I will be collecting the lovely lady - Sylkie - tomorrow morning, and will most likely put her straight onto fish oil and vit E. I'll take her to see our vet, for an opinion on the seriousness of the SLO and any further support such as niacinimide. Hopefully, he can also tell us whether I need to have an eye specialist check the status of her pannus and meds. I'm very excited. I have a special love of the elderly and/or special greys and am hoping that Sylkie is comfortable in our little pack. Will also check out the SLO group - thanks Neighsayer. Thanks again, Jane.
  4. Hi there, I'm looking at adopting a seven year old female who apparently has two autoimmune conditions - pannus and SLO. She is a "return" to the adoption program and they are not sure whether she has been treated for the SLO in the past. She is currently treated with daily eye drops for the pannus. Does anyone out there have a grey suffering from both conditions? And I'd love to hear your treatment stories of success or otherwise for the SLO, both veterinary medicine and alternative support. For instance, has anyone out there tried the bio-algae supplement for SLO? Many thanks, Jane.
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    I am so sorry for your loss. Run free beautiful Jet.
  6. I am so sorry to read that your gorgeous little Jabari is gone. Thank you for sharing all the lovely stories about him over the years. God speed little one.
  7. Our Girlie had a uni-lateral tieback at 13. It was a matter of life or death for her. Best thing we could have done for her. She recovered well and strongly from the surgery. The one-side only tieback apparently greatly reduces the risk of aspiration.
  8. Hi all, I think this may well be my first question in this section...here goes. I have read much discussion about the use of depo-medrol and other treatments for Lumbosacral Stenosis. My question is for our 13 year old Maggie. A bit of history first (sorry, please bear with me). About 18 months ago, Maggie was x-rayed for a combined Pennsylvania Uni / Australian Greyhound Vet Association study into the prevalence of hip arthritis in greys. Maggie didn't have any hip arthritis, but the vet who took the x-ray commented that she appeared to have the beginnings of LS - at the time the only symptom I could match to this diagnosis was occasional stiffness in the lower lumbar area over the years - resolved with manipulation and occasionally a short course of anti-inflams. Fast forward to about three weeks ago, and Maggie suddenly developed quite serious urinary incontinence (while lying down and/or sleeping, not while standing). She was put on Stilboestrol and remains on a high dose. This hasn't completely stopped the incontinence, but she has had some intermittent "dry" periods. At the same time I had told this (different) vet about the earlier possible LS diagnosis. About five days ago, Maggie started displaying increased LS symptoms - back end weakness, stumbling, dragging back feet, increased huffing and puffing and looking like she was in pain. This coincided with another "outbreak" of incontinence (she had been "dry" for the two days previous). At the vet's suggestion she has commenced a course of daily pain/anti-inflam medication - one of the newer ones, can't remember its name. Maggie dried up for approximately 36 hours immediately on commencing the pain relief, then (less severe) incontinence started again. She has gained some physical relief from the medication, but its efficacy - if anything - is already showing signs of having reached a plateau, or perhaps even decreasing. I have read up on the dorsal laminectomy surgery and it sounds like, because of the incontinence, there is a high likelihood that this would be ineffective. I have next read up on depo-medrol injections. My question is (finally ): Could those of you who have tried the depo-medrol injections for their greys, please tell me whether or not your grey was incontinent from the LS also? Did the depo-medrol help resolve the incontinence as well, or was there no effect on this? I am concerned to move quickly on this, because it seems that if the incontinence becomes chronic ie. for several weeks or more, it is not possible to resolve it. Thanks in advance for your advice! Regards, Jane.
  9. I am so sorry. My deepest condolences. Run free Zeus. At peace and free of pain.
  10. I'm so sorry. Godspeed beautiful Zema.
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    I'm so sorry to read that the gorgeous Riley is gone. My deepest condolences. I can't believe how many years have passed. My thoughts are with you.
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    My deepest sympathy to Annie's family. Godspeed sweet gal.
  13. I'm so sorry. Godspeed Cougar
  14. My sympathy and condolences to Reuben's family. Godspeed handsome fella.
  15. I'm so sorry for the loss of your gorgeous Annie. Nearly 14 is a wonderful long life for her, and you obviously loved her dearly. My heart goes out to you.
  16. I'm so sorry for your loss. Your last, loving gift to your precious Cali was a peaceful, gentle passing. I hope that, and your many memories of her bring you comfort.
  17. Godspeed Windwalker Gryf. May your many wonderful memories of Gryf bring you strength and comfort.
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    Such a precious girl. I'm so sorry. Rest in peace Isis.
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    Celebrating Lily

    I'm so sorry. Godspeed Lily. Thank you for opening your heart to another rescue grey.
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    Fabled Feet

    My condolences to Miss Fifi's mom and family.
  21. What a beautiful girl. You have some wonderful memories - I hope they bring you joy and comfort. RIP Maggie.
  22. Such a lovely tribute to a special girl. I'm so sorry her time with you was so short, but for Piper it was forever. You gave her the precious gift of love and a piece of your heart to take with her to the bridge. Godspeed Piper.
  23. I'm so sorry for the loss of your beautiful, very special girl. So many wonderful memories - I hope they bring you comfort.
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    Honey Velvet

    Such a beautiful girl. Now a beautiful angel.
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