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  1. 9 year old male who is now limping on right rear leg...a little swollen..limps on soft material(bed carpeting etc) after a couple of steps on hard surface seems better. Stiff when he first stands up. Is notin pain..still wants to go for walks jumps around and gets excited and plays. we know he had injuries when he raced but could not find out what. He only raced 1 race and we got him at 2 years of age. He did have a punture wound on that foot a few months ago that vet took care of and then had to have a cancerous growth removed from same leg .
  2. I am having a panic attack. My 8 year old Jasper, whom I adopted when he was 1 & 1/2 years old and was always 100% sound was running off leash this morning with my 10 year old greyhound. Nothing out of the ordinary, they run and play frequently. We walked home from the park, no lameness nothing off all day. At around 5:30pm as I was taking both boys out for their evening walk, Jasper came into the kitchen completely not putting weight on his left back leg. The area around the hock looks swollen and warm to the touch and looks considerably bigger then his right back leg. I gave him a 50 mg dose of Deramexx as of right now the lameness subsided and he is putting weight on that leg but the area is still swollen. We have a vet appointment tomorrow at 1pm. I am having a nervous breakdown and convinced it's Osteo. (having lost an 8 year old greyhound to it in 2012), I live in fear of this horrible disease and can't bear the thought of this happening again. Please think good thoughts for my sweet Jasper. I have been having panic attacks since 5:30pm, I am nauseous form anxiety and writing this post at 1:30am.
  3. Our greyhound has just had blood work done. She is 6 years old and has been limping for a few weeks – right front leg. The vet examined her and nothing shows up. Her blood values look normal, I think, except the Basophils are high at 0.21 (normal would be 0-015). I am really concerned that this could relate to cancer as I understand it relates to the bone marrow. Is anyone familiar with Basophils? Thank you for any response.
  4. Jack is our first grey, and we were so excited to celebrate his 6th birthday two weeks ago! We've had him for four years, but in the past 8 months he has started limping. I panicked and did as much research as I could and eventually found a corn on his right front leg. However, our previous vet diagnosed him with arthritis (without any tests and without looking at his feet) and put him on Rimadyl. Jack had a very nasty reaction to the Rimadyl, so we took him off and after more wasted time and money at the vet's we tried to treat the corn by ourselves. Although Jack seems healthy and happy and still plays (and he doesn't seem to limp in the grass), we took him again to a vet recommended by GPA to try to readdress the corn. Since he didn't flinch when she palpitated it (although he does when we do), she ran more tests and suspects osteosarcoma. She didn't find anything conclusive on the x-rays, however, so we will be returning for more tests in a week. My husband and I are completely shocked and at our wits' end. Should we be encouraged by Jack's healthy weight and happiness? Are there other symptoms of osteo that we should be looking for? Is it possible for a dog to limp with osteo for so long? Should we ask the vet to remove the corn just in case? Is it something else entirely? Hopefully we will have more answers in a week, but any advice on how to handle this or what to ask would be amazing!
