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  1. Thanks all! That makes me feel better. We'll stick with the leashed walks then until he's feeling better. Now to get him to walk nicely on a leash.....
  2. Hi everyone! We just adopted Remy (2 yr old male) last week. It's so good to have a greyhound in the house again after our Jax passed in May. <3 Since we brought him home, he's been limping off and on on his front right foot, and the pain seems to mostly be from his wrist joint (we checked his paws -- no corns or anything stuck in them. He cries in pain though if you bend his wrist). The limp will occur towards the end of a walk or right after he gets up from his bed for a few seconds, but otherwise he walks/trots/plays with toys as normal. I took him to the vet and all of his x-rays were fine with no evidence of bony tumors or previously broken bones. The vet sent him home with some anti-inflammatories, and we've only been doing leash walks (no zoomies in the yard). It's only been a few days of the meds, so I'm not sure how much they've helped. I got in touch with his adoption group and they reached out to his old handlers at the track. Turns out he had a bad sprain (no broken bones) while at the track, but the adoption group said they did not notice him limping while he was with them for a month before being adopted by us. Is it normal to have a sprain injury that occurred a month+ ago still cause him pain? I'm worried he won't ever be able to run/play freely without it flaring up. The adoption group said they didn't notice him having any pain while he was with them or during his vet exam with them, so I'm also worried we are inadvertently doing something to make it flare up for him. Any advice on sprains?
  3. Jax, our beautiful brindle champion, left us on Sunday morning. He was fine all day, going for his usual walk and cuddling on the couch. Right before bed he started walking slowly when we went out for the bathroom, and wouldn't touch his kibble when we came in. He threw up and then just laid down taking shallow breaths. It didn't feel right. I took him to the emergency vet thinking he must have swallowed a big piece of rawhide and had a blockage. The last thing I expected the vet to say is that he had fluid built up around his heart. She said she could drain the fluid, but there was no telling how much time that would buy him before it filled back up again. She said his prognosis was not good. We chose to not put him through the repeated sedation and surgeries and all that would come down that path. He gave us nearly 4 years of perfect health and joyful days, right until his very last day, and we like to think he would have wanted it to end that way. My husband and I are still reeling from the shock of it all. He was fine, and then he was gone. I always thought we would have more warning. He was almost 10 years old and I just assumed we would have a few more years still. Or that I would see him slow down with age and would know the end was near. I never thought he could be in perfect health one morning and gone the next. We don't know how to process this gaping hole in our lives and our hearts. We love you Jacko. You raced until you were 5 years old. 149 races, 18 wins. You never let any challenge we threw your way get you down -- elevators, hardwood floors, stairs, traffic, two apartment moves. We were so lucky to know you and love you. We will miss you forever.
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