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Still wet behind the ears (3/9)

  1. Thanks everyone. Yeah my vet sent a detailed email to the hospital explaining why he thought she really needed to be seen soon, but to no avail. He is now on holiday for two weeks. I will ask him about additional drugs when he gets back.
  2. Two months, I've just been told, before we can get a neurology appointment. My poor dog!
  3. Thanks, yeah, that's what we'll do I think. Poor mutt. She doesn't like being left behind when I walk our other grey. But he is a crazy one and will just be a pest if he doesn't get enough exercise.
  4. Still waiting for an appointment with neurology. There is a big backlog in the UK especially for neurology, I've been told. We were bounced from a couple of hospitals straight away as the wait is too long. Hopefully she will get seen next week. Meanwhile, she has adjusted to the gabapentin and it seems to be helping. She is not crying out nearly as often. We haven't been told whether to restrict her movements or not. I'm not sure what to do.
  5. Yes unfortunately when she was in with this the last time I wasn't there, as the only appointment we could get was when I was unavailable. My partner took her in (it's his dog too), but I'm the one who makes these kind of decisions for her so he was waiting for my input. She will definitely need sedating as even though she's zonked, she's flickering and panting and shifting around. The vet she's with now is very good, we have four pets and I've been with that surgery for over ten years, but yeah I will ask him about codeine sulfate as the gabapentin doesn't seem to be hitting the head pain. Thank you!
  6. Thanks FiveRoooooers, good suggestion. However I just called our vet and even that will take over a week, as they are so busy. Covid has really screwed things up for us here. I have asked them to book us in for that anyway, and will keep trying for the MRI in the meantime. She's on 300mg three times a day of Gabapentin. She's quite small - only 26 kg. She seems a bit more alert on it today, and is doing a lot more scratching and rubbing of her left ear.
  7. Hello, we are having a difficult time getting a diagnosis for my 7 year old dog, Lemming's, issue. She started flapping and scratching at her ears a lot two months ago. Took her to the vet - they prescribed ear drops. They couldn't look in her ears as she wouldn't let them. Two weeks later, she's still doing it, so back in again. Diagnosed dental pain. She had 15 teeth out. Post surgery, she was still flapping her ears and now we noticed she was tilting her head a lot, and crying out in extreme pain. Assumed it was still dental pain as she recovered from the surgery, kept giving her painkillers, but then when it wasn't resolved after a week, we called the vets again. We got a more experienced vet who said it sounded like a neck issue. He was able to replicate the issue by pressing on her neck (I'm not sure where - we're not allowed into the surgeries here due to covid so everything is conveyed remotely). He gave us gabapentin as well as anti-inflammatories, and referred us for an urgent MRI (which we still haven't had, as it seems everyone in the UK has bought a pup and all the vets/hospitals are overwhelmed). She has a left ear that is continuously twitching. No other neurological signs that I can see. The gabapentin has knocked her out, but she still cries when she twists her head. She can walk normally except for the head lean. She is going up and down the stairs as nimbly as ever, was still up for walks (until we knocked her out with the gaba), her appetite is good, although she's more lethargic than usual due to the pain. No nystagmus or any sign of vertigo. When she had her teeth removed, they thoroughly checked her ears and couldn't see anything. She's not stumbling or having difficult coordinating movement. She ran into our glass back door 2-3 months ago. Perhaps she crushed a disc? Or could this be a tumour pressing on her spine? She is usually incredibly nimble for a greyhound. She is much more supple and coordinated than our other, 3 year old boy grey. It's looking like it will be at least until next week before we get an MRI. I'm worried sick about her. I've had her since she was 18 months old, she's a failed racer as she was too anxious. She is my sweet, little girl. Has anyone ever experienced similar issues?
  8. I can only speak for my hound, but she definitely prefers summer (except for snow, she'll make an exception for that). I would also say 2.5 months isn't that long in greyhound settling down terms. Looking back, I think ours was with us at least a year before her true colours came out. She didn't really say much up until then, and we just thought she was a silent greyhound. However now she barks at the door (handy as we have no door bell), chirrups when she wants food, sighs and snuffles when she's fed up or isn't getting enough attention, and does the occasional mad howl when she's hyper. One thing she is not is silent anymore! Nice to hear that racindog. Don't think we could foster cleptogrey, as we work full time and have two cats. If we were adopting then between us we could manage to work from home for a month, but we wouldn't be able to do that regularly.
  9. Hi 3greytjoys, thanks for the response. She definitely does seem to enjoy just being in the same room as other people/animals. It's rare she'll go off onto a room on her own unless there are no comfy spots left. What price is happiness? We could afford another one, and my boyfriend would be persuaded if she was more chilled out with company. She comes everywhere with us outside of work, so gets plenty of attention, and we try to holiday in the UK so she can come too. Our biggest worry would be our older cat as it's taken a couple of years of careful integration and baby gates before we got to the stage where they were all happy milling about in the same room together unsupervised. She has a reasonable prey drive but is very food motivated so we had to work at it for a while. Maybe it will be easier the second time around.
