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  1. Dr. Linda L. Blythe, co~author of "Care of the Racing & Retired Greyhound" joins Greyhounds Make Great Pets live on July 12, 2019 to share her vast experience on the care and health of racing greyhounds which can aid current and future adopters to better understand their retired racing greyhounds as they become beloved pets. https://www.voiceamerica.com/promo/episode/116095 Greyhounds Make Great Pets every Friday at 10 AM Pacific/1 PM Eastern only on VoiceAmerica.com All shows are available on-demand on iTunes, Spotify or download. Dr. Blythe's bio: Linda L. Blythe, DVM, PhD, DipACVSMR, is a native of California, receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1974 and PhD in 1978 from UCDavis. After graduation, she was recruited to the newly funded College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. She has taught veterinary neurology, toxicology, and sports medicine for 39 years to the veterinary students and received a number of awards for her teaching. Her research focus was initially on neurological diseases in horses, but when the Oregon Racing Commission helped legislate part of racing handle to study the problems of racing Greyhounds, Dr. Blythe began studying this special breed of dog. Initial studies were on prerace dehydration and its effect on race performance and the development of the International Greyhound Research Database as a source of information for owners and trainers. But in time, she realized that what was most needed, was a book on the care of the racing Greyhound. For this, she teamed up with Dr. Morrie Craig and Dr. James Gannon of Australia and produced the first text book, Care of the Racing Greyhound. This endeavor was supported by the American Greyhound Council and the Oregon Racing Commission which allowed Dr. Blythe to spend 5 months at Sandown, Victoria, Australia under the guidance of Dr. Gannon. This first book was well received and sold out within 6 years and she was asked to do an update. Dr. Blythe agreed, but only if it contained information about and supporting retired Greyhounds. After another 2 months in Australia with Dr. Gannon and his assistant, Dr. Des Fegan plus 2 additional years of writing, the new textbook, Care of the Racing and Retired Greyhound was released in 2007. These efforts gained Dr. Blythe along with her colleague, Dr. Craig, the honor of being inducted into the Greyhound Hall of Fame. She is founding diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and active in promoting rehabilitation for neurological cases, injured athletes, and geriatric dogs. Dr. Blythe has published over 150 scientific articles and recently retired from the College of Veterinary Medicine.
  2. I've been reflecting lately on everything I've learned from the dogs that have come into my life. Actual information, not just philsophically! It seems that each one we've had has had a medical or behavioral issue that I've needed to learn how to deal with, train, handle, or has otherwise increased my knowledge base. Plus I've learned a lot from being here on Greytalk and reading the different threads about the issues everyone else deals with with their dogs. It also shows up how much societal thinking has changed throughout the years about having companion animals. I had dogs and cats most of the time growing up, and my DH and I had Great Danes from the time we started dating in 1990 before switching to Greyhounds in 2003. Dogs have gone from being property or a tool when I was a child, to being members of the family. With our Danes we had to deal with cropped ears, obedience training a giant dog, lymphoma, bloat, wobblers, heart failure, and the weird world that is breeding show dogs. Our Greyhounds have been really varied and wonderful in so many ways, and I am always learning from watching and dealing with them. Libby - Our first greyhound was a seizure dog, and she had horrible sleep startle syndrome. She drew blood on both of us the first night because we were used to our Danes who were like big body pillows in bed. Libby would not put up with that level of contact, no way, no how! Her seizures weren't frequent enough to medicate until the end, so we learned how to deal with them before there was much information. She passed from kidney failure complications of her seizure meds, and I learned to hate phenobarbitol. Dude - was our second foster and first foster failure. He was also a bounce from a family who said he was too hyperactive and they couldn't deal with his activity level. He was in the last wave of adoptable dogs who were automatically put on thyroid supplementation for low test results. Come to find out, he was hyper because he was being overmedicated! Once we got him off the thyroid, he calmed down, gained weight, and was a typical greyhound. He broke a toe and had it amped. We lost him to osteo, which was also our first time dealing with cancer longterm. Copper - our third foster failure came out of the Juarez Mexico track shut down rescue. He was about 20 lbs underweight when he came to us. He was the easiest plug-n-play dog ever - never snarked at anybody, loved meeting people, loved going places, loved being with other dogs. He was the perfect dog! Copper was bi-ligual and loved to eat. He and Cash would run laps in the mornings before breakfast - gold and silver in the sun. Such a picture. We lost him to a spinal stroke where he was fine in the morning and gone by dinner. Cash - another foster failure, though this one we knew about up front. She had been with another foster home, gotten out, and ran loose for nearly a week before being re-caught. She was a true spook and the first time I ever understood what that meant. Through her, I learned more than I ever wanted to know about anti anxiety medication, counter-conditioning, and behavior modification. We lost her to liver cancer. Toni - by this time we had a rep with our adoption group and Toni came to us as a "foster!" She also came out of a bad starvation situation and weighed only 45 pounds the day I brought her home. She was our first broken hock dog, and had all sorts of behavioral issues - sