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  1. Hubby and I both grew up with dogs and have had our own dog before, but this is our first Greyhound! We adopted her a few days ago from a rescue group. She is such a good dog! She is great with the kids and we love her already. I had a couple of questions/advice: 1. Bald spots and belly and thighs. I know the can be normal, and her foster said it looks like the thighs are starting to grow back. Her thighs have a some bumps to them. Could it be hair follicles? She had an all clear heartworm/fecal test in August from adoption group's vet, but I had to take her in today when I saw worms in her poo. She got a dewormer. Could the tapeworm inadvertently cause it (stealing nutrients, so diet isn't as good)? If I can figure out how to add a picture I will. 2. We have her on a grain free food (Costco) and have been mixing it with the food the foster gave us. My mom just gave us a huge box of Milk Bones, which had the main ingredient as wheat. Can she eat the treats, or is the non-grain for treats too? 3. We have the stairs almost down! Yay! We just started working on "lay down" today. She is smart, maybe a little stubborn. I did read Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies, but if anyone has any tricks, I would appreciate it! Thank you all in advance! I've already found some great advice on here(helped a ton on the stairs)!
  2. Hi, Sorry, I know we have discussed this topic of picky eaters a lot and I've tried everything, but I guess I'm hoping for a good advice. Let me explain the case, I have a greyhound who eats everything so I have never had such a problem, so now I'm fostering a Greyhound mix. She is from Korea, so she was probably a stray dog, that's maybe why she is very picky and more familiar with junkfood. She is in foster because of her weight, now she is currently with 57lbs, but for her size and being a mix she is really underweight, we can see all her ribs, back and bum bones, so she is basically bones. So my homework is fatten her up, but it's so hard, she doesn't like dog food at all. She came with a kibble (that she didn't eat) and some treats, which she just like those one and doesn't accept any new ones. That's what I've tried: Changed the kibble and brands, tried meat, chicken, pork, finally it seems she accepts more fish kibble. Tried all sorts of wet foods and brands, the cheap ones, the expensive ones... also canned tuna and salmon, a little bit of success. Home made food, tried chicken, brown rice, fish, red meat, even a delicious chicken soup. Olewo carrots and beets, she didn't even touched them! High calorie gel for dogs who need get fat, didn't even touched it. Peanut butter in a Kong, she sometimes eat, sometimes doesn't. Cheese, fresh white cheese, she likes, but I've heard a lot of cheese it's not good for dogs. Last try, I bought Freshpet, it is that fresh food for dogs that comes in big rolls and are refrigerate, I had some success with this one! Very little! So she seems to go better with fish meals, but every time she eats a whole meal for 2 days, the next 2 days she doesn't eat at all! So it's and ups and downs, when I finally get happy because she ate 3 meals in a day, next day she won't. It's scary for me to see a dog that doesn't eat at all for 2 days and her belly does very disturbing loud sounds. There was one day that I was so desperate to make her eating that I gave her a donuts, because it seems to be the only thing that she wants to eat when we eat. She had a Vet check last week, so we ruled out any sort of illness. The Vet knows how hard she is to eat and told me just to keep trying. I don't know if is because she was a stray and was used to eating trash from the streets it might had affected her taste for dog food. It seems she wants to eat only the things she can't like our junk food that is not healthy. What should I do? She is supposed to eat 4 cups of kibble/day and I am not able to feed her even 2 cups/day. I never saw a dog refusing a treat, even a piece of bacon! I've reached the point that I cooked pieces of bacon to her and she totally refused. Help meeee!!!
  3. Chai's favorite thing in the world is food. We usually feed her at 7AM (or whenever she wakes us up on the weekend) and 6PM. But lately, instead of gobbling up her food in the morning with her usual excitement, she won't eat it for hours and/or needs coaxing. I know she's hungry because I can literally hear her stomach growling loudly!! Nothing has changed about her food or our routines (other than storing the food in a can in the kitchen instead of basement but she started doing this before that). So what's up with her sudden lack of interest with breakfast? Do greyhound eating habits change on their own or is something wrong that we should be looking for? As far as we know she's in otherwise good health, 4 years old, no other previous eating issues.
