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  1. Hello all, Posted on here previously regarding what I thought was an old injury or lameness on front right leg Dog has such a contrast in behavior when walking etc that I'm not sure what is causing the issue? He had a corn removed via flexor tenotomy on the left front, no issues other than a bad reaction to metacam and 4 nights in vet hospital with a blood transfusion. Other pads are fine. I thought by removing the corn on his front left would solve the issue with the hobble. Unfortunately he still hobbles badly time to time, looking uncomfortable on the right front. Other times he can run flat out and jump around without yelping etc. I can lift the leg and move toes, press shoulder etc without him yelping or any obvious signs of real pain. All I can say is it seems worse in the morning and I notice a lot of downward dog stretches. This has been intermittently happening for the around 8 months. His old race record shows he has had a year off which I assume was a bad injury. Apologies for the novel, just I have spent thousands £s after his bad stint post flexor surgery. Money is tight at the moment and I am trying to avoid spending loads more on investigations. Trying to do the best for the dog but he seems to cause me more stress and anxiety. Sometimes I feel I should have gone for a less sensitive breed 😔. Hoping someone on here has had a similar issue or could shed some light? I have attached two video links for contrast. Many thanks
  2. Hi Everyone, Since adopting my dog over a year and a half ago, I have gone through a few health issues. Despite all this he is a proper character and is spritely for a Grey! My first Greyhound so it was quite a learning curve for both of us. My Greyhound had a corn since I got him, its located on the left front leg, inside toe where he has had a nail removed (never grown back). He must of been injured fairly badly as his racing record shows over a year off the track - retiring at 4. This is also evident by a scar at the top of left leg/chest. Long story short, after numerous tries to remove and manage the corn I went down the flexor tenotomy route. Dog had a massive reaction to anesthetic and I nearly lost him, a transfusion and 3 days in emergency care luckily seemed to save him. This flexor scar itself recovered well and corn looks to be reducing (6 weeks post op). He has always intermittently seemed to "limp" or put more weight on the front right, hence my decision to go with surgery thinking the corn on front left was causing the issue. Post surgery he is still seems to bear a bit more weight on the right front leg, this may only be twice on a walk. The best way I could describe it is like a strange gait or slight intermittent hobble? the dog has never lifted the leg itself and will put weight down the whole walk. The dog shows no signs of pain when flexing the leg or moving the wrists/toes/pads etc, he will run and jump around in the house doing the mad 5 minutes, jump in the car.. This is just something I notice occasionally on walk every now and then. I have also recalled seeing it once after a playful running around session, I let him off regular and it wont happen every time. He seems otherwise happy, lively and healthy. He will come on long walks with me and doesn't slow up or ever refuse to walk. I would say I notice it more on the morning walk, although I am not 100% He has been vet checked on multiple occasions and they can't seem to find any obvious signs of pain when doing a physical assessment, obviously all feet have been checked thoroughly for corns and nothing has flagged. The vet I use are well regarded and are the main vet for my local greyhound rescue group. Due to the bad reaction and poor health from the anesthetic previous, I am reluctant to put him under again to investigate this further if not necessary. I have spent every penny I own to keep him alive post op and I am not in a financial situation to spend thousands more. I feel frustrated and at a bit of a loss at what to do? My worry is that I question myself whether he is struggling and I am just being ignorant. Has anyone out there ever had a hound that was previously injured and has just accepted that the dog will always have a distinct hobble or quirk etc.? I am naturally an overthinker anyway , in hindsight I maybe should of chose a more "hardy" breed. Any info or suggestions would be greatly appreciated Many thanks!
  3. My dog, Tony, has been suffering from lameness for over three weeks now in his front left paw. It all started with a slight limp that turned into a high fever, all in the span of one afternoon. Bloodwork and X-rays came back normal. Ultrasound revealed an enlarged spleen. Infection of his toe is what was suspected, as his toe was swelling up at this point. He was put on antibiotics (clavamos) and steroids (prednisone). By day 3, his entire foot was swollen and by day 4, his back foot started to swell and he had red skin on his front right leg. I took him back to the vet and they changed antibiotics and also gave him medicine for vasculitis. He was very lethargic and did not want to walk at all. In a lot of pain. Two days after the new antibiotics the swelling was almost all gone and the other limbs looked normal again. (Baytril and Doxycycline). I think they took some fluid from the toe and it came back as an infection, but I am still unclear of the results. He has another appointment tomorrow because he has finished all medications and is still limping and holding paw up to walk. Swelling is down, but toe looks raised compared to other toes and is red between the toes. Has anyone heard of anything like this?? The vet called it a “challenging case.” I tried to attach pictures, but is says the file size is too large. Added google drive pics if that works. The picture of the leg that’s all red and swollen foot is what it looked like 2 weeks ago. The other pictures are from today. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QVJtXIGwBDtgnRfUrl3BX-x29pYKBudV/view?usp=drivesdk https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hQ1Qlqmw5x8ZsyRE73o9bjNoXdIBhBFl/view?usp=drivesdk https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jovWGHUixZgugvOOz8LvVHvyeZGOyRHN/view?usp=drivesdk https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JeYHTWdq0HwhSQCx39Ygl-_r4oLBWKMQ/view?usp=drivesdk https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GaERYYo2RYj6CcjqwyZ3VYGgfJvrHi6A/view?usp=drivesdk
  4. 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 .
  5. Hi, We are new first time adopters of a beautiful female grey (6 yrs old). We've had her just six weeks and she is wonderful. She started limping 3-4 days ago. She's very energetic and loves doing zoomies and sprints in the back yard, and after one of these sessions the limping started. Today, we took her to the vet for the first time and he identified the pain in her back left hip. We have her on anti-inflamatories, but he said if it doesn't improve in 3-4 days we need to do x-rays to look for bone cancer. We are obviously very worried and a bit freaked out having only had her six weeks. Does anyone have insight or advice for brand new owners on this topic? Thanks so much...
  6. Hi All, New owner of Arrow (six weeks) with new question about limping: Ours had a nice run of circles and zoomies in our small back yard yesterday. She took a walk last night and did great. Then this morning she had a slight limp. It seemed to go away after a few minutes so we thought it might just be that her leg was asleep or a cramp, etc. But she froze worse than every before on her walk this morning, then when we got home she started limping again. It seems to kind of go away after a while of walking, but it's been persisting all day, particularly right when she gets up. We suspect it may be a cracked nail, but not completely sure. When do you all decide a limp means a vet visit? Also, we keep finding different bits of advice as to how often to clip: every two weeks, 6-8 weeks. Any thoughts? Thank you all so much - this forum has been priceless for a new grey owner!
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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
  11. 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?
  12. 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?
  13. 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:
  14. 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!
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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!
  18. 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:
  19. 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
  20. 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?
  21. 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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