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NeedlenoseJake

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  1. I'm not sure about chondroitin, but for calcium they should get a good amount from their food and not need any additional. I am taking a biochem class right now and the most important thing I've learned so far is that we should all be taking Omega 3s! It can help reduce inflammation in pretty much all tissues.
  2. Jake is just over 3 months out of surgery for his broken leg. He still limps most of the time, but as you said it depends on the time of day. It's worse when he has been laying down and just getting up. I'm not sure how to tell if they're in pain so I'll be watching for updates... Edited to add that the surgeon said his bad leg might be just a hair shorter than his other one, so I'm not sure if maybe he will always limp
  3. We used to go to the dog park late at night when there wasn't anyone else there yet. It was great, except a word of warning- he ran into a bench in the dark and broke his leg! Make sure it's well-lit!
  4. He is doing SO WELL! Thanks! He is using it more and more and only really picks it up when trying to run (which he is NOT supposed to do!) We keep making him give us "paw" for things because it forces him to use his other 3 legs. Since the surgery he's been reluctant about it, but for a McDonald's fry he practically pawed my face off! He got a couple chicken nuggets (one with a pill but don't tell him that )
  5. This is what we do. We found a wonderful young lady who just graduated college. She still lives at home so for her it's a chance to be on her own for a little while and she's a dog lover so she likes Jake. He gets to keep his normal routine and we pay her the same or less than a kennel. Win-win-win!
  6. So I didn't get a photo (horrible I know) but does your dog go crazy over McDonald's? Jake has always been a beggar, but he is usually content to wait until we're done and politely beg for scraps. Yesterday we had McDonald's for dinner and I had to physically shove his nose out of my food several times. He doesn't do that with anything else, even other fast food. I don't know what they put in that stuff... Here's an old photo just because:
  7. As long as there's nothing medically wrong with him, can you leave him home for the second, longer walk of the day?
  8. Well lately he's been whining at 2am regardless of whether he's on the bed at all. But we started giving him rimadyl at night again (healing broken leg) and that seems to help. I don't want him to jump willy nilly, but he sometimes won't take an invite... he needs to DH to physically get out of bed
  9. These are italians but you get the idea... I think Jake is the one with the cigar trying to steal all the chips! Also a phoenix PSA- AAGI has a nail clinic at the old Phoenix track tomorrow. $5 per hound!
  10. So the funny thing is that I made this post a few months ago and Jake has since stopped waking us up... until this week! Great timing to revive the thread! http://www.allpetseducationandtraining.com.au/snuffle-mat-mayhem.html This is how to make a snuffle mat, except I used some rubber matting because I couldn't find that kind of mat they used.
  11. What time should Jake show up? Is it BYOB (Bring your own Bone)?
  12. Can she have the run of the house instead of just your room?
  13. I see Wash's "I hate you" but Jayne looks a little more like "I'm so pathetic please someone help me!"
  14. These things happen and it was not your fault at all. You took great care of him with what resources you had available at the time. I know this is probably not even on your radar right now, but I would refuse the charges from the e-vet if they did such a poor job that you had to get it re-done! Honestly I would call the clinic today and explain the situation and then stop the check or CC charge ASAP if they don't work with you. They have to know that this isn't the right way to treat pets and customers and hitting them in the pocketbook is the best way to do that. It might give you something to do instead of worry
  15. It sounds like she is already bouncing back! She will be doing 3 legged zoomies before you know it!
  16. I would think that if he does it when getting ear rubs then it is a good sound!
  17. We took Jake into the emergency vet one night for what we thought might be possible bloat because he was coughing and gagging but not bringing anything up. The vet took one look at him and said "not bloat" because he was wagging his tail and alert. He had bronchitis.
  18. I haven't been through this exactly, but we went through something similar a few weeks ago when Jake broke his femur. I'll echo what everyone told me then because it is so true- the first week will be bad, but it gets better after that. The peeing and drinking is normal and just let her go as much as she wants. If she is having a hard time getting out you can put pee pads down and try to let her know it's okay to go in the house. Jake got to the point where he would just lay and pee on himself which was awful, but he was just in pain The hard part was only about a week or even less for us and then he learned how to manage on 3 legs for awhile. Also he lived on canned food for a good two weeks. Good luck!
  19. Yay!!! We did an intro Barn Hunt class with Jake and he had so much fun and was very good at it! When his leg is fully healed we hope to do more.
  20. That's great! I think most greyhounds do well with the run of the house. If I were you, I would take down the crate unless he uses it still. If he is like my boy and never uses it on his own, but it away but keep it for medical emergencies. In that case, he'll probably be too out of it to complain much.
  21. Make sure your vet is familiar with greyhounds and knows what a healthy one looks like. I would be wary of her gaining "a lot of weight" especially on a smaller frame. We went from 77 lbs to 80 in our retired boy.
  22. No matter what you decide about a crate or babygating, you may want to leave more often, even just taking a ride around the block. That will show her that you always come back.
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