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  1. Deepest sympathies on the loss of your Princess. What a beautiful girlie she was. Run free, sweet girl. :gh_run2:gh_run2
  2. Lucy, your vet sounds greyt - there's no reason why any vet could not try to hull with this procedure. The elevators really are worth getting, as they seem to be a lot more effecient than anything else I've tried to separate the corn from the surrounding skin. Karen
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    Becky Aka Piglet

    Run free of pain at the bridge, you sweet girl. Our condolences to all who loved her.
  4. Hey, greyt to see you over here! Scritches to the boys!
  5. There's a journal artical on corn hulling in one of the more popular vet journals, so it does seem that your vet isn't keeping up. Sounds like it's time to start trying to find a vet that has experience hulling. The tooth elevators that are used can be found on Ebay, that's where I got mine, and they are really just like rounded flat head screw drivers - they do make it easier to get around the corn. It's really not that hard to do yourself, but barring that, any vet could do it. I'd be happy to email a copy of the journal artical to you, just PM me your email address.
  6. Romi visited once, it was just recently, quite a while after his passing. I saw him lying on the couch, as he has thousands of times before, head hanging over the edge, tongue hanging out with the inevitable ETS. I really expected to see a lot more visits, but there's just been the one, and I'm lucky to have had it. There are ghost kitties prowling the halls too. I've also seen Lou in the yard several times.
  7. Being a bit of a kitchen witch, I'm experimenting with a combination gel I made myself - so far it appears to be slowing the growth rate, but it's only been on for a few weeks. Millie unfortunately has corns on 3 different feet, so I'm able to try 2 different methods and still have a "control" corn to compare results with, so to speak. She used to have more corns, but we managed to treat some homeopathically. Why they didn't all dissappear, to me, supports the multi-factorial theory, it's clear these guys get corns for more than one reason. Sending lots of healing thoughts out to all our "corn dogs".
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    Miss Echo

