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  1. Tracy you are correct. Thankfully my vet said the same thing--soft tissue injury. The vet had me walk Jasper up and down the hallway a few times to see if he was limping but he wasn't. Vet took x-rays, send them off to a radiologist who responded back within 2 hours (yay for digital x-rays!). Here is what the radiologist report says, (i can't figure out how to load photos so I just copy & paste the body of the report). The good news too is that Jasper is not limping at all and dare I say... the swelling seems to have gone down a bit. I am so relieved that my boy is OK. I feel like I can breathe again.


    HISTORY: limping since yesterday, moderate swollen on the left tarsus, the owner is concerned about a osteosarcoma.

    PELVIS AND LEFT HIND LIMB 15 November 2018: 8 images were available for review, lateral, craniocaudal and oblique projections.


    No evidence of chronic degenerative change is seen in either hip, the left stifle or the left tarsus. No abnormal soft tissue opacity is appreciated in the left stifle. A small amount of soft tissue swelling is suspected surrounding the distal tarsus and metatarsal bones, but no underlying bony abnormalities are appreciated. No tarsocrural effusion is seen. No aggressive bony abnormalities are seen in this study.


    No bony abnormalities are appreciated in this study. The soft tissue swelling visible surrounding the distal left tarsus and metatarsal bones may be the result of soft tissue trauma, but no underlying bony changes are seen. No aggressive bony changes are noted in this study.


    Consider a 10-14 day course of NSAID therapy and restricted exercise. If the clinical signs persist despite medical management, consultation with an orthopedic specialist is suggested for further evaluation and additional diagnostic and therapeutic suggestions.

  2. I am having a panic attack. My 8 year old Jasper, whom I adopted when he was 1 & 1/2 years old and was always 100% sound was running off leash this morning with my 10 year old greyhound. Nothing out of the ordinary, they run and play frequently. We walked home from the park, no lameness nothing off all day. At around 5:30pm as I was taking both boys out for their evening walk, Jasper came into the kitchen completely not putting weight on his left back leg. The area around the hock looks swollen and warm to the touch and looks considerably bigger then his right back leg. I gave him a 50 mg dose of Deramexx as of right now the lameness subsided and he is putting weight on that leg but the area is still swollen. We have a vet appointment tomorrow at 1pm. I am having a nervous breakdown and convinced it's Osteo. (having lost an 8 year old greyhound to it in 2012), I live in fear of this horrible disease and can't bear the thought of this happening again. Please think good thoughts for my sweet Jasper. I have been having panic attacks since 5:30pm, I am nauseous form anxiety and writing this post at 1:30am.

  3. U Pen has an excellent veterinary behavior dept. Sadly Karen Overall is no longer there but you will still get quality help.


    If you are in the Pittsburg area, Debby McMullen is a certified CDBC, her specialty in interdog aggression. She has written a book on multi dog households and behavior modification for dog-dog aggression. She is very good. https://www.pawsitivereactions.com


    Good luck.

  4. I am so sorry to hear about your girl. Having lost my beautiful Primetime to osteo in 2012 at age 8 was crushing, (he was the picture of good health and great personality until he got the dreaded disease). That's the crappy thing about cancer--it is unpredictable. It can effect any dog of any breed and at any age. I have known people who lost 2 year old dogs to cancer (and the same applies to humans). I too live in fear of osteo, any time one of my guys limps I have an anxiety attack. Gentle hugs to Beatrix.

    I'm truly sorry that this has happened to you and Beatrix. I know of at least 1 case of osteo (verifiable) in Spain and with the importing of dogs (Ireland) to beef up their galgo lines, it may only be a matter of time before the rates of osteo are relatively equal.

    I had no idea! Are they mixing in Irish greyhounds with galgos?

  5. Hi thanks for the reply!

    A & A is my regular vet. We take our greyhounds there all the time. However we already went there in Jan. for the neck issue and while it did resolve for about 2 months, now it appears to be back but effecting the nose/head area. We love A&A however our vet wanted us to see the neuro vet at VERG, they also have an ortho vet on staff and from past experiences they tend to collaborate with each other. I have a feeling the ortho vet will take a look at my greyhound. I like VERG and had good results with their specialists in the past. Plus they are much closer to us in Brooklyn then AMC. I just want to know what is going on and if it's manageable..... So worried.

  6. In the beginning of January Jasper my 6 year old greyhound was experiencing some neck pain when he would lift his head/neck from a resting position. Generally it was happening in the early mornings when he woke up but occasionally would also happen during the day when he woke up from a nap. He would yelp loudly in pain. He is actually a very stoic greyhound so when this occurred we became concerned and made an appointment with our very greyhound savvy vet (A & A on Long Island). The vet did a physical exam (no-x-rays) and thought the problem was possible arthritis, pinched nerve or some muscle pain in the neck. There was stiffness when he manipulated his neck from side to side.

