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  1. The first greyhound I lost was a similar situation. He had been coughing the night before overnight, so I dropped him off at the vet for chest rads the next day. Rads seemed to be clear. He collapsed when I went to pick him up from the vet. His BP was all over the place and he seemed to be struggling, so we let him go. I strongly suspect he threw a clot in his lungs (pulmonary thromboembolism) knowing what I do now (meaning after years of greyhound experience and vet tech experience). I have since lost two more greyhounds to blood clots, more than I've lost to osteo. Greyhounds are prone to
  2. Pics of cart: https://photos.app.g...GrfWRzXAZooA976 https://photos.app.g...gn72fYjvhbzxPW7 https://photos.app.g...yQPSPnzAtFoHFQ8
  3. I will be at GiG on Saturday, and will be looking to sell my greyhound cart. We are getting rid of everything and traveling in an RV full time, and the cart simply won't fit in the RV. I will have the cart with me at GiG on Saturday, April 27 (only day I can go), and would very much like to not go home with it. Cart is 2' wide and 4' long and fits even the largest greyhound comfortably. Crib bumpers, canopy, and crate pad are included. Canopy/netting is removable. Feel free to PM me for more information. https://photos.app.goo.gl/fQGrfWRzXAZooA976 https://photos.app.goo.gl/5dgn72fYjvhb
  4. I am looking to sell my greyhound cart (as seen at GiG last year). We are getting rid of everything and traveling in an RV full time, and the cart simply won't fit in the RV. I will have the cart with me at GiG on Saturday, April 27, and would very much like to not go home with it. Cart is 2' wide and 4' long and fits even the largest greyhound comfortably. Crib bumpers, canopy, and crate pad are included. Feel free to PM me for more information.
  5. We (neurology) put patients on it for the rest of their lives (which is often at least several years) for a specific condition called COMS/syringohydromyelia.
  6. Silverhawk Tyler goes back to Old Blue
  7. Be aware that if it is diskospondylitis, the average time for antibiotic treatment is 54 weeks, since treatment is continued until the radiographs are clear. The neurologists I work with use C reactive protein (CRP) to help with diagnosis and then to help them determine when to stop the antibiotics; generally our patients can stop antibiotics after about 4 months based on the CRP value. C reactive protein is a blood test - about 0.5 mL of serum is sent to Jorg Steiner at Texas A&M GI lab. A value of over 7.6 g/dL is considered abnormal, and indicates inflammation. The CRP is not specific t
  8. http://www.geac.ufv.br/n52006-Neuromuscularmanifestationsofhypothyroidism.pdf http://veterinarymedicine.dvm360.com/hypothyroid-associated-neurologic-signs-dogs http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1939-1676.2006.tb00752.x/full http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1939-1676.1994.tb03245.x/full In my brief glance through those articles, I'm not seeing anything that specifically mentions a link between hypothyroidism and what you are describing, but I'll keep looking, and if we have time between appointments tomorrow, I'll ask my neurologists.
  9. From NeuroPetVet, written by Dr. Mark Troxel, one of the big names in veterinary neurology... HypothyroidismHypothyroidism is one of the most common endocrine disorders encountered in dogs. The reported incidence ranges from 0.2 to 0.8% of the canine population. Clinical hypothyroidism results from low triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4), the active thyroid hormones produced by the thyroid glands. Primary hypothyroidism accounts for 95% of cases and is most commonly due to lympocytic thyroiditis or idiopathic thyroid atrophy. There are many other reported causes, but the incidence is
  10. You got it. I'm heading out for the day, but I'll start working on it later this evening.
  11. While I have not yet seen a greyhound with hypothyroid-induced neurologic signs (but I've only been a neurology tech for just over a year now...), I was surprised to learn that our neurologists will run a Michigan State thyroid panel on dogs that present with vestibular disease, and other neurologic signs that don't have an obvious cause. Most thyroid panels will come back normal, but some don't, and the dogs usually do better once thyroid supplementation starts. I'd be happy to pull together references, if you're interested.
  12. Ooh, I might have questions later, then, and see if my neurolocalization is correct...
  13. Hrm. Wish I had seen this yesterday. Sure looks neuro to me, and dogs with a neck disk can certainly show that hunched back posture. I will be curious to see what the neurologist says. 12:30 is not a normal "new" appointment time for us at BVNS, so I assume you are going elsewhere and I won't get to see you and her at some point in the process... (but then again, I didn't look too closely at today's schedule before I left yesterday, since today is my day off... )
  14. The veterinary pain management community is certainly very excited by the apparent safety of this drug. But as someone pointed out, similar to Rimadyl, we are not likely to see any potential significant adverse effects crop up until there are thousands of dogs taking the drug. In a brief review of the comments in the Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds group, the biggest concern that has been seen so far is two dogs (of ~100) losing their appetite, which is mentioned as a potential side effect on the package insert. I think it is worth a try. Based on the commentary from the pain management g
  15. The new anti-inflammatory is called Galliprant. We don't carry it where I work, but I have heard that it is expensive (which makes sense, since it is a new drug with no generic equivalent). https://www.elanco.us/galliprant/vet/
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