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  1. Guest

    Which Bones

    First off I just wanted to say thanks to this forum, I've slowly started to come to terms with what being a greyhound owner means, and I'm really falling in love with my lil one, she's becoming a fantastic companion and it's thanks to the advice I got on this forum that helped the most, more so than my adoption group! My question now is, what bones can I give to her? I clean her teeth daily but her teeth are not in amazing condition (or particularly bad) and I'd like to give her something to chew on that will last a while and help keep her teeth clean, I've read loads of contrasting things about giving greyhounds certain bones and I'm a little bit confused! I would ideally like one that I can give to her for half an hour or so to keep her occupied whilst I'm cooking or doing chores around the kitchen, obviously the longer lasting the better. I'd like to know aswell how often they can be given bones and for how long in a session etc.
  2. My dog 3,she with us for no longer than 2 months. She has the habit of collecting things, we started to hide everything, closing some doors. But today we were out for more time than usual, when we arrived we found: -headphones: plastic part eaten, destroyed; - metal part of USB cable eaten; - heavy bag of apples those were in the kitchen island, which is high. No matter how we try to hide things, she seemed to learn how to open doors and started to chew cables. She ate 1,5 avocados once and with the time it's getting worst. She has 3 or 4 walks a day, plenty of toys, Antler, chewable treats and also those mind games with treats hidden,she's pretty good with them. She is also spooked so I couldn't make her comfortable with long walks. My worries are about her safety, no matter how we try to hide things, is hard to hide TV or computer cables and nearly everything, our counter is high and she still can get things from there. I'm still worried about the metal part of USB cable that she ate. The vet said to observe any vomits or unusual behavior,but definitely I'm worried about her eating something dangerous that we don't know yet that is possibly dangerous to her. We're told by the rescue to muzzle her in the beginning, I do know they can drink water and eat with them, but I find very sad let her muzzled. Any tips for this spooked eater girl?
  3. Hello! I am so glad this community exists. I have been lurking for a while, but I have a question for you SA experienced greyt parents out there. I have a new rescue, a little girl named Kira that is 2.4. She only ran two races and she was very lucky to be retired early in September First, I want to say that I know this is only day 5 and (after reading this forum) I realize that I have been extremely lucky. She is calm and has even started playing/tail wagging. I have never met a more chill or tolerant dog. I can touch her mouth, paws, ears, and she is okay. She also pees and poos on a leash! We had an issue yesterday that is making me worried...I locked myself out for 1.5 hours (don't ask). She had no radio or stuffed Kong toy. When I got back in she had clawed and chewed the front door. The neighbors said she cried loudly the entire time. No accidents, and it was right before her normal walk. I will have class for 6 hours starting on Monday and we will crate her then. She is on that schedule now and holds it just fine. I'm a bit worried by the crying. I wonder if she hears other people in the apartments around us and feels lonely? Here is a little background information: She was matched to us because we live in an apartment and can only have 1 dog. The organization said she'd be okay alone, that she was very quiet, and didn't seem to be a redecorator. She is socially motivated and not always interested in treats. However, she was not in foster care at the rescue organization. Do to some emergencies, they had to place her in an kennel for two months until we adopted her. The conditions probably were not great and the organization won't ever place a dog with them again. She still has kennel coat, bald patches, and knobs on her elbows from insufficient bedding. She was much more anxious then she had been when they placed her there. She was also attacked by a non grey 2 weeks ago at the kennel. She is healing and okay with me treating the wounds, but she is now terrified of other dogs. Other than getting her spayed, she has not seen a vet since her vaccinations before her transport from Ireland. We are taking her for a work up on Tuesday. Any advice for getting her more comfortable around other dogs? She hides behind me on walks. i am wondering if the kennel or the attack might have triggered anxiety and if she has SA? Otherwise, she isn't a velcro dog. She hangs out on her bed while I am in other rooms. This forum has been great for alone training advice. I put on the radio sometimes when I'm not leaving so she doesn't associate it with being left. I also put on coat and jingle keys, leave for 30 seconds and come right back. I've been careful not to overdue the attention. I tried to get her used to the baby gate last night. She freaked and cried when I used it to quickly clean. She also loudly cried when my husband and I closed the our office door to assemble her crate. We wait until she stops and ignore her until she calms down to not encourage her. It seems to be getting worse. However, no gate or door and she doesn't always want to be in the same room. Any advice in addition to going to square one for alone training? Is this normal for a grey's first week in the house? Is there anything I might have missed? Sorry, still figuring out how to post a pic of her pretty face.