    He put Jasper on Deramaxx 100mg for 7 days and then 50mg for another 7 days. Problem completely resolved. I should add my dog showed no lameness, he is very well muscled (no wasting), no dragging his back feet, teeth are great condition. Appetite is great. This was also the case when we first noticed the neck pain, meaning no other symptoms.
    On to what is going on now: Last week we noticed that he randomly cried out in pain when he would bump his nose against us—like when you accidentally back into your dog—he would cry out. It happened several times since last Thursday. We are pretty observant dog owners and it is very specific. His nose touches or grazes something and he yelps. It is not all the time—just on occasion. The other day he went to grab one of my gloves off the shelf and yelped again-which makes me think sudden neck movement and thus the sudden pain. This morning when my husband was petting him-he accidentally grazed his nose with his leg and our boy yelped again! This is “the” only symptom. Everything else is normal. He plays, goes on long walks, has a great appetite. We have two greyhounds and our older boy is not at all stoic-any little thing and he will let us know. Jasper can tolerate more. Which is why we are super worried.
    We went to our regular neighborhood vet last Friday (we have two vets—the greyhound savvy vet on LI and our local vet who is also good just not as greyhound specific) and he said that he still thinks this is a neck issue and referred us to a neurologist. We are seeing the neurologist next Tuesday. Also complete blood-work was done last week, and other then a low thyroid everything is fine (I don’t really care about the low thyroid, he is a greyhound).
    Has anyone had any similar experience? I am kind of freaking out. Thank you for reading!
  7. I live in the city, no back yard, two greyhounds ages 6 and 8. We walk for at least an hour in the morning and another hour at night, (excluding short around the block potty breaks in the afternoon and before bedtime). My boys also run off leash once to twice a week in an enclosed garden that allows this before 9am. We go to different parks, sometimes we go on hikes and to the beach--where they get to run off leash. My younger dog came to me with major fear issues and anxiety--clicker training has been very effective, he now offers behaviors in situations that would normally send him into a panic mode--outside, (his fears were all concentrated outdoors, he was always fine in the house). I can only speak for myself--being a very active person I don't want a couch potato dog and as long as they are healthy, enjoy being active and are physically able to do so--I am happy to provide them with much exercise. I have been lucky that all of my greyhounds were active-my Lance who passed away at age 14 still loved to run and go for long walks up until the last 6 months or so of his life.

  8. I think it's just the luck of the draw. I had 6 greyhounds over the past 20 years. Two passed away from cancer at the ages of 10 and 8 both boys were very healthy up until they became ill. Two lived to age 14 and 15 and had very few health issues (one had corns but other then that was very healthy). My current boys are 8 and 6. They are active and healthy, although this past summer my 6 year old had acute gastroenteritis which was costly because he had to stay at the emergency vet for two days. He is totally fine now. Also this past summer (this was a bad summer!) my 8 year old boy stepped on something very sharp (we were walking in the park not even running) and whatever it was cut his paw pad almost to the bone. He needed sutures and had to be put under for the surgery and was bandaged up for two weeks. That was also expensive. But thankfully neither of my dogs have chronic issues. They eat a raw diet, get lots of exercise, I live in an apartment so we go for daily long walks and some of leash running when possible. I am also one of these neurotic dog owners who constantly worries that something is wrong! LOL!

  9. Longevity and good health are obviously connected and good breeders strive to breed for good health & longevity, not just athletic ability that lasts for 3-5 years or a beautiful dog that has a slew of health issues. But this is a controversial subject. So in my personal greyhound owner experience I had 6 greyhounds including my two current boys:

    Corky: raced until he was 4 fairly successful. He died at 10 of hemangiosarcoma

    Lance: adopted by me at 10 months of age he ran a few races and was retired. Died at 14 back end issues/LS

    Henry: adopted by me at age 2 he barely raced. Died at age 15 age related/back end issues/LS

    Primetime was a fairly successful racer adopted by me when he was 4. Died of osteo at age 8


    My current boys are Onyx age 8 doing well and Jasper age 6 also doing well. Knock on wood! I am paranoid about every little thing.

  10. Hi SohoMercer,

    I am a New Yorker too, I have two greyhounds and had been a greyhound owner for the past 21 years (adopted my first two greyhounds in 1995). Yes some are just not suited for city living, but as a "veteran" greyhound owner and a NYC person, (I am currently in Williamsburg, which is pretty insane as I am sure you know!) and my two boys are perfectly well adjusted. What group did you adopt from? If you want to reach out to me in private, let me know and I will send you my contact info. Don't let this one bad experience ruin it for you! These are awesome dogs who can do perfectly well here in our crazy busy city!

