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  1. I'm interested in hearing about successful use of an indirect monitor for oscillometric measurement. I think that's the easiest method for non-vet people to use. It could be an instrument for human use, or specifically for vet use. My greygirl has white coat fear and, with covid, has not had reliable readings with our vet. Frequently, it's "can't get a reading."
  2. Hello ~ I know this has been discussed before, but I'm seeking updates from anyone that has successfully used a home BP monitor for their grey. My Molly and I say thank you!
  3. My Molly sheds 12 months a year, 24 hours a day, and has for years. This year her partly bald backside has filled in a lot, with longish hair. :-)
  4. Hi greydad92 and Spock! Molly says hello to her fellow P & P member! It's greyt to hear that Mr. Spock is doing well, and you are too ~ I would also not worry about the cataracts. Molly's 12 and has had them for years and seems to have no problems. As for the dental. Molly had one in Jan 2019 at age 11. This was her second at the same practice (IAHC in Bolton). The first one went fine, the second not so much. She's fine now, but was under for a reported 2.5 hours for a clean and single extraction. We were at the practice for 6+ hours, waiting and waiting, then she was brought out to us, very loopy, with no instructions, for another hour. At home, she recovered well, and ate well, but had peeing issues for months. We do brush and also use a dental gel but her teeth are not great after a year. If she had to have another cleaning, I'd look for a non-anesthesia dental (IAHC does them) and for a worse tooth issue, there's a dental specialist in Boxborough -- Stay well! We hope to see you guys at GF in the fall!
  5. 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!
  6. 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 ~
  7. 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!
  8. 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!
  9. Does anyone have recommendations for a cooling bed? For my grey's brother borzoi. Not a happy boy in the heat. Thanks!
  10. For my borzoi (my grey's brother) -- we use NuLeaf. Works well for him.
  11. 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!
  12. Sending the very best thoughts! Dentals are scary, but I think my girl's last one was harder on me than on her!
  13. 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.
  14. Hi -- Molly the greyhound and I live in Boylston MA --
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Forgive the length of this! My greyhound Molly is 11 and quite small (45 lb). We go to an integrative veterinary practice and her regular vet does not do surgery; in fact, outside vets do many of the surgeries. My girl has had previous dentals without problems. Her teeth needed a clean, so we scheduled one for Jan. 11th. I was allowed to wait during the procedure. She was scheduled for 8am and so we went. I was told at 8:45am that, due to her being a greyhound, with "notoriously dirty teeth," her dental needed to be last in the surgery suite. I could leave her there, or take her home and return at noon. So we went home and were back at noon (still no food or water for her). She was sedated and taken in. We were given updates by the surgical vet tech (whom I know, and works there). But it was taking an hour to scrape here, an hour to scrape there, and finally she needed a large molar pulled. At 4pm, she was carried out to us, still very loopy. In 30 minutes, she was up and walking. She was discharged at 5:30p. Some of this seems like just rudeness and poor planning (they knew Ms. Dirty Teeth had the 8am appointment!), and some like something else was going on alongside of her dental. I understand that emergencies happen, but no one said a word. I saw very little of the vet after the dental. My girl is now peeing like crazy (every 2 hours -- she can hold it overnight for about 6 hrs). She was on soft food for 2 weeks, it’s cold and dry where we live, and she isn’t getting out for her usual walks with the snow. But – am I missing something? Her two week follow up (different vet) was fine. I had her tested for a UTI (neg) and her kidney values are okay. Extended anesthesia? Any ideas? Thanks!
  19. My girl had lots of thin areas (neck, chest) that filled in after I got her home and changed her food. Now has some baldness on her butt, but is healthy ~
  20. My girl Molly has been sneezing and reverse sneezing a lot the last few days. We're also in the middle of a severe gypsy moth infestation in our area (central MA). The spiky caterpillars and their dirt are everywhere and can easily be sniffed up on a walk. Has anyone else seen this? I've tried to get a look up there but it looks clear -- thanks!
  21. We've used Answers Detailed for a number of years and really like it. Not the cheapest, but we get a decent break on buying it by the case. My grey and borzoi are both 9 and seem much younger, do very well on their blood work, are good poopers, and my grey is bunny-soft. Answers gets high marks from numerous food advisors (incl. Susan Thixton) and is pasteurized for safety instead of by high pressure.
  22. Any advice on flea & tick prevention? We're as holistic as possible and use a natural spray + essences to strengthen their immune system. The ticks persist. I don't trust that the Seresto collar is not toxic. Has anyone used the Mercola collar and products successfully? Thx!
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