  5. Hello! I have a limping hound again This time it's not weekend warrior syndrome though This morning he started limping on one of his front paws- throughout the day it seems to have got much worse and he now holds it up when standing still. He is quite stoic, so it's a bit hard to see where the problem is, but he sometimes winces a little when I put pressure on one of his toes - when I looked, there's a small mark on it. I heard that greys can suffer from corns - and that it can be made worse if they do a lot of pavement walking (which he does) Does the below image look like it could be causing the problem? It's just the same image 3 times as I have the worst luck uploading pictures to here! https://ibb.co/fMDeTR https://postimg.org/image/xxmlygb1z/ Thanks in advance for any help
  6. Sweep just saw the orthopedic specialist for her limping upon rising, which has been going on since August. She responds to NSAIDs, but the limp always returns--this last round, within just a few days of stopping them. Unlike our regular vet, the specialist was able to actually see the limp briefly in the office, and he watched the videos we've taken. Though my DH and I have sometimes had trouble determining which leg was affected and our regular vet felt strongly that it was the right front, the specialist was 100% sure it's her left front. He did an exam from nose to tail and took x-rays of the leg from shoulder to foot, and thankfully everything was clear. So now we have clear x-rays for the right front and neck and spine from August and November, and clear x-rays for the left front from December. Unfortunately, Sweep was very nervous at this new place and whined at pretty much anything he did to her, so he wasn't able to isolate the exact source of the pain. There is no swelling or any other visible indication of a problem. Her pads look clear, and the fact that the limp resolves with walking and responds to NSAIDs seems to rule out a developing corn. She has two twisted inner toes on her left foot, which we have always thought were indicative of a racing injury, but apparently not--they're just wonky and he believes unrelated to her current issue. So, the mystery remains. I am of course HUGELY relieved to have four months of clear x-rays behind us (I work myself up into a full-blown panic every time we have an appointment), but it's so frustrating to not have an answer. She is on another course of NSAIDs for three weeks (Meloxicam worked great but upset her stomach, Rimadyl had no GI side effects but didn't seem quite as effective, so now we're trying Previcox). We have a recheck with the specialist in four weeks. I have found a facility about 30 minutes away that offers acupuncture, chiropractic, laser therapy, hydrotherapy, etc., so I'll be pursuing that in January if we're still in the same boat. She just turned 6 in October; I hate to think of having to keep her on an NSAID indefinitely. Anyone have any ideas? She is best in the morning and the limp upon rising worsens over the course of the day (we've curbed the running, but she is still leash walked 10-20 minutes three times a day). Could a soft tissue injury really take this long to heal?
  7. Last week, Jack started favoring his right front foot while walking, and grooming his toes intently when he settled in his bed. I looked at his foot, and it looked like there was some skin thickening on the pad consistent with pictures of corns I'd seen. So I stuck duct tape on it, and he did favor it much less over the next few days (I've changed the duct tape each day). Then I took him to the park yesterday, and last night he was back to the limping and grooming in a big way and his foot still seems to be bothering him this morning. Does anyone have insight or experiences with this?
  8. My boy Seamus is 10 years old and has been on pain meds for three years for hind end pain. He takes 300 MG gabapentin and 50 mg tramadol twice a day. About three weeks ago, he started limping on his front right leg. It was the worst when he got up off his bed, but after walking a bit, it was not as bad. It still looked like he was hurting, but he didn't limp so severely. Since he could walk it off somewhat, the vet thought he had pulled something and that we should watch it for a bit. Unfortunately, it didn't improve so we went back to the vet, who thought the pain was in the shoulder. Xrays were done, and the vet said they were clean with no signs of cancer. He went back to thinking Seamus must have pulled a muscle or strained a ligament. He recommended cold laser therapy as well as adding another medicine, amitriptyline. I haven't given him the third med yet since I wanted to see if the laser therapy made any difference. Well, he had his second laser treatment today, and things have gone from bad to worse. He was okay right after, but a few hours later, he could hardly walk and was clearly in pain, limping severely on the front right leg. I called the vet who now seems baffled and unsure what to do from here. He said he would have another look at the xrays and call again tomorrow to see if Seamus is any better. In the meantime, Seamus really hurts, in spite of being on both Gabapentin and Tramadol. There are no lumps or swollen spots that I can see or feel. He has not lost any weight, and his appetite is still good. He pants frequently both night and day. My questions are: how likely is it that there is cancer in his shoulder that can't be seen? Is there something else very painful that could be happening in his shoulder? Could he have bone cancer further down in his leg without any signs of swelling? Should they xray his leg and foot? Is there anything else that we may not have thought about? It kills me to see him in pain and feel like we aren't helping him or getting to the bottom of it. Any insight or advice would be appreciated. Here is my sweet boy:
  9. We left for a 9 day vacation on July 1st and I had visited a kennel I though would be good for our grey. He's been with us about 4 months, is only newly turned 3, and this would be his first boarding experience. The place I visited and subsequently used for boarding said they were familiar with greyhounds because their facility is used by the group we adopted from for post-haul bathing, grooming etc. It looked like an OK place, and I was encouraged that they seemed to have some knowledge of a gh. I read online reviews and they seemed good. I told them I'd be calling to check up on him but whenever I did, no one answered the phone or returned my messages. I was pretty anxious but also 1500 miles away, with no one in town who could check on him for me. That said, we flew home & picked CJ up yesterday afternoon as soon as we'd gotten out of the airport and I could have cried when I saw him. He'd lost quite a bit of weight (I'd supplied the food, both canned & dry), was smelly/dusty/dirty, had developed a limp in his hind right leg, and his ears were crusted in blood which they said was from biting flies. They couldn't say what might have caused the limp and how long he'd had it. They dismissed the bloody ears as if that was a common thing I should have expected and never told me about his eating habits. I can only imagine how he was tormented by flies. I got him home and immediately bathed him, washing him 3 times until I could touch his ears without him cringing. I composed myself and an email to the kennel after contacting someone from our rescue group. Today I'm taking him to the vet to see about his leg. He's eating and seems ecstatic to be home. I feel like I'm starting all over with him to regain a good weight. Fortunately, he has such an exceptionally good nature that he doesn't seemed shell-shocked. Has anyone experienced something like this?
