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About Scoutsmom

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    Portland, OR
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    Greyhounds, gardening, hiking, reading.

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    Ruth Curtis

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  1. It seems like it is generally new members/new owners that have the questions where the answer varies based on country,, so maybe require new members to at least identify their country.
  2. is there anyone nearby with a greyhound or just a nice dog? Invite the dog over and let it pee and poop in your yard. If your dog seems to get along with them, you can have a quick play date. Otherwise, leave your dog in the house.
  3. Tess says "Good going, Felton!". I also admire Felton's skill while being thankful we don't have bunnies around here.
  4. I may get flamed, but I don't think a dog with that high of a prey drive should be living in an apartment complex where he will be seeing small dogs regularly. You would need to be constantly on alert and attacks may still happen. Even a muzzle will not totally protect small dogs. I don't believe a high prey drive can be trained away. I think the dog needs to be returned. Somewhere there is a home for him where he doesn't run the risk of constantly seeing small dogs and cats. The fact that you say he is incredibly sweet and has been house trained will help him find that home. t
  5. I have a Kurunda bed, the XL size I think. It has a plastic frame, not aluminum. I've had it for years and it has stood the test of time. My current dog loves it -- she lays on it and surveys the neighborhood.. Others have been mixed, some liked it and some didn't.
  6. Sounds to me like you are doing everything right. The only thing I might suggest is when he is sleeping in his crate, bring in your healthy cat and sit down with the cat on your lap, stroking the cat. Winston will probably get up and come over to sniff the cat and that is fine. If he gets too excited correct him and maybe the cat will swat him. In my house, I have 2 cats and one dog. One cat lives in my back bedroom. She is very shy and elderly and only comes out when the house is quiet. The other cat generally lives in my bedroom and the kitchen. She only goes into the living to sit on the back of the couch and watch birds. My grey spends most of her time in the living room, except at bedtime when she comes into my room. So yes, dogs and cats have territories and they will work it out.
  7. Poor girl. what a horrible introduction to her new neighborhood. I remember when my Henry was new, the wind moved a branch on a small tree and he attempted to bolt. I landed face down on the sidewalk and broke my glasses, BUT I held on to the leash so he didn't get away. I think we all have similar stories. The big D is undoubtedly from stress. Just remember, this too shall pass and soon you will both enjoy your walks (although she may not want to go near that dangerous tree).
  8. Welcome Ankh and Ankh's people! My Tess (who also is fighting hookworms) says black dogs with white chests are the best
  9. At 14 years old, I feel that a dental should be the very last choice. But I'm not a vet. I've had lots of dentals done on my greys but never when they are over 10 years old. When my Henry,, who had horrible teeth, became an elderly dog, my vet just said it wasn't worth it. So I would look at all of your other options first. I would think antibiotics could be tried. If you do decide it needs to be done, I would not let a general practitioner vet do it. There are vets that specialize in dentistry and I would find one. They cost more but know how to deal with risky procedures. If the tests show cancer, I would consult with a cancer specialist before anything is done.
  10. You went much too fast with introductions and are very lucky your cat survived. Even though initial introductions went okay, you need to plan for at least 2 weeks and likely more before you can let the animals be alone together. A cat standing still is very different from a cat that is moving, perhaps running, and kicks off your dog's chase instincts. Remember that dog has been bred for centuries to chase and kill animals. Greyhounds have killed cats. That said some greyhounds learn to live quite peacefully with cats. I've had 8 that did, and 2 that I had to return as I just could not trust them with my cats. If you can't easily break the dog's concentration on the cat, it is likely hopeless. But if you can get them to look at you there is hope. There are several threads on here about introducing grey's and cats. Basically training consists of going very slow and making sure your cat has a place to escape the dog. I use a back bedroom. Initially the door is kept closed. I may walk the dog in on leash and muzzled to let him sniff the cat. After a couple days, I put a baby gate in the doorway. Next I will prop the gate up, so the cat and not the dog can get under it. If the dog ignores the cat, he is praised. If the dog acts interested, he is corrected with a sharp "no" The muzzle is still used if there is a chance the dog and cat may meet. Eventually they can meet when the dog is unmuzzled as long as I am in the room. The key to all of this is going slowly and making sure the cat is safe. If you have a cat with claws who will swat your dog, it will go a long way to teaching the dog to leave the cat alone. If you have a timid cat that runs, you will have a harder time teaching the dog.
  11. Of course there are other reasons for bloody diarrhea, the hooks are just the most likely cause. But it could be something like Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Hooks are easier to deal with.
  12. My dog Tess came with hookworms. These are not the hookworms most vets are used to seeing. These came from racing kennels in the south and are very resistant to being killed. There was a good article about them about a year ago in a veterinary journal on parasites. I don't remember the name. If you do google search for scholarly journals--greyhounds and hookworms--you will find it. We put Tess on Advantage Plus and Panacur. Each time she was given the Panacur she had massive bloody diarrhea and she spent several days in the hospital. My Vet switched to Drontal with the Advantage which was easier on my girl (and the carpet). After several months of the treatment we got the 3 clear months. My vet kept her on the Advantage Plus and tested her again in three months. Unfortunately the hooks are back, but not as many so we are doing the protocol again.
  13. Don't forget, in addition to outdoor beds, she needs outdoor toys. Indoor toys that go out, often get soggy and kind of gross, so they need to stay indoors and let the outdoor toys stay out where you don't really need to touch them. I had a girl that loved squashed empty milk jugs. They have that wonderful sour milk smell, and make neat crunchy noises when you bite on them, plus you can bang them against things. That's what she told me anyways. She would steal them from my recycling bin and the night before garbage day I would collect them from the yardand then she would start again with new jugs.
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