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  1. Our 12 year old (but very fit!) greygirl has started to leak urine while sleeping. There are stress factors -- we lost her borzoi brother in February, so she is a single dog, and COVID-19 doesn't allow her much of her regular dog interactions. I won't give her Proin, DES or Incurin, but are trying the homeopath "Leaks No More" and VetriScience's Vetri Bladder Canine. Has anyone tried these? Many thanks!
  2. Poor Sweep and you too for not having your girl there at night! Gus, our borzoi, has had a behaviorist for many years (he was a wild, scared puppy!). She's also his reiki person / communicator and is convinced that his problem with the steps is vision. We'll be working on that soon, but in the last week, he's been on a minor hunger strike, which has us freaked. Seems to be improving today..... My greyhound Molly almost always insists on a second trip out to pee at night, knowing that she'll get another treat. And, last year when she had her teeth cleaned and a tooth pulled, she was under a long time -- in the weeks after, she was going out about every two hours. I had a UTI done, totally fine. It resolved and she's back to her normal second biscuit at night. I also catastrophize about everything and Molly is my first hound! Sometimes I think these dogs know us far too well! I'll let you know if the "improved vision" plan works, as soon as Gus is back to full eating. Hugs to Sweep! Molly is a fawn girl too ~
  3. Hello -- I just saw your post. We have both a greyhound and a borzoi -- it's our borzoi that's going though a similar issue as Sweep. He won't go up. The only way into our house is by the lower level and we have beige carpeted steps to the upper level. They are 5 steps, an 180 degree turn and then 8 steps. He will "bound" up the 5 steps, but rarely go up the 8 steps. Going down is not a problem. He goes both up and down outdoor steps fine, one by one, foot by foot (like his greyhound sister). He's 11 and has some back issues, but walks well, chases squirrels and is in good health. He gets chiro once a month. He jumps into the car without a problem. We've considered fear problems and also his eyes and the fact that the steps may all blend together, and will try taping them to make them more separate. Also working on back leg strength with step ups. Please continue to post how it goes with Sweep -- we're sleeping downstairs.....Thanks!
  4. Many thanks for asking this question!! My greyhound's brother, borzoi Gus (11 and 85 pounds), is doing exactly what you describe. Our stairs are carpeted and we have installed treads on top -- too early to tell. There are recommendations on Greytalk titled Recommendations for Ramps and Back-End Slings. I hope you get more ideas!
  5. Does anyone have recommendations for a cooling bed? For my grey's brother borzoi. Not a happy boy in the heat. Thanks!
  6. For my borzoi (my grey's brother) -- we use NuLeaf. Works well for him.
  7. My 11 year old girl raced at 51 pounds until she retired at age 2 1/2. Since then, she's been as "heavy" as 53 and as low as 42. Lately, she's about 47 lbs. My vet is not thrilled about this. She eats well (about half raw, half cooked), and is on twice daily .4mg of thyroid (yes, I know, she probably doesn't need it, but that has been addressed with my vet). She doesn't have as much of her racing muscle mass of course and is really not thinner than many I've seen. She's as active as any other grey zzzzzz. I'm giving her 1600 calories a day. Any thoughts out there? Thx!
  8. Sending the very best thoughts! Dentals are scary, but I think my girl's last one was harder on me than on her!
  9. Just an update that the peeing has improved so that she now can go 6 hours overnight. She's her usual self and eating fine. Her gums are a rather unpleasant red on both sides -- she had the tooth out on one side and a gum flap stitched down on the other side. I'm brushing very gently and using VetzLife Gel on her gums. Wondered if anyone has seen an adverse result with this? She sees our regular vet in 2 days. Her dissolvable stitches are still there after nearly 4 weeks. And we're having the blood tests redone.
  10. Hi -- Molly the greyhound and I live in Boylston MA --
  11. Hope it's okay to add in use on another sighthound -- the reason we adopted our greyhound Molly is because our borzoi Gus was very fearful for many years. We've been using NuLeaf for Gus for about 8 months. He's now at 5 drops, twice a day, of the 1450mg. Purchased directly from NuLeaf. Prior to NuLeaf, we used CannaPet capsules, but NuLeaf is easier to use. He responded to both products, and is much calmer. Still silly, but calmer. We didn't see an obvious effect with greyhound Molly. There are some helpful sites on Facebook for CBD too.
  12. Her kidney values were from her 6 month senior screen on Dec. 18th. She didn't have additional workup done right before the dental. The UA was done on Jan. 28th. And the meds she was given post dental were Gabapentin, Metacam and Arnica. She's rarely needed pain meds, thankfully, so I have no experience with previous reactions to them.
  13. Thank you both! She's been peeing extensively since she came home from the dental. And she's been drinking more water than usual since then, more than I can ever remember in winter. She had soft food for 2 weeks post dental, and it was more soupy than her usual food, but she's basically back to her usual food. To add -- she normally eats raw, which was not allowed for the first 2 weeks after the dental. Now she's on half raw, half cooked. She's also underweight (and lost weight during the 2 weeks post), so I've been giving her about 3% of her weight instead of 2% since the 2 week check-up. She was given no antibiotics after the surgery, only pain meds for 5 days. And since we got the results from the urine test the day after, I would guess it was a UA. There was never any blood in the urine that we saw.
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