  10. Hi Pongo has been limping right front leg swinging out like a swimmer for about 3 months. We have had clean x-rays twice, good bloodwork and he's been on prednisone with no results. It seemed to get better for a bit then he got worse again. Hind end weakness too but strangely he doesn't seem to be in pain. Could it be tendonitis? Vet thinks soft tissue injury but it just doesn't let up. Any thoughts? Pongo is 12 next month!
  11. Hi Fellow greyhound friends, Last Friday while walking my two boys, Onyx stepped on something sharp and ended up with a cut on his back toe. The cut was rather deep and bleeding. I have been soaking his foot three times daily in Epsom salt but he was still a little lame on it, but nothing serious. We were going for our regular walks and he was fine. However as of last night, Tuesday he has not been putting any weight on that foot at all and has been pretty much hoping on three legs since yesterday. I took a closer look at his toe and it is badly swollen. The bottom part of the toe is much bigger in comparison to his other back toes and while nothing is oozing out of that toe-it looks huge (not the bone part, the pad/bottom part of the toe). I made a vet appointment for Friday morning. And continuing with the soaks and adding iodine solution to the epsom salt. I can't stand seeing him not put any weight on his back foot! I am so paranoid about my greyhounds. Has anyone else experience this? Is it always a matter of something embedded in his toe? Or can it be an infection on it's own? He does not have corns. Any suggestions before the vet visit would be appreciated.
  12. I'll try to make this as succinct as possible A year ago, my four year old Greyhound broke his toe (right front paw, "ring" toe) while running. My vet recommended a partial amputation. The break was at the closest joint to the claw. Surgery went smoothly, "Keith" recovered nicely. However, beginning a month or so ago, Keith began limping badly when walking on rough surfaces. He's fine on grass, carpet and other soft surfaces. He's even OK on smooth-ish concrete. In the back yard, he has no problem reaching full-speed. At first I thought it might be a corn, as these are classic symptoms for corns. Yesterday I took him into my vet, as the limping...again, mainly on rough surfaces...is becoming worse. No corns (or other pad-related problems) could be found, so he took an x-ray. Strangely, the x-ray clearly showed that, for lack of a better description, a (very thin) bone on the very left side of the toe had grown and/or extended sharply forward at the edge of the toe. You can feel it on the toe and, after walking, you can see corresponding redness at the point the bone is extended. My vet thinks he can perform minor surgery to (I guess) shave or otherwise alter the bone to alleviate what looks like outward pressure from the bone which may (or may not, I suppose) be causing the limping. Sigh. Not that it's likely, but has anyone else had this problem? I really don't want to go into the whole "full vs. partial amputation" debate. This problem is what it is. If anyone else has had this experience, I sure would like to hear from you. Thanks to all of you in advance.
