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  1. 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!
  2. Hi there, first time poster but long-time lurker here. My 9-year-old boy, Homer, has shown some discomfort in his back feet since around Christmastime. He has a really wonky outer toe that (we think) healed badly after dislocation from his racing days, and sometimes gets "stuck" underneath his foot...but he started appearing to shift weight to the bad foot from the good foot, and not want to stand firmly on both back feet. He's shifting weight from foot to foot the way you see horses do. It's been like a roller coaster trying to figure out what's wrong. Our vet did a thorough physical exam back in December and couldn't find a thing wrong, and we speculated it was muscle pain that should resolve itself. We did acquire a second little houndie (Archie) back in late October, who does bounce around like a freight train and admittedly bumps his older brother a lot. Alas, he's still shifting weight from foot to foot, so back to the vet this week. He has been bounding through the snow, though, and loves a walk as always. He's sometimes stiff when he gets up from bed, and sometimes there's a hitch in his stride while he walks. We're still going to low-impact agility class and he's happy to go and do it! Another grey owner suggested I think about corns, and I posted some pictures to that Facebook group, the group thought it was a corn. Back to the vet, and the vet thinks no corns, but suddenly we find that Homer's lower back is very, very sore. He cried out when palpated, and now come the x-rays (looks like the tender spot was around L 3-4). It could be some arthritis in his back, but the x-rays looked basically clear to my vet. Sent those films to the radiologist and haven't heard back yet. Could be spondylosis? Meanwhile, for his pain, vet wanted to think about NSAIDs, but wanted to check blood and urine first. Good idea, and the results come back about the same as his baseline chemistry last year. A touch elevated, but "mild." Vet today suggests we take some more blood and send to Cornell for a more sensitive Lyme test, since the kidney values + lameness could suggest Lyme, even though he has always been vaccinated and the preliminary blood test came back negative. It's just so frustrating. He has been a healthy dog, and I now know he's in pain but can't help him (yet). Feeling really guilty about not being able to resolve it, honestly. Just generally venting, but wondered if anyone had the same experience with the lower back pain and shifting weight between the hind feet? Grateful this resource is here, too!
  3. 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
  4. I can't believe I'm writing this, but I think we may have found a cure for our greyhounds' corns! Our 9-year-old female, Joy, has had terrible corns for the past year or so. It got so bad that she was lame on one leg and could barely walk even with pain medication. We tried everything (hulling, duct tape, Gorilla tape, Burt's Bees, O'Keeffe's, azithromycin, ichthammol, lysine, Kerasol), but nothing helped. Then we ran into a pediatrician at a greyhound event, who told us how he treated his greyhound with cimetidine (brand name Tagamet), which has been used in humans to treat viral warts (see, for example, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14693487).He gave his girl 400mg cimetidine every 12 hours for 6 weeks, after which he reduced the dose to 200mg every 12 hours for 4 weeks. He didn't start to see an effect until 5 weeks of treatment, but now she's completely corn free! We're just past 5 weeks with Joy, and I'm thrilled to report that her corns are much better! In fact, they've all but disappeared on three of her paws, and the worst one is shrinking. We're still hulling it, but each time the size of the hulled corn is smaller. And Joy can walk again without pain medication! We still use booties to protect her paws outside (a combination of Therapaws/Slicks/Neopaws in the summer and Voyagers K9 in the winter), but she can walk and run inside without any booties at all. I can't begin to express how grateful we are! If you wish to try this treatment, my only caution would be to check with your vet first. He or she may want to do blood tests to make sure your grey's liver and kidney values are okay. You might also want to do followup blood tests partway through treatment to make sure your pup is tolerating it okay. We haven't noticed any ill effects, but every dog is different. Also, since cimetidine is an acid reducer, it could potentially affect digestion and/or absorption of other medicines. In any case, if you have a greyhound who is suffering from corns, please discuss this with your vet! Here's the link for generic cimetidine at Walgreens, which is what we're using: https://www.walgreens.com/store/c/walgreens-cimetidine-200-acid-reducer-tablets/ID=prod6022304-product
