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  1. Hi @EllenEveBaz Thanks for the message. We are 250 miles from Edinburgh, so we are renting cottages during the week. Fortunately we are both working remotely these days, so we can do this. She starts radiotherapy today. They did an MRI and CT scan yesterday and confirmed there is no evidence of macroscopic disease, so the RT is to further expand the clear margins with the expectation that her prognosis will now increase to years. This is amazing, as we were only aiming to get an extra few months with the initial surgery, but it went so well the outcome greatly improved. She is taking trazadone to help with her anxiety, but she actually seems fine. The cannula isn't bothering her at all, and she was happy enough at the hospital yesterday. Hopefully we can just plough through this month of treatment and then we can finally relax!
  2. Thank you both for the replies. Chemo for this type of tumour is pretty ineffective. As it's a rare type (in humans and in dogs) not much effort has been put into finding any optimal chemo therapies, and the type of cell doesn't respond well to traditional chemo combos. That sounds like the protocol they said they would follow, tbhounds. I think they are the UK centre of excellence for small animal cancer treatment and they have high tech kit, so I think we're in good hands. Lem is a very smart greyhound. She's anxious but very observant, and she learns quickly, so maybe she will get into the swing of things and just get on with it if none of the intervention has caused any immediate pain, which it sounds like it wouldn't, especially if she has a port for the IV. Yes Greysmom we've been so happy with the surgery, we were really expecting the worst, especially when we saw how bad she looked when we got her back. But each new report brings more hope with it. That's not my usual experience with cancer, so I don't want to get my hopes up too much, but we're very grateful to have our little girl almost back to normal again now, except for all her shaved patches. She's getting lots of attention out on our walks.
  3. As some of you already know, my 7 year old Lemming has a peripheral nerve sheath tumour on her vertebrae (C2 - so right up in her neck). She had debulking tumour removal to slow progression of the disease, but actually the neurosurgeon did such a good job, she completely removed the tumour with clear (small) margins (marginally excised), which is pretty much unheard of in this type of location. Lemming was referred on to the cancer treatment centre in Edinburgh, UK, where they have suggested a course of definitive intent radiotherapy to kill any cancer cells that remain, to further prolong her prognosis (which could be years now, instead of the couple of months we were expecting). This is all great news, except the RT program, due to the location on the nerve root, requires a gentle approach, so 5 sessions a week for four weeks, with short anaesthesia each time. Our girl is very sensitive, and hates intervention/noise/new people, so this is going to be really hard on her. She also developed facial palsy from the anaesthesia last time (potentially, although it may have been idiopathic). Has anyone put their grey through this level of prolonged intervention? Did they cope ok? How about all the IVs etc. She still has bruising and sores on her legs from the last round of cannulas, she licks the wounds for weeks later making them worse. If she was older there is no way I'd put her through so many anaesthesias, but at 7 I'd hope she'd be ok. Any similar stories gratefully received while we try to make our decision.
  4. My dog Badger is like this. He goes up to everyone, wagging his tail and sticking his nose in their crotch. By and large, everyone seems to love it, and I've been getting to know all my neighbours through him. They stop and give him a pat and have a chat. My other grey looks very standoffish and everyone ignores her. I feel sorry for her, she's very misunderstood.
  5. Oh yeah. I was going to add, both my greys are very active. One (age 4.5) would literally walk all day, and he goes insane when I put my running clothes on (unless it's raining). The other one (aged 7), demands four walks a day, even if it's raining. I have yet to experience this lazy grey persona! Maybe it's because mine had no racing career, and the other a very short racing career. They're certainly not worn out.
  6. Don't worry about it. Our first grey we adopted straight from the trainers at 18 months. They thought she might be cat safe but weren't sure. We were completely out of our depth but persevered, but it was a full six months before we took all the baby gates down. Our second grey was two and a half when we adopted him from the Greyhound Trust. They had done some rudimentary prey drive tests with a small furry dog, and he was disinterested. When we got him home, we took him straight out for a walk and he was going insane at the squirrels and we thought we'd made a mistake. However, after a week or two he took no interest in the cats at all, once he realised they were part of the pack. Now all four of them, the two greys and two cats, happily lounge around in the same room together. As more experienced greyhound owners, we felt more confident in what to do this time, but also, I think hound 2 took his cue from hound 1, which made it easier. Basically, as the others have said, she will find another home, and you can probably find another more laidback dog who takes the home situation more in their stride. You may need to be prepared to go a bit longer than a week or two, though. I think we took it in turns to sleep in the lounge with ours for a month or two when they first came home, as they weren't keen on being crated at all.
  7. Another update on Lemming. She's doing really well. It's two weeks since her surgery. I can't see any evidence of facial paralysis. She's getting out for short walks and is a bit uncoordinated but strong. But best of all, she seems happy. She's very enthusiastic about mealtimes, and starts chattering her teeth in anticipation. Her face looks normal - the look of pain haunting her has passed, and she has been windmilling her tail in enthusiasm for her short walks. It's so good to have our little hound back, even if it's not for long. We are going to book a cottage by the sea in September. She used to be terrified of the waves but now she loves paddling.
  8. Hopefully! We're just hoping this will have helped with the nerve pain. That was our main goal. Thank you for the harness recommendations, they look good. My boyfriend has bought a sling but I think those harnesses look much easier to use so will get one of those as well.
  9. An update on Lemming. She had a CT scan of her abdomen and other than the nerve sheath tumour it all looked clear. They operated on Wednesday and removed everything they could see. It was a gruelling 4 hour op, but she was stable. She's now recovering. She can walk but is very unsteady and uncoordinated. I presume that will improve over the coming weeks? We live in a three story house with steps into and out of both doors of the property, so not ideal. We are looking at getting ramps for the steps and making up a bed downstairs. She also has a one sided facial paralysis that is confusing our vets, and it's on the wrong side that they were operating, and also they were nowhere near any facial nerves in their manipulations. There was no evidence of other tumours on the scan and her ears were fine. It might be a permanent feature - she can't blink her eye. Anyone have any experience of living with this condition? It is the dog equivalent of Bell's palsy, it seems.
  10. I had this with my hound. She is incredibly anxious and the slightest thing would spook her, and she'd remember it next time and point blank refuse to cooperate. We got by by only walking her if she requested it herself. Then we knew she was in a compliant mood. Then after a while we adopted a big, stupid, easy going oaf of a hound who absolutely loved walks, and that excited her enough to want to join in. Then she turned into the bravest mut on the walks and would bark at everyone whilst wagging her tail, with her big bodyguard in tow.
  11. @macoduck That's good to hear. Lemming's tumour is incredibly painful so far, it's really hurting her, but we're hoping the surgery will give some relief and maybe when it grows back it wont be right into the nerve like the current one.
  12. Thank you everyone. I just wasn't expecting it. We both feel so awful, and don't know how we can live without her in our lives. We love her so much! I'm hoping this is just early stage grief and we can move on so we aren't stressing her out with our emotions.
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