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  1. We have a foster boy who is hook positive and developed acute HGE within 48 hours of arriving. He got so sick so fast that he has spent the past 2 nights at the ER vet. Hope to pick him up today. When the diarrhea got bad, we just followed behind him with a Kroger plastic bag and caught the mess. Tied it up and threw it in the outdoor bin. Worked like a charm.
  2. Thanks all. I am very encouraged by everything that has been shared. We were at the vet clinic in Birmingham over the weekend; the one that vets the racetrack dogs down there. Both the vet and his tech have greyhounds, and they use the Proheart injection for their pets. Not necessarily for hooks, but for heartworm treatment. They try to push it with their patients bc it grantees compliance for the duration of the shot. Have not had any issues using it with their grey's or other pets in the practice. I am going to talk to my vet about switching Bette to this option. Maybe start with the 6 and if she does ok with that, move to the 12. Also, re: the possibility of her getting reinfected with hooks in the yard; I suppose that is a possibility. We have a very large fenced yard, and we always pick up poop immediately, so it seems unlikely, but I suppose anything is possible. My hunch is that we are dealing with larval leak, and its just gonna be a marathon to get her cleared.
  3. Hello, Bette has been doing Dr. Ng's protocol for hookworms for 6 months. She is still positive for hooks. I just read about Proheart 6 or 12 as a heartworm preventive, but also for treatment of the resistant hookworms that are so common now. I would LOVE to switch her to this if it is, in fact, efficacious. The Coraxis that I apply monthly is stinky, messy and gross for about 24 hours. The Drontal Plus mid month is expensive. If giving her a shot once a year or once every 6 months will provide the same treatment effect, I would much prefer that (assuming it is not exorbitantly more expensive). We dose monthly with Simparica for fleas and ticks. I assume we would continue with that regimen. We are consistently fostering for our group, as they are moving dogs from FL and AL, and if we fall in love with one of our fosters, we will likely end up adopting, so would want to start the new addition on Proheart, as well, assuming they are also hook positive. I'd love any thoughts or feedback (positive and negative) from those in the know re: Proheart.
  4. Also a fan of Olewo Carrots. We make up a 5 cup batch which lasts almost a week (refrigerated). 10 TBSP of carrots/5 cups of almost boiling water/5 tsp of coconut oil. They improved Bette's poop to almost tootsie roll quality AND she is hook positive. We have her on Dr. Ng's protocol, and she came with soft poo, but the carrots added to Purina Pro Plan Sensitive Skin and Stomach is a good combo for her.
  5. We have a 2 year old female, Bette, who is damn near perfect in our book. We are considering adding a second dog, bc this year seems to be the year to do it if we think we might want to chip. We have a female foster here now, and there was initially a lot of growling and snarking, which was not fun to oversee. That has calmed down over the past 2 weeks, but we still do not feel comfortable leaving them alone together, unsupervised, even to walk to the mailbox. My question is related to gender combo's. Tell me your experience with female/female combo's vs. female/male combo's. I know a lot will depend on the individual dog's personalities. I am looking more for generalities. Thanks in advance.
  6. Hello, we have always had female dogs, and one of the reasons we have not had boys is there propensity to mark. We babysat a boy dog who marked in house, which was a turn off. We have also seen a few dogs at msg's who mark like crazy. Tell me about your experience with marking inside. Does age of neutering have anything to do with whether a dog marks in the house? Short of keeping a belly band on them, are there other methods to prevent this, or is it just that some boys dogs are gonna do what they do?
  7. Our local group in Nashville brought 14 up last week. I am fostering Honey. She and my girl (Bette) are not on the best of terms (lots of space guarding and general snarkiness), so we may be swapping her with another foster boy next weekend, if the girls can't get their s**t worked out:) Ive never had a boy, and have sworn them off until now, mainly bc of concern about indoor marking. But I get now why people say 2 girls together can be a challenge. Not a lot of peace in the house at the moment. Although we would not choose this particular time to add another dog to our pack, if the right foster dog finds their way to our home, we may end up chipping. We worry if we don't, this year will be the last year to do so.
  8. We have had Bette for almost 6 months now, and she has made great progress in being alone. I, too, fear this may cause a set back. So, we are attempting on a daily basis to leave her alone, even if for a short period of time when we go for a walk w/o her, or run to the store, or even just leave her alone in the house while we quietly read outside on our deck with the door closed so she can't see us. So many reasons to hate COVID 19. This is but one . . .
