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  1. My 6.5 yr old greyhound, Gator, developed a limp about 5 days ago. Like many, I assumed he had injured himself because he's always been pretty clumsy. As the limp remained, I tried to determine the source. I pushed, squeezed, and pulled on each toe, bone, joint, etc. Gator didn't really give any reaction to help me find where, other than his front left leg. I did all the research, and came up with a lot of things it could be. I took Gator to the vet. They thought his shoulder was swollen and suggested x-rays. Now they think it could be a tumor, but didn't really seem sure (see attached x-rays). They talked about the idea of amputating. They gave him some pain meds. He doesn't seem like he's in a lot off pain. He will still go sprint in the backyard. Just keeps limping. I asked if there were different ways to know for sure? I had them run some bloodwork. We just had some in June, which was all fine, so they can at least compare the numbers. I should have that back tomorrow They talked about getting an MRI as another way to "know for sure". Do you think its worthwhile getting an MRI? Should we amputate the leg if it is OS? Gator is my first greyhound.
  2. GREAT NEWS! GREAT NEWS! Pickle's corns came out today! It only took me about 10 minutes per pad using a dental root elevator and beauty scissors. Slow and steady and no greyhound screams nor blood. The prep only took 1 week. Burts Bees hand salve on her pads 4x per day. NO filing down the corns during the week as they need to be left to separate from the pad. Therapaws boots on every walk so she was cushioned whilst the corns were hardening and separating. Using the dental elevator I just picked at the edges slowly, you can easily see the corn coming away from the pad. A little snipping with the scissors to move things along. The corns finally just slowly peeled away from her flesh. Pickle was awesome and is already walking great! Just want to see what grows back and will keep putting Burts Bees on once a day! (PS. 3 different vets wanted to surgically remove the corns for £250 with a 90% chance they would return - plus all that pain and healing!)
  3. My five year-old hound Leni has been limping on her back right paw on occasion. Part of the pad looks to be a little raw (not the part that touches the ground when she walks) and she's had something that looks like a blood blister for awhile. Any ideas on what this could be and how I could help? Thanks! Here is a link to some photos: https://imgur.com/a/dTJmoyE
  4. Almost-13-year-old Uri's feet have been bleeding - after finding dots of blood everywhere for a few weeks, it took me a while to trace it to which dog and where. He has pink raw spots on his feet, on the outer toes, behind and above the pads (so not right on the pad). They open up and are bloody after he walks, then settle down, but stay raw, then repeat at the next walk. He has arthritis and is on meds, I have noticed he is limping worse but I don't know if it's a chicken or the egg thing - is he limping, and a change in gait is causing the outer toes to drag? Or is there some reason he has these wounds and the pain from them is making him limp? I'm trying to care for them - ointments, maunka honey, bandaids, socks, but not much is helping. Has anyone seen wounds like this before? Occurring symmetrically? I wish there was a way I could help them heal and not re-open without a vet visit. As he ages and gets more anxious, vet visits become more and more traumatic for him.
  5. Hello! I took my 4 year old ex racer on a slightly more ambitious walk than usual at the weekend - he gets quite a lot of exercise in general (for a greyhound anyway), 1 or 2 sprints a day (when he feels like it) plus at least an hour or two of walking a day. He can normally cover about 5 miles a day with no problems, and has done a 10 mile walk with no complaints (just followed by a few days snoozing!) At the weekend we did about 6 miles, but up some hills and a bit of rocky terrain. He seemed perfectly happy at the time, was skipping around at the top of hills etc but that evening he started to limp on his back leg. I checked his pads for damage and there's nothing I can see or feel. It does seem to be worse when he's just woken up, which could mean it's muscular? Otherwise, perhaps he just feels it more when he wakes up then gets used to it being a bit painful? He's not tatting at his paw or leg at all, so it's hard to tell which bit is actually causing him the issue I've tried to feel his leg / flex his joints and he doesn't appear to be in any pain - likewise he doesn't cry when he puts weight on it (which he will, seemingly happily, do after a little while of being awake) but he can be a bit stoic about these things. Previously he cut his paw badly on glass and it didn't bother him in the slightest - not a whimper or any sulking at all. It doesn't seem to be getting worse, but I'm worried as he can be a bit stoic, he might just be getting used to it being uncomfortable, rather than it actually getting better. Does anyone have any tips for checking for damage / things to watch out for? Or any idea when I should start to see signs of improvement or anything I can do to help him out?
  6. I adopted my first greyhound in June 2015. Mobi is a 3 year old, male greyhound that suddenly developed a limp on New Year's Eve. He is putting very little weight on his front left leg. However, he does not seem to be in pain and tries to jump and run at any opportunity. I took him to the vet right away, but the vet could not find anything wrong with him after poking and prodding him thoroughly. He was prescribed a pain reliever (Previcox) and showed little improvement during and after treatment. On Tuesday (1/19), I took him back to the vet for x-rays of his entire leg and nothing unusual was found. The vet did say that his shoulder muscles seemed knotted and prescribed a muscle relaxant. I was just curious if anyone has had a similar experience with their greyhound? I am not entirely convinced that a muscle knot is causing the problem, but I am at a loss for what to do now. It's still early into the second treatment, but it doesn't seem to be making any difference. Any advice would be appreciated.
  7. 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!