  4. I posted earlier last week about my 9 year old sweet brindle grey, Frappuccino. She was having severe neck pain. Nearly everyone thought it was a classic herniated disc. Well, she had an MRI done on Friday and it is a myelitis: an inflammation of the spinal cord itself. The level is at C2-4, I think. The neurologist explained that it is either due to a meningitis or an autoimmune disorder. He says the autoimmune explanation is much more common in dogs. The CSF results are not back yet. She was started in IV steroids and we are continuing them orally. We got her home yesterday. It was a rough night: the Prednisone made her drink a lot and we had to take her out every two hours to pee. She was so gorked out: walking into walls, falling over, unable to stand up and she couldn't get a footing on our tile floor. We put down yoga and exercise mats all through the house. We assume it was a combination of the general anesthesia, the IV Morphine she was given for pain, as well as oral Tramadol and the spinal tap. So, more questions: 1. Does anyone have experience with myelitis? Is it a good prognosis? 2. If you have experience with anesthesia, how long does it take for all the effects to wear off? I remember our male grey, Nico, had anesthesia for a soft tissue cancer removal and it took until the following morning for all the effects to wear off. It is now Sunday and she had the anesthetic on Friday. Does that seem like a long time for her to be so wobbly? 3. How long can a greyhound go without eating anything? I know that she could not eat on Friday because of the MRI, she did not eat dinner that night, nor breakfast the next morning. She has not had anything since she came home. So, essentially she has not had food for 3 days. Is there a dog equivalent to Ensure: a liquid supplement? Thanks for your help. It's been rough.
  5. Chai's favorite thing in the world is food. We usually feed her at 7AM (or whenever she wakes us up on the weekend) and 6PM. But lately, instead of gobbling up her food in the morning with her usual excitement, she won't eat it for hours and/or needs coaxing. I know she's hungry because I can literally hear her stomach growling loudly!! Nothing has changed about her food or our routines (other than storing the food in a can in the kitchen instead of basement but she started doing this before that). So what's up with her sudden lack of interest with breakfast? Do greyhound eating habits change on their own or is something wrong that we should be looking for? As far as we know she's in otherwise good health, 4 years old, no other previous eating issues.
  6. Please help if you can. I don't know what to do. I know that for all their grace and poise, greyhounds are, at their core, still dogs, but I just cannot get over how my Adelaide eats her own and her sister's feces. When we first got Addie, she was a sister to our boy, Fletch, but when we lost him to osteo, she became an only dogs for about 8 months. About 3 or 4 months after Fletch died, I noticed that Addie would sometimes burp and her breath would smell so bad and I began suspecting that she was eating her feces. So I began watching her when we'd let her in the yard to do her business and sure enough, she'd got out, do her business and start wandering around and within a few minutes, she'd start eating it. I'd immediately call her in and after a few weeks of that, we consulted our vet who has a long history of working with greyhounds. He provided one major cause: She's lonely. She used to being in a multi-grey household and when she goes outside, once she does her business, she's bored. His recommendation was to get another dog. So a few months later, we got Sloane. I will say that the first few weeks we had Sloane, Addie completely stopped eating her poop. But we've had Sloane about 4 months now and I'd noticed the bad breath again and sure enough, Addie's is back at it, but now it's worse! Now, she will stand next to Sloane while she does her business and as soon as Sloane walks away, Addie will dig right in! I can't stand it! I know this isn't the most pleasant topic, but I don't know what to do! She has a friend in the yard with her now, she gets plenty to eat, we keep her on a fairly normal schedule, she gets plenty of treats. I just don't understand why she does this! Any advice you can provide would be so appreciated!
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