  11. I also live in an apartment without a backyard and NYC gets hot and humid in the summer. We hate it. Anything over 60 degrees is too hot. We go to the park early in the mornings at around 7am and then again at night. And they get a short afternoon potty break and another short potty break before bed time. My boys are 6 and 7. One black and one brindle. The black one especially does not tolerate the heat.

  12. I don't know where in NY you are, but I am in NYC. We have an amazing vet out on LI. Dr. Friedman at A&A veterinary hospital in Franklin Sq. He knows greyhounds and their specific health issues better then any vet in NY. He is a diplomat of veterinary medicine, has been a long time greyhound owner and the local groups use him for pretty much everything greyhound related. Dr. Friedman has been my vet for 20 years-which is how long I have been a greyhound owner. And his advise has always been spot on. I trusted him with all of my greyhounds and never got anything but the best advise and care. Try him before you go anywhere else.

  13. Samwise-sorry this it off topic. I met you and beautiful Sam in the dog park in Williamsburg a few weeks ago, (I was out for a run without my greyhounds) and we exchanged numbers/texts for possible future greyhound playdates. Somehow your text did not go though! I hope to run into you with my boys Jasper and Onyx. Onyx is also out of Flying Penske which makes him Sam's half-brother! :)

  14. Another raw feeder here. Best thing I ever did for my dogs. My vet (actually I have two vets at two separate clinics) both support my choice of feeding a proper raw diet and whenever they see my dogs, always remark on how healthy and shiny they are. I agree about brushing teeth daily-check. Exercise and healthy weight-check. Non-smoker here but I do live in a very polluted city. Not much I can do about that, moving is not an option. Sun light-we all need vitamin D. I don't sit in the sun with my dogs for hours but they go for long walks and they run off leash which exposes them to the sun but also keeps them in shape. So I guess it's a draw.

    As far as what causes osteo--the theories abound. Genetics, luck? Who knows. If there was a way to prevent it I would be the first in line. If the vaccines that are currently being developed show that they can decrease the potential of our dogs getting osteo-sign me up for that vaccine. I have lost my heart dog to osteo at age 8. I did everything right. And he still developed this evil disease. Just try to live in "the now". Enjoy your dogs, give them what they need, have fun with them, love them and know that at the end none of us can outrun fate but to me it is the quality of life that I give my dogs regardless of how many years they are destined to live on this plane that counts for the most.

  15. My take on this is that your friend does not "need" this dog. She has plenty of things to take care of plus she is about to pop another kid, which means even less attention will be paid to the dog. The dog however, needs a better owner, someone who will give her a quiet, peaceful life and pay attention to her basic needs (like veterinary care, and whether or not she is eating). I have seen this happen so often when I worked at a shelter, perfectly nice dogs relinquished when their owners had a kid and decided that they have no time for the dog or any real desire to take care of the dog. As a few people already mentioned-maybe this person just needs someone to make the decision for her and have the dog returned to the group so she can be found a better home.

  16. I think it's an individual hound thing. My Lance whom I adopted when he was 9 months old was still very active at 13. We went for long walks, he loved to run and chase a ball and hike/run on the beach. Henry really started to slow down and was an "old man" by 10. He suffered from corns and had allot of mobility issues. He also lived to age 15 and Lance passed away at 14. My first greyhound Corky died of hemangeosarcoma at age 10. Up until he got ill he was pretty much as active as he was at age 4. Long walks, off leash runs in the ball field, etc. Primetime died at 8 & 1/2 of osteo. He was very active and very playful up until the diagnosis at which point I stopped most of his activities as I was afraid of a fracture happening. My current boys are 6 (soon to be 7) and 4 (will be 5 next months). Both are full of energy! We go for very long walks and my older boy runs off leash more then my younger boy. So in my opinion it's an individual hound thing. Just like some people remain active into their older years.

  17. I lost my first greyhound to HS. I opted for the spleen removal because the disease came on so suddenly (he was perfectly fine one day and then the next day stopped eating and was diagnosed that afternoon). He was also 10. I opted for the surgery because the reason he became so ill was due to tumor rupturing and my poor boy was bleeding internally, (again he had absolutely no symptoms until the day it happened). The vet told me either we do the surgery or we euthanize due to internal bleeding. I opted for the surgery. He stayed at the hospital for 2 days, I visited him the next morning and he was up and grabbing roast beef that I brought for him right out of my hands! By the second day he was walking around and was pretty much back to normal. I took him home and he was just himself for the next 3 months. That is how long we staved off the disease. But these three months were goon ones. It was spring time, perfect weather, we went to the park, I gave my boy tons of love and attention and extra treats and he was happy. I don't regret making the decision of going with the surgery, it gave me a chance to enjoy a few months with my sweet greyhound. But it is as bad cancer. I fear HS and OS in greyhounds, both cancers seem to be fairly common.

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