  5. My 3 years old greyhound has started limping about 3 weeks ago. The first thing I did is to check her foot/pads to see if there wasn't any sign of injury there. I couldn't really see anything except one tiny little dark dot on one of her pad. I took her to the vet who checked her foot, leg etc. and couldn't find anything obvious. She wasn't worried about the tiny dot. I left that day with Deramaxx for a week. The medication really helped the limp but when I ran out, it came back as bad as it was. Also, I have to mention the limp is not consistent. Sometimes, it's very subtle, sometimes it's severe to the point where she stops and lifts her foot. Long story short, I got x-rays done and everything came back normal. This morning, I noticed the small dot on her pad got a little bigger and the color around it has changed as well. I looked at images of corns on the web but the appearance seem to vary so much, it's hard to know for sure if we're dealing with that. After the x-rays, the vet recommended that I rest her for 2 weeks (5 mins walks, no jumping, no stairs) and if things don't get better in a few weeks, she wants me to see an orthopedic vet. This has been quite expensive so far, I really want to get a second opinion on her foot before I go see a specialist. It just doesn't look right to me. I hope the links to the photos will work... is it a corn we're dealing with? Wet pad: https://goo.gl/photos/N8kUuHm6p3D5Zc1U6 Dry pad: https://goo.gl/photos/qagH6h7KR1Qrnrc26 Dry pad: https://goo.gl/photos/VjX7wepz9kR4N9gA8 Thanks in advance for your feedback!
  6. 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?
  7. Well, the good news is that my gorgeous tripod boy Sid is ten years old! He didn't have a bad day - lots of cuddles and time spent with him, and chicken livers & gravy in his kibble that night. The bad news is that he has a corn on his single hind leg. Does anyone have any experience with tripods with corns? He has got progressively worse, mobility-wise, over the last year, but in the last month he's really gone downhill to the point where he can no longer walk on tarmac or stone and sometimes finds it hard to get over thresholds. It has become dangerous to cross a road with him because he can suddenly fall on his backside and he doesn't get up quickly. We've tried four different types of boot. He hates them all, and has a really bad day after he's worn one for a short while, which we put down to muscle cramps because of 'walking funny'. He has worn one in the past, but now he's afraid to walk in them. My vets couldn't even see a corn and said it was likely to be muscular. They didn't think it was his back or his hip, and he's had that leg x-rayed. I could see something I thought was a corn, and so could the hydrotherapy guy (who is a greyhound trainer). So I asked for a referral and on Friday we took him down to Queen's Veterinary School Hospital at Cambridge where he was seen by a general medicine vet, an orthopaedic surgeon, and a neurologist. We also took along a video of him running along on grass and creasing up when he got to tarmac, almost falling on his backside after a few paces, only to recover again when he hit grass. So yeah. It took three specialists to diagnose a corn, and he's having surgery on Tuesday. They'll keep him till he can walk - unless, of course, he gets depressed, but he seemed very happy to go off with them for tests. Wish us luck. I hate to send him in for it but it seems his best shot. The video is huge (64MB) so unless I can upload it to YouTube I can't show you, but it's quite dramatic. The vet school wanted to keep a copy for teaching purposes!
  8. We have started the Murray Avenue Apothecary hyaluronic acid and proprietary corn cream treatment with poor Poncho who isn't terribly bothered by his corn, but who we hate to see limp at all on hard surfaces. The time investment is daunting because we both work 12-hour days, but we're going to do the best we can for him. We've started a corn category for posting on our Dutch Poncho blog, but I thought perhaps I might also keep a brief log here for reference, and any assistance that it might be to others who stumble upon this thread. Here is the initial posting with background about Poncho's corn and its treatment: Greyhound Corn Treatment - Dutch Poncho. And, here is the initial photo of the corn just prior to the first treatment:
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