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  1. Just seeing this memorial post now, as I've not been on GT as much lately. Kali was a beloved part of our little family too. I cherished every visit and chance to reunite the littermates (and crazy mama Alimony), whether you brought her my way, or we met up at Dewey. <3
  2. My answers are based on my extensive experiences over the last decade at a friend's farm in IA, and a farm I visited a couple times in FL years ago. The IA farm broods are housed in climate controlled (heat & AC) buildings with 24/7 access to large grassy (or snowy) outdoor runs via a door flap. Each brood has her own living quarters, separated by 8' kennel dividers indoors, and standard 8-10' farm fencing dividing the outdoor runs. The indoor area is concrete with a runoff trough in the floor for easy cleaning, and they have canvas cots to sleep on, up off the floor. They are fed, visited, and socialized daily by the family who owns the farm, and their friends and employees. Some are definitely more spoiled than others. They do the usual farm greyhound things, race along the fencelines with the other dogs, chew on bones & treats, get brushed and played with and snuggled. They are fed basically the same track diet that active racers get, which is mostly raw beef, with various supplements & add-ins. Every farmer and trainer has their own sort of "special blend" but they all pretty much use raw beef for the base. Once they whelp a litter, they do get additional supplements and enriched "milk" while they're nursing. If the litter is large, some supplemental bottle feeding is necessary if mama can't produce enough to feed them all. Most are artificially inseminated, but some will go the "natural" route. A spot on the side of their abdomen is shaved, and a needle is inserted for direct insemination. Most good responsible breeders won't push for more than one litter a year for a brood, and generally not more than four litters (often times only two litters before retirement). But of course some breeders are not as responsible as that. Gestation period is about nine weeks. When the due date approaches, the outdoor access is more limited, and a whelping box is set up in their living quarters. The box design can vary, but the one's I've seen are large metal frames, maybe 4' x 8' or so, with raised sides, and a smooth rail running along the interior a few inches from the inner walls. This is called the "piggy rail" and creates a sort of safe channel all around the whelping box that the pups can squirm into, to help prevent mama from accidentally squishing her pups by rolling onto them. The floor of the box is lined with carpet which is switched out with fresh pieces frequently as it gets soiled. Mama is still able to exit and enter the whelping box as needed to stretch her legs, relieve herself, etc, but the pups are too small yet to be able to get outside the box. There's a webcam set up 24/7 so mama and pups can be monitored from the house when the family is not in the building (which is basically across the driveway, so very close), in case anyone needs attention. The pups will stay in the whelping box until they are old enough to walk around without stumbling, etc (a few weeks, usually), and are kept in the same living quarters as mama for the first couple of months at least until they are weaned. This length of time can vary a bit, based on how the pups are progressing, and how tolerant a mama they have. Every breeding is registered, and every successful whelping is registered. At three months, the pups get tattooed, and those numbers are recorded and used when the litter is officially registered for racing and sent off for training (not always in that order)-- which happens when they are anywhere between 12-24 months old. In some cases, a pup may never get registered, because rarely, one will be a runt, or get injured on the farm and get petted out before ever going to a training farm, or they "wash out" in training for any of a number of reasons (not fast enough, too distracted, interferes with others, got hurt, etc) and never make it to the track. They are also petted out, but may never show up on G-Data. G-Data info is entered based on NGA registrations, so if a pup isn't registered for any of the above reasons, they may never show up on G-Data, even though they are alive & well, living in adopted homes. I've brought in a number of those to our adoption group. If you know your brood has had a litter in the last year or two, but don't see it listed on G-Data, give it some more time. They just may not have been registered yet. The breeding and litter has been, but the individual pup may not have been yet. If you know the farm she came from, you may be able to reach out to them and learn more about her and her litter(s) specifically. Many are very happy & willing to share info and love seeing updates.
  3. Thank you for your responses. Yes, her existing IVDD in her neck is a big concern, re: getting on as a tripod. And yes, chest rads would be the first step. I did get a response from Dr. Couto, after the Out of Office reply. His response: "If she is neurologically and orthopedically sound, there is no reason why she wouldn’t be a good candidate for amputation and chemo." I feel literally queasy just thinking about all of this.