  10. Hi HeyRunDog, I'm in the NW UK so we'll be having similar weather. Every winter she is like this (and so are my cats), so I'm assuming they are just sensible! When I say 'walk' to hear she always looks out the window first! She has regular vet checkups and seems perfectly healthy so I just go with it.
  11. My grey is like this. She's five years old and we've had her three and a half years. The only thing that's changed since we first got her is that she now wont eat green things! Still pretends she's not had her breakfast/dinner to me and my boyfriend when we're not both there at feeding time, and tries to get fed twice. She is glued to me when I'm cooking in the kitchen, staring at the floor and generally getting in the way, hoping I drop something. I put a sofa in the kitchen just so I could banish her to it while I was cooking, now she sits there balefully waiting to be given permission to lick the floor. Her weight has been completely steady despite her very healthy appetite, so I don't worry about it. The advantage is she has been pretty easy to train. She knows if she doesn't harass our cats she will get to lick their bowls afterwards. She does all the tricks you could get a proper dog to do - sit, paw, down, up, fetch the ball, etc. And her recall is pretty good too. I'd be more than happy to get another food motivated dog! We've learnt not to leave any food based presents wrapped under the christmas tree, and to keep everything out of reach when she's home alone. She's pretty good at not eating any food on our table although I left my breakfast sardines on toast for a few seconds too long recently and she couldn't resist those. To be fair, sardines are usually her food, not mine, so I understand her confusion
  12. Hi, you might find it gets easier in warm weather. My grey is a nightmare for statuing in winter, especially if there is traffic. However, her enjoyment of being outside seems to override her fear somewhat when the weather is nice and she's much less likely to freeze up. We despair of her inactivity over winter and feel like she'll never go on walks again, then come spring she's bouncing around our sitting room demanding to be walked. We find she's much better when walked with another dog. Do you have anyone with a dog who could accompany you?
  13. Hi, thanks everyone for the responses! So, the conclusion seems to be, it depends! I think what I'll do is find some local grey trusts, and see if they have organised walks, and take her out on them. Then I can observe how she is with the other dogs, get some advice, make our situation known, and see if she builds a relationship with a potentially cat trainable greyhound who might be fine with long stints on the sofa while we are at work. Currently I can't see any rescue centre allowing us to adopt/foster straight up due to the working hours and cats. Thanks again for the advice!
  14. Hi! First time poster. I got my grey directly from the racing trainer 3.5 years ago (she's now 5) - she was a racing reject because she was so nervous and refused to leave the box. She settled in well with me, my boyfriend, and our two cats, and we've worked through a lot of her issues steadily. However, one thing we've not had much consistent success with is walks. She's a real clever girl and lies on the sofa evaluating what you are up to and wont get off the sofa unless she thinks she is going to do something fun/safe. It is difficult to walk her from our house as she is really noise sensitive and has a memory like an elephant. One speeding motorcycle or one gunshot (I'm in the countryside) or one noisy builder and she remembers that that route is no longer 'safe'. To get her on a walk I have to drive her to one of our 'safe' routes with no bad memories, and that's not practical during the week in winter as we both work monday-friday. She's much easier to walk in summer. It's the combo of cold, dark, and road noise that gets her. My question is, if we got another greyhound, maybe a calm male, would she be more likely to walk from the house? She loves other dogs, especially greys, and does seem to be very bouncy and happy around them. I don't know any greys who live nearby that I could borrow, I'm just basing this on encounters on walks. I pay for an experienced dog walker who works with our behaviourist to come round twice a week and they can't get her out at all, they just let her go to the toilet in the garden and read her books for half an hour! The other three days a week she comes to work with me, but that's about to change, so she will be at home on her own. We've set up cameras and recorded her several times and she just lolls on the sofa all day so doesn't seem to have separation anxiety. However, I feel bad as she is about to be on her own 4-5 days a week, so maybe she'd want another dog for company? Would it be cruel to get another dog when we wont be at home from 9-5 most weekdays? When we got her originally one or the other of us were always working from home but i now have to work from an office. My ideal would be walk both of them in the morning before work, get a walker for the afternoon if they want/need it, then I'm home by 5pm. Walk again in the evening. So, my questions are, do greys prefer to walk in packs and so is she likely to go on more walks (which she loves once she feels safe) if we have two, and would two dogs at home during the day minimise loneliness/boredom, or would it be cruel having another dog when we both work full time? Thanks for making it through my long and rambling post!
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