  9. We have a foster girl who was prescribed 3 days of powdered Panacur. She had her first (and last) dose yesterday with dinner at 5pm. No one in the house slept last night. She was up pacing, whining, and attempting to jump the baby gate to get out of the bedroom all night. We attempted crating her for her safety (she was spayed 3 days ago), and she whined, barked and dug the entire time she was in there. Needless to day, it was a miserable night for all. She FINALLY settled down at 4am. I began to seriously wonder if she had gotten into an amphetamine (though couldn't imagine that being the case, since we don't have anything like that in our house). Then it dawned on me, the only thing that was different in her routine yesterday was the Panacur with dinner. I consulted with my foster rep who advised that it was ok to not dose her tonight since she is on Advantage Multi. She had to go to a different vet for her spay/dental/micro-chipping bc our groups regular vet is closed do to COVID 19, so the vet we used may not be GH hookworm savvy. Anyway, tonight will be interesting. I am REALLY hoping we get some sleep and are not in for a repeat of last night.
  10. Read this today on the NYT: “We are asking the American public to prepare for the expectation that this might be bad,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the C.D.C.’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said Tuesday at a news briefing. While it’s unclear how severe the spread will be in the United States, Dr. Messonnier said Americans should be ready for a “significant disruption” to their daily lives. Based on the possibility that "significant disruption" to daily life may coming down the pike, I'm buying at least another 41 lb. bag of dog food. Better to be safe than sorry, and Bette will end up eating all in the next few months, regardless.
  11. Another update . . . Bette has found her groove with the toys. She has a morning routine in which she runs straight to the toy basket and grabs a stuffy and then zooms from sofa to our bed, back and forth, back and forth, bounding on them both, until she tires her precious little self out. This morning, I must not have wiped her muddy paws too good, bc I had a comforter covered in dirty little paw prints after her zooms. She will do another version of this in the evening, too. It's so cute to watch her in action. Also, we have had some warm and sunny days lately, and she DOES NOT want to come in when the weather is nice, so I expect she will be lots more playful in the yard, too. Time to pull the trigger on this outdoor dog bed for our deck. A girl needs a nice outdoor place to lay her little head.
  12. Anyone stocking up on dog food in anticipation of possible supply chain shortages due to COVID19? If so, how many months of dog food are you storing? We just bought at 41 pound bag, which will last us about 6 weeks. Wondering if we should go ahead and buy one more. Or am I being way too paranoid?
  13. These numbers seem to point toward an ongoing pipeline of dogs that will eventually make their way to retirement. Or am I missing something? I wonder what the numbers will be for 2020, 2021, 2022 etc. I, too, share a big concern the the option of adopting a retired racer will be a thing of the past in the future. My hope had been to ALWAYS be able to adopt retired racers, and spend my retirement years volunteering with GPAN. But that seems like a pipe dream given the shuttering of the tracks. How long can the few remaining tracks in the US stay operational? But I hope I am wrong, and that shifting to bringing dogs from Ireland, Mexico, etc. will provide a win/win for the dogs that need loving homes and those who want to have greyhounds in their lives (and on their sofa's and tearing up their turf) for many years to come.
  14. We stopped the pumpkin, added in Olewo Carrots, and after 2 meals, she has had the best poop since her arrival here 3 months ago. Her other mother says is was "as close to as 10 as it could be." She has been on Dr. Ng's hookworm protocol now for three months. We will check her in one month to see where we are, and if negative, recheck in three weeks, then four, per Greysmom instruction. She gets one 3" trachea at night, a kong with a small smear of peanut butter when we crate her, and her 2 meals of PPP/SSS. With her meals, she now gets a TBSP of carrots, and in the am she gets a probiotic and glucosamine. I think we are on the right track and plan to keep her on the current food. Thanks so much for your input, everyone.
  15. I did not see the masterpiece with my own two eyes this morning, but I am here to report that Bette's poop was "as close to a 10 as it could be", according to her other mother. This is after 2 meals (dinner last night and breakfast at the crack of dawn this morning) with the added magic carrots. Thanks to all of you who endorsed these little orange pellets, and thanks Rachel for talking me through the ratio of carrots/hot water/coconut oil in order to make up a batch that will last all week. For the record, that was 4 cups water/8 TBSP carrots/4 tsp coconut oil. Plus, she loves them. Of course, we have not found anything she doesn't love, yet. Raw spinach, check. Apples, check. Rocks, check. Sticks, check. Seems we have found our stride with nutrition: 1.5 cups PPP/SSS in the am and pm, with a tablespoon of carrots each meal, and a probiotic and glucosamine in the am. Thanks everyone for your input.
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