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  1. We are in Atlanta— UGA veterinary teaching hospital is 2 hours away but we called them and they also don’t have openings until April. We did end up finding another neurology specialist about an hour away with openings March 15, so for now we have an appointment there and are hoping for a cancellation to get her in sooner! We can’t believe how hard it has been to get our girl seen. We were also told that an MRI will be $2500-3500 before we can even start treating her which was a pretty shocking wake up. But there’s no way we will leave her in pain so I really hope we can get some answ
  2. Dr Cuoto also said her next step is a neurologist. We are getting so frustrated.. both the hospitals with neurology departments/imaging equipment that our vet referred us to are booked until April, while our poor girl is still not standing up on her own. (She is however walking once we help her stand) our vet recommended we take her to the ER to be seen sooner, but the ER sent her home with a Fentanyl patch and said the neurologists are too busy. We are at our wits end. ER said we can try coming back extremely early next week and hope that maybe they’ll be available then. I hope the fentanyl k
  3. Just an update: We took Petra in for her 2 week follow up X-rays today, and the vets still see no signs of anything wrong in the X-ray besides her old racing injury from before we got her. I’m so glad they don’t see any cancer signs, but also frustrated to not know what’s wrong with our poor girl. She has been lying on her bed all the time until we carry her outside, and only the pain meds are keeping her reasonably comfortable. (Rimadyl, Tramadol, gabapentin and amantadine) They are referring us to a neurologist in case it’s a spine issue, and I’m also going to get a consult from Dr Cuoto as
  4. Thank you! We have a second xray coming up as the vet said sometimes it takes a couple weeks after symptoms to see changes in the xray. I plan to send the second set to Dr Cuoto if the vet can’t make a definitive diagnosis with them. I didn’t know about Dr Cuoto so I just looked into him and appreciate the referral!
  5. Thank you, this is what we are doing! The Tramadol is helping her pain now, so hoping she will be comfortable the next couple weeks.
  6. Not that I can tell! She’s on anti inflammatories so not sure if that would make a difference
  7. I’m sorry to hear that, I know it’s a difficult diagnosis all greyhound owners eventually come across. Not giving up hope— she will have a follow up X-ray in two weeks as our vet said issues can lag a couple weeks behind symptoms, as unfortunately seemed to happen in your girls’ case. I will hope with rest and medication she recovers, but thank you for letting me know that it doesn’t always show in X-rays right away!
  8. Yes, they did. She seems more relaxed now, though she hasn’t had to move around yet since we gave it to her so I haven’t been able to judge her pain when standing. I am hoping it helps!
  9. Hello! Our greyhound will be 10 this year, and this week she suddenly started having pain in her right hind leg. It started out with a Yelp when she got off the couch, but has progressed over the week to heartbreaking and drawn out screaming and shaking when she tries to stand, and now to being intermittently unable to walk once we do her her upright. We took her to the vet yesterday for X-rays and blood work. The vet said her X-rays don’t show signs of osteosarcoma or any breaks or tears, so she sent us home with Rimadyl and increasing her Gabapentin to 3 times a day. They gave
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