  4. Prescription Glasses: $300 Arms of prescription sunglasses: $45 Boots: $200, repaired for $40 Boots: $125, ruined. Books: too many to count 4 dark chocolate bars: $875 in vet bills and the list goes on.......... Auggie, 3, whom we've had for 7 months today, has tendency to get a hold of things he shouldn't have and chews them to death when we aren't home. We are as diligent as we can be about keeping these items out of reach/behind closed doors/gates, but we sometimes lapse in our responsibilities. He has plenty of chewies and other chew toys, gets a kong when we leave in the morning, but we are otherwise at a loss on how to stop this destructive behavior. He is always caught after the fact, so being stern with him is pointless. We don't want to go back to crating him during the day for the rest of his life (that crate is huge and our house is small......). Any suggestions to help turn this behavior around???
  5. Cole's bottom canines are ground all the way down to nubs, perhaps from chewing on his crate at the track? What I'm wondering is if there is especial caution or care I need to take, and if it is still okay to give him meaty bones to chew or if any chewing will worsen this or cause more issues?
  6. Background: About two weeks ago on February 8th at 5:00 p.m. our Preacher learned how to counter surf. He ate 12 protein bars and a leftover bag of popcorn. Alright- we moved food into the kitchen and closed it off. Then he got into our CANNED sardines and opened them up and ate the fish. Then later when my husband left him alone for ~ 3 minutes he managed to get a roll of paper towels. He only does this when we aren't there. I don't understand, he's never had a problem like this before. He tried to chew a little when we got him 6 months ago, but with a little coaxing from us he stopped. We crate him, but I feel bad cooping him up for 10 or more hours a day. Our new solution is to keep a muzzle on him when we aren't able to observe him. My question: Is there a maximum number of hours to keep a muzzle on him? Doing it for a few hours while we go to see friends seems ok, but is 10 hours when we are at work too much?
  7. Hi everyone. We've had our wonderful 4-year-old Evie about a month now, and most things are going just swell. The first few weeks she was kind of timid, but has started coming out of her shell in lots of ways-- mostly good, but unfortunately one bad. It seems she has a penchant for plastic. . .pens in particular. At first we hypothesied that it was because they were the approximate size and shape of a bully stick. But then she managed to eat part of a small, plastic coin. We have tried to be vigilant about keeping things up (not easy. . . we have a 9-year old boy), and then last night I caught her with a refrigerator magnet off of the fridge! I don't even know how she did that! She has toys, a Kong, and we do give her rawhides or bully-type things daily. She has a Nylabone. She seems to do it even on days where she has had a good walk, and she seems to do it when she is feeling frisky, i.e. first thing in the morning and after dinner. She is crated when we are gone at this point, so this all happens when we are home and close by. So, any words of wisdom or advice? She does seem to be always hungry, but we feed her 4 c of California Naturals Lamb and Rice a day, which is more than the bag recommends. Her weight 67/8 which is right above her racing weight of 65. She does chew a little in her crate when we are gone, mainly on the bedding. P.S. she does seem to be consuming parts of the plastic, which obviously is my main concern. I also don't want this behavior to spread.
  8. Our newest family member, Mika, is a rather over-zealous when playing with his stuffies. We have a growing pile of "needs to be mended." It's a little sad, since our other grey, Zoe, really likes to play with stuffies and does not chew them up, but we keep having to remove them. He's thinned the herd from about a dozen toys down to just two, and one of them may not last much longer. I bought a toy I thought would be sturdy that had no stuffing, and was made of ballistic nylon. While I was making dinner last night and my partner was in the bathroom, apparently he decapitated the toy and ate the large squeaker out of it. We know this because he started vomiting bits of plastic in the middle of the night. The last vomit was liquid only with no plastic, and he seems fine now. Fortunately my partner was pulling an all-nighter, and so was there to keep him from re-ingesting the plastic! We're keeping an eye on him to make sure there's no obstructions, but he seems OK so far. P&P normally, and ate his breakfast. So my question is, what toys do you give a dog who LOOOOVES to play with them but totally destroys things? We do give him frozen kongs stuffed with goodies, but we need more ideas.