  4. My shameless Boo with Cap'n Dan. And Boo with Crow, spotting ponies!
  5. Hello all. I am sorry to sort of burst in here like this, but I am looking for opinions of other folks who have been through this. I will preface this with the fact that I have already sent this image to Dr. Couto this morning, and have received an out of office reply saying I might hear back in a few days. This xray is a foster grey's right proximal humerus. The dog is nine years old, and currently displays almost zero indication of OSA pain. Extremely faint intermittent limping, and a rare occasional yelp out of the blue. The dog has a history of intervertebral disc disease in the lower neck which causes occasional pain flare ups. But otherwise the dog is healthy and energetic. Blood work is good, but chest xrays have not yet been done to rule out metastases. I am wondering if anyone here has had a dog with a similarly located tumor and had success with amputation. The first OSA hound I had, the tumor was in her distal radius, so amputation was relatively uncomplicated. I worry about this location, being essentially inside the entire shoulder area. My goal, if amputation is an option, is primarily to remove the risk of spontaneous fracture. I am unsure if we would pursue chemo, or if this dog would be a candidate for that. Thanks in advance for any thoughts on this situation. I am sick over this diagnosis. This sweet dog has been through a lot already, and deserves no further suffering.
  6. Every symptom you describe absolutely fits laryngeal paralysis (rough and frequent panting, gaping mouth for air, hoarse bark, low stamina, low heat tolerance). Whether caused by or exacerbated by the de-barking surgery, or whether it is purely coincidental, there's no way to know, since some dogs get LP even without that surgery. Since he is youngish, you might look into tieback surgery as an option too. It's not for everyone, but may be worth considering, if he's a good surgical candidate. You should also, if you're not already, walk him on harness only, not a collar, to reduce stress to his neck and airway. p.s. who the hell debarks a greyhound? Ugh, people.
  7. Of the nine greys I have owned, only one ever had sleep-startle, and he eventually grew out of that for the most part. I've pup-sat and fostered many more, but I am always careful to be mindful of the boundaries of dogs I don't know as well as my own, so I can't really report on whether they had sleep-startle issues.
  8. And also hope her vet actually listened instead of dismissing her the way this arrogant guy did to me.
  9. I agree completely with Meredith. While every vet has a degree, not every vet was at the top of their class. And not all of them have the same depth of knowledge about greyhound-specific issues. I have seen regular general-practice vets completely bungle issues that would be readily obvious to a vet who has more experience with greyhounds specifically. SLO, pannus, corns, TBDs, various blood values, heart issues, etc. Even body type. I once had an emergency vet argue with me (and treat me like I was overreacting) that my sick dog's belly wasn't distended when I could clearly see that it was. But because they were more accustomed to seeing fat labs & such, I couldn't convince them that the round belly was NOT normal for my greyhound. My regular vet saw it immediately. There was fluid building dangerously in there. I had another vet tell me the dog's nails were simply too long, when I could clearly see that the multiple nails breaking/bleeding at the base were indicative of SLO. This was a grey I was pupsitting, so I had taken her to her own regular non-gh-savvy vet. When I was dissatisfied with that vet's condescendingly delivered answer, I took her to my own vet who instantly *correctly* diagnosed SLO. That dog's owners changed to using my vet after that.
  10. Yes, Billy Bob was neutered while I fostered him. Thankfully it wasn't as complicated as it could have been, so he healed quickly and well. Billy Bob's original owner/breeder kept him over last winter and drew semen from him to store for breeding use. There is already one broodie (and another who is waiting to come into season) who is being inseminated with Billy Bob's semen, so he will be a daddy-dog probably within the next two months.
  11. Beautiful! I was on the beach a lot (and even in a bar at one point), but sadly didn't run into you this year. Glad y'all had a lovely time as well!
  12. That's another good point. Unless you specifically ask, thyroid levels are not checked during routine bloodwork.
  13. As Jeffy's foster, I can assure everyone that he was definitely not overweight when Carolyn adopted him. He was a perfectly good weight for his build, even arguably slightly lean as a fresh retiree. So a 15 pound loss, even though very gradual, is very worrisome to me. His bloodwork is all normal (including protein levels?), and his stools are firm, and he's actually consuming five cups of food daily? That is bizarre! What kind of food are you using?
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