    Jen, you have our deepest sympathies on the loss of your beautiful Miss Echo. She couldn't have been more beloved. Run free sweet Echo, with Icarus and all the other bridge angels.
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    Deepest sympathies on the tragic loss of Grover. He was certainly loved. Run free sweet boy!
  10. It's the perfect balance of phosphorus to calcium, 1:1. When I fed it to Romi his kidney symptoms eased tremendously; he'd had it all his life, but once his kidneys started up, I cut out organs and bone and he had raw green tripe almost exclusively. Check out the Dog Aware site, link is above, it has excellent information on kidney issues along with many other issue. Mary has done her research on this topic and knows what she's talking about.
  11. I met her and her husband Gil at the GRA picnic several years ago, what an amazing couple. I was looking forward to seeing her perform with her hounds again at GIG. The article she wrote about training greyhounds "No Pain, No Fear" has been posted on a bajillion websites - she had a deep insight into the hounds, and will be sorely missed by many, I'm sure. Godspeed, Kathleen.
  12. Brown eggs and white eggs are the same, for sure. A dog's jaw is actually designed to tear off big chunks of food and get them down their throat quickly so no one else in the pack can get it, so how your dog is eating is instinctual and natural. The only way to slow him down is to feed big meat, so that he has to chew it. If he tries to swallow a piece that's too big, it will come back up and he'll get another shot at it. When he starts back on bone, you may have to hold onto one end of his RMB to ensure he chews it up properly. If your dog is getting his 10% bone ground up in his food, he doesn't need the shell from the egg. We feed raw egg 3 or 4 times a week, and it is a perfect protein. The dogs love them, too!
  13. With broken hearts, Michelle and I are sorry to announce the passing of our beautiful boy Romi. After fighting for the last month, he was ready to give up the battle and move on Monday morning. He is survived by his pack Andy, Bailey, Connie and Millie. We had many years of pure joy from this hound, who was an unexpected addition during the 2004 GRA picnic. He had been at the Hinsdale adoption centre for over a year, but when I saw him at Bill's with his beautiful big roman nose, and listened to him rooing in his kennel, and experienced him kissing me right through the bars, I knew this unique character was for us. I have never been sorry that we added him to our pack, he has been at the centre of life at Camp Greyhound for all of these years, and was a favorite where ever he went. To say he will be missed is a tremendous understatement. Thanks to dear friends Dee and Anne for their support yesterday, you made an unbearable day almost manageable; and thanks to Anna our homeopath who made his last month really comfortable. I imagine Romi arriving at the bridge, and meeting his brother Cantankerous Lou, who pre-deceased him by less than a year, and all the SSGG angels that have left us so recently – Dove, Sadie, Hobbes, Tomtom, Jack, and most recently Hope to name a few. I'm sure he's settled in and is washing everyone's ears right about now. Goodnight, sweet Prince, til we meet again.
  14. Our bridge angel Lou had to be taught for hydrotherapy he had for his dislocated hip, he hated every second of it, but we did manage to teach him. Easiest way is to get a proper floatation device. You can also hold him while he learns, try to keep his head level rather than pointing up, that's very hard on the neck. Bella may love it, or hate it, you just never know!
  15. He likely did it running, their gait totally allows for cuts on the top of the foot or even the webbing. We would just flush it well with colloidal silver, and then spray it anytime he came in from outside. If he's fussing with it, putting a sock on will help (wrap with vet wrap just above the hock, then fold the top of the sock back down) but try not to bandage it, if the air is allowed to get at it it will close up much more quickly. Scritches to Astro, sounds like it hurts. If you use homeopathics at all, some hypercerium will likely help with that particular pain.
  16. We no longer have use vets for cuts, lacs or even punctures unless they are very extensive. We use colloidal silver both topically on wounds - 3x/day initially, and also internally,1 tsp 2-3x/day, this has worked way better for us than antibiotics, with no side effects. Occasionally I will need to tack a laceration if it's large with superglue, but it must be well flushed out first. We also make extensive use of homeopathics, with Arnica most commonly used initially for shock, trauma, bruising and sometimes muscle strain. Also Hypericum, Ledum, and several others depending on the symptom picture presented. I've treated quite a variety of conditions at home with homeopathics, but there is a learning curve, and it's important to have the help of a good teacher. Learning how to use homeopathics has been a real godsend. This of course, is just what we do here, many others do prefer allopathic methods or using vets.
  17. Pork neck bones are a bit dense if you've not been feeding raw for a long time, and also they do tend to cut the necks up so they have sharp edges. 99% of the time these raw bones make it through with no problems; and you will see less and less as your dog starts building up the enzymes needed to totally digest these bones. You might switch to riblets for a while, the bones are a better shape, and the riblets are usually in larger pieces and are more meaty. You do want to feed the meatiest bones you can find. One of the best taurine sources for kitties is beef heart, my guys really love it. I still have to throw it in the processor for them, they are seniors and will not rip or tear into a large piece, but they really do love beef heart, and pork heart too. Most muscle meats are a good source of taurine, actually better than chicken hearts. Red meats generally trump the beige meats around here for nutrition and taste, too. Here's a pic of chicken gizzards, which are part of the digestive tract of a chicken, and another pic of a chicken heart.
  18. Sending lots of white light from Camp Greyhound to the handsome Flash with the beautiful ears.
  19. What a well written thread, nicely done everyone! It's really great to see a thread on greytalk de-bunking all the myths that are floating around about raw feeding, and also great to see so many people recommending the modified prey model diet (also known as 80-10-10). I've been feeding my pets raw for 18 years, and in that time I tried many different versions of raw, the modified prey model is by far the easiest and also seems to be best for my pets.
  20. Our bridge boy Cody ate about 2 lb. of cooked soup bones once, about 7 years ago - I was a new greyhound mom and freaked out, came on GT and was advised to give bread, watch for symptoms, and wait, just like you've been advised. He enjoyed the bread, slept happily through the night while I stayed up and watched him, very nervous. The only sign I ever saw was some chalky white poop the next day! Hope you get the same result.
  21. Romi had his toe off last year due to cancer, and did not need any chemo or radiation afterwards. Hopefully Mercedes has the same type - it does not often metastasize, and if it does it goes to another toe, so there are worse things! Romi was better right away after the surgery, and I would never hesitate to do the same to any greyhound having toe troubles - they do very well afterwards. Just make sure they take the whole toe, and don't leave a flap or a joint, the whole thing needs to come off for a problem free recovery. Scritches to your girlie.
  22. Camp Greyhound is stuffed to the rafters!

  23. Looks like you've got your answer, I just wanted to compliment you and the quality of the pics - it's not easy taking a picture of a greyhound's gumline lol!
  24. Capstar might be a safer chemical method, it works just for the first 24 hours so it will kill any fleas on your dog, and then be out of her system. For non-chemical methods, we've had success at Camp Greyhound using DE topically on the dogs. Apply carefully, you don't need a ton, and it will dry the coat out a bit. It takes time to work, but it does work. Then vacuum, vacuum, vacuum - 95% of fleas are gotten rid of in the vacuum. Needless to say, frequent bag changes are required, or if you have a deep freeze, pop the bag in a garbage bag and into the freezer overnight.
  25. I would also inquire of a new clinic/vet how they feel about working with other practitioners, if you use them. We rely heavily on our Homeopath, and actually use her quite a bit more than the vet, but sometimes they need to work together. Same goes for the chiropractor.
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