  8. Our wonderful (with the exception of poop eating) Greta has had a limp in her back leg these past 24 hrs. We noticed it on our short walk yesterday. She kind of shook her leg funny and we noticed it was quivering a little bit and she is mildly limping. She was panting and pacing heavily last night, which is mainly attributable to fireworks in our 'hood (Mexico had a big win in wWorld Cup so there were big celebration fireworks) but she was panting again today (some small firecrackers during afternoon today). I also noticed a slight quivering/limp today. I told DH absolutely NO running for her through Friday and if she's still limping Friday I'll take her to vet Saturday. Please send a good thought that it's just a little sprain or something.... and it goes away by Friday. She's only 8.5. xo UPDATE Sunday morning 6/29: Took Greta and Stella to vet this morning (more out of concern for the rough, scaly patch on Greta's ear-- fearing it might be ringworm). Vet thoroughly manually examined Greta's back leg and found no reason for concern. Said to keep an eye on it and let him know if she seems to limp again. She does have a bacterial infection in her ear and looking at Stella this morning, Stella also had a small similar looking patch on her ear which he thinks must also be bacterial. He gave them drops and took cultures to send to lab to test for ringworm, though the patch didn't glow in the blacklight device thing and he said it didn't present like classic ringworm. Fingers crossed that the labs come back negative on ringworm, that the bacterial drops work and that the Vectra flea meds he prescribed kill those little m'f'ing fleas!
  9. Greta was running around in our backyard like a banshee this morning. When she was finished, I thought I noticed an ever so slight limp or jauntiness to her back leg. This evening when she went out to do her business, it seemed the same (not worse, not better). I could even be imagining it. Anyway, reason and rational thinking would lead me to conclude she might've tweaked her leg or hip a little while she was doing zoomies. Obviously I'll keep an eye on her, but tell me, is it ever just a strain? Or is that something we say to ourselves? I've never had a dog strain a muscle, tendon, ligament, etc. I'm new to that kind of owie!
  10. Hi all, I hope you don't mind me joining your great forum but I am in desperate need of some advice and it seems like greyhound owners could be my best shot at some balanced opinion. I have a 6.5 y/o Mastiff who weighs in around 85kg. He is now classed as an OAP as giant breeds typically do not live beyond 8 years of age. The past few days my partner and I have noticed some slight, intermittent limping but other than that he has been fine. Last night I took him to the vets (expecting him to have developed a bit of arthritis) and they have said he has corns on both front feet (main, central pads). The placement of the corns aren't on the flat central area but rather on the edge of the pad almost in the gap between his toes. The vet has referred us to a specialist to have them surgically removed. Due to his size and advanced age they do not want to do it themselves as there is a chance we will lose him on the table which has happened to a good number of Mastiff-owning friends so we are naturally reluctant to put him through this at his age. Ultimately, I won't let him suffer and if surgery is the right thing to do I will do it but it seems very extreme to go down this route when there could be other options we could try first. Additionally, my research tells me corns can always come back so I don't really want to risk the his life for an operation on something that might come back in future. I'm particularly interested in any other methods of management/treatment that you all have experience of. I've read on another site about things like cider vinegar, lemon juice, pumice stones and even baking soda mixed in water as a bath for the feet. I think with his advancing years and size I would like to at least try managing the corns initially because they don't seem to bother him too much before going down the surgical route. Either way I will at least take him to the specialist for a second opinion as you can never have too much advice but definitely interested in anything the members on this forum might have tried with their own pets. Any advice is greatly appreciated - we are worried sick about having him operated on. Thanks so much, Paul.
  11. Hi Everyone, After my last question here, re: inappropriate peeing when playing (on his bed) and reading everyone else's experiences, I chalked that up to just excited peeing. He's done it only once since, while playing in his 'sandbox'-got running around in full crazy dog and then he peed in the hole he was digging to lay in, then thought 'eww, now I don't want to now, can I come in?'... Goober. This morning, he (7 yo. retired racer in excellent health) got up to come outside for morning walkies, and didn't seem to be able to feel his right hind, put it down and then sort of waved it a bit, put it down, walked very oddly on it but walked nonetheless. We walked to the road, he stood on his right hind to lift the other one and pee, twice - no problem. Gait was still a bit NQR but no pain, not bothered by it. Still a bit off while I was making his breakfast, but came zooming out and sat for it as normal. When he was done I gave him a once over, nothing on his pads or feet, no pain or reaction at all when I squeezed both hind toes. It was still a bit 'off' when I left him to go for work but he got around just fine. I have never seen a dog sleep and get up with his leg asleep like sometimes happens to humans, could it be this? I also applied K9 Advantix II yesterday, on shoulders and at the base of his tail where he can't reach it, and now of course I'm paranoid because I hate that stuff, but I also hate trips to the EVet for Lyme and Anaplasmosis crises and the ticks have been disgusting this year. Any thoughts about what it could be? I'm not panicking (well, I guess I am or I wouldn't be here....), I can always call my vet tomorrow if it gets worse, just wondering what y'all think. Thanks!
  12. I have a sweet playful 3 yr old 55 lb. female who started limping 2 1/2 weeks ago. I took her to the vet when after 48 hrs she was not improving and he put her on vetprophen. She did get some better but not much and was still very much her silly playful self. This week he examined her & narrowed the problem down to her left front knee/elbow. She has never yelped or "complained" - only limped. He put her on 10mg prednisone 2X's a day for 5 days then 10mg once a day for 5 days. This is day 2 and the limp is gone but so is my playful girl. She seems very lethargic and sad. Should I be concerned? We are also trying to get rid of chronic hookworms with Nemex if that matters. I have 3 cats but she is my first dog and a treasure. Thank you for any insight.
  13. 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?
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