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  1. Hi there! I adopted my 3y/o grey, Gary, this past December. The rescue informed me of a previous break, it was repaired, limp was nothing to worry about. My vet and I have both tried to get in contact with them/where they got him from for info, nothing. Last week, he popped what looked to be a blood blister on his leg (there are a few I can see, now that I’ve taken a good look at the leg), it wasn’t healing properly which led us to the pet hospital a few nights ago. They cleaned it out, got us some antibiotics and pain meds, other than wanting to lick the wound, Gary is doing much better from what I can tell. The conversation I had with the vet at the hospital is what leads me to this post...


    She believes a surgery consult and x-rays are in order, there are self-inflicted wounds on this leg constantly, there are, what we think to be, blood blisters, the skin is so tight around the hardware, and the leg was swollen, hot, and red after the cut (this was what prompted me to take him in ASAP). She’s thinking whatever they used to fix his break could be infected/causing some kind of issue. Our regular vet wasn’t too concerned with the leg upon Gary’s initial visit, shes worked with greys before, has owned her own retired racer, she felt it was common, unfortunately, for greys to come off the track with injuries and that x-rays weren’t 100% necessary at this moment, possibly down the line to get some answers if it was in the budget. I have a phone call later today to follow up with his vet, but I wanted to see if there was anyone out there who also went through this or something similar? I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed and just want to make sure I am doing the right thing for my boy..

  2. 1 hour ago, cleptogrey said:

    Talk to your adoption group. Was it repaired by them or the track? Does he have plates? If so there could be a problem. How long ago dis it break? Too many variables and you need the medical history(surgery and x-rays). do some research and see if the group will help you. Good luck!

    It was repaired before he was brought to the rescue in late July/early August and they were given minimal information, just that he had antibiotics from the anesthesia. I’m trying to keep calm until we can see the vet. Thank you! 

  3. Hi there! I’ve posted before and I first want to say I love that there is a place for owners to come with questions.. this is my first time owning a greyhound and there are lots of things new to me and this site has been such a help. 

    I adopted my boy just over a week ago and he’s doing well, we love him so much. He retired from racing after breaking his leg, the rescue assured me he was okay/healed and wasn’t in pain, etc etc. Things I’ve noticed over the last week include hopping off the hurt leg when he starts to move any faster than a walk (trot, run), he’s constantly licking the leg where there is still some exposed skin (no hair). There was some snow outside and he hopped in it one day to investigate and it looks like he scraped his leg where the exposed skin was. Some days it looks okay and other days he’s gnawing at it and takes the scab off. We’re waiting for our first vet appt as they were backed up with holidays/COVID precautions. He will let me touch the leg and I always do so gently just to look and see how the cut is doing... any advice? Thank you again!

  4. We brought our retired racer home just a few days ago, he’s our first greyhound and it’s been a delight watching him explore. I’m struggling with potty outside... we walk for 30 min. and sometimes I will get a poo and pee, sometimes two pees, but poo seems to be the hardest. I’ve read a longer leash may help... today we only pooed once. My biggest concern is that he’s on round of antibiotics and his stool has been loose (vet appt. is upcoming so he has not been tested for hookworm yet). I can sometimes hear his stomach gurgle or he will pass gas and I will make sure to get him outside, but today we walked around three times with no potty breaks. I took him out for his before bed potty break and he peed, are there signs I can look out for overnight for needing to go out? He has not whined or barked once. I reward with treats, but I’m not sure what else to do if anything other than patience? Thank  you!

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