  13. My 6 year-old grey, Scarlet has developed a limp. The vet thought it was shoulder pain/arthritis, and recommended glucosomine supplements. ]It's been a few months that she's been on the supplements and the limping is getting worse. We began to notice crustiness and discoloration on her outer toenail on her limping leg. Took her to the vet today, and he is perplexed, as Scarlet shows no painful reactions when he pushes on the toenail, and he doesn't detect the odor that accompanies an infection. I've attached a picture of her toenail...does this look familiar to anyone? Uploaded with ImageShack.com I am taking her to the vet tomorrow for an x-ray of the toe, and would love to share more input from fellow greyhound folks with my vet. He has good experience with sighthounds (he has a whippet at home) so I trust his judgement but would also love the expertise of other greyhound owners out there. Thanks!
  14. Could I ask for prayers, good thoughts, and healing vibes for Penny? She is at the vet today because in the last week she has developed quite a limp on her left hind. Last week the vet shot some radiographs of her knee, because it seemed painful, and saw no evidence of the evil C. However, she was also painful on hip extension and he needs her out in order to take those films. So she's in the office today, getting a dental and more radiographs. Looking back, it seems like this has been coming on gradually. I'd say the past month her energy level has been lower than usual. We attributed it to her need for a dental, as she has awful teeth (despite brushing and rinsing almost daily) and gets sort of all-over body sore when her teeth are hurting. Then last week I'd see her periodically hold up her back leg. I checked her all over and realized that the nails on the lame leg are not wearing down like the nails on the sound leg, which again makes me think this is something that has been coming on. After Friday's x-rays, we did a few days of Rimadyl and tramadol, which did lead to some (85%) improvement, but when we ran out of the mediation it was back, and worse. Yesterday she did quite a bit of hopping on three legs. She is a very active dog (hiking multiple times a week, dog park twice a week, etc) and so I keep hoping we've got a soft tissue injury or a bit of arthritis that has been aggravated, but you all know what I'm fearing. She is only 8 years old. She will likely be a miserable pup when she gets home tonight - I predict more extractions, and I just hope that's the worst that we have to deal with. I'm blessed with a greyhound-savvy vet, as well as a sister who is a small animal vet who is always just a phone call away. This is the princess Penelope Anne Houndie, just two weeks ago with her sister Treasure in the lead:
  15. Jack has been favouring his front left foot/leg for the past few days. It was just occasional for the last day or so (observable for less than a minute at a time), and I wasn't sure if I was seeing things (especially with us walking on uneven surfaces). Today though he was obviously favouring the foot, and I'm trying to get some input on how potentially urgent it is to get him to the vet (and also because I'm a paranoid hound-parent who thinks the worst). The limp is most prominent when he's either changing gaits (speeding up), or walking on an incline. It's noticibly improved indoors (and hasn't prevented him from performing his Mealtime Happy Dance or leaping onto the bed). My theory is this is a temperature thing, since today is the coldest it's been in over a week. The leg and foot don't seem tender, as Jack was happy for me to massage the leg, manipulate the joints, check the foot, etc. I didn't find any evidence of cuts, heat or swelling
  16. Pixie is limping this morning and we can't work out why. My husband says she was OK when she went out in the garden earlier, then when she jumped off her bed to say good morning to me the limp started. It's on the front right and she is lifting the paw. Thinking it might be cramp I have massaged the leg and shoulder. She has had a 50mg Rimadyl. She still had a little run in the garden (a few strides) despite the limp! It's beginning to look like it might be one of her toes. She whimpers when I touch the inner toe and webbing, and pulls it away. Yet I have examined it with a torch and can't see anything wrong, although the webbing is a little bit red. Any ideas?
  17. Adam Sunshine, who will be turning 12 in a few weeks, has been slightly 'off' for the past few days Moving differently if you know what I mean. . . yesterday his limp got more pronounced and progressively worse. He began slipping and having trouble doing the stairs, despite being on pain medication. His appointment is at 12:30, so if you could please spare a few good thought for this goofy boy And for Deb and Ed as well, they just lost Eric two weeks ago . . . . . .
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