  9. Hi all, We are in the process of adopting a grey who is in foster for another week and a half. We have an existing 12 year old mixed breed dog who is smaller- around 30 pounds, and I have a few questions about having more than one dog. We have not allowed our existing dog to have toys because he is a toy destroyer -- he tears up stuffies and eats the squeakers (and similarly destroys dog beds.) We've given him things like a Kong, but he is a little possessive with them (maybe a 5 on a scale of 1-10, but occasionally more than I am comfortable with) and since we had our son (who is 9), it was just easier to not have any toys about. He does play well with a tennis ball in the yard, even with my son, but if he brings it inside he gets growly and a little snappish. So, I am hearing from the foster mom that our new grey LOVES toys, and I want her to be able to have them. What would you do with our Sr. dog? How do dogs generally work the toy thing out? Should I have toys for our Sr. dog and be working on desensitizing him to my son (and later the other dog) touching his toys? Or should we just have him be the "no toy" dog? He doesn't seem super motivated by them (he seems to know he is not allowed). In fact, we have had a nyla bone that my son bought for him in the entryway for 3 days that he has completely ignored. The other issue is that we do allow him (since he's been about 10) to be on the furniture and my son's bed. Can he be the furniture dog, without us letting the grey up on everything too? We held off until he was getting older and just more comfortable on the chairs, etc. He has never liked the floor, and since he eats his beds, we felt it was the only alternative. I know there are a lot of variables, but I am just wondering what others might do. Thanks a bunch!
  10. About 2 days ago I noticed Zuri chewing on the base of his tail, right where it meets his back end. He's continued to do it and the skin is red and irritated. Not sure if that's from the chewing or he's chewing because of it. Does anyone have any thoughts on what could be causing this or anything that would be safe to try to see if it resolves? He's 8 now and has never needed his anal glands expressed so that seem unlikely to me but not impossible. There's no sign of fleas in our house or on him. He doesn't seem to be in any pain. I'm having a hard time thinking of anything else that would be localized to that area. Obviously my first choice would be to just take him into the vet and that's usually not an issue, but this is probably the worst week imaginable to have to try to squeeze that in on top of his existing PT and dental consult appts (and my dentist appt...and ridiculous workload...and so on) as I try to get ready to leave for Pgh on Thursday. I imagine I'm just going to have to find a way to do it, but any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!
  11. Chase has been with us for nearly 11 months now. We thought things had finally settled down. Last week, we noticed that he was starting to chew things he had never tried to chew before: rubber drink coasters, a hardback book come to mind. On Monday, he got ahold of my 8 year old daughter's glasses while she was in the shower. He destroyed them. That night, he got her wooden clog and chewed the heel. He chewed the heel of the other tonight. Before you ask, he has plenty of toys that he plays with on a regular basis. NOTHING has changed about his diet, routine, health, or living situation in the past three months, save one thing: we have intentionally cut back on his walks at the recommendation of his vet, as he was having some very minor problems due to too much exercise. He told us to go from two a day/15 minute walks down to one 15 minute walk every other day. This was changed well over a month ago, though. Ideas? Input? Suggestions? Reprimands? Thanks...
  12. Doug started chewing and licking a focused area of his mid-tail two days ago, and it quickly started looking red, raw, and sore. I tried wrapping it in a strip of fabric yesterday, but he consistently managed to push the fabric off and get back to nibbling on the area. Today, when taking a closer look, he yelped when I pressed gently on it. (Poor dude!) I cleaned the spot with non-sting alcohol wipes, smeared it with antibacterial gel, and wrapped it in gauze and tape. I'm also trying my best to catch him when he starts investigating the area. Anything else I should do? Is there a point when I should take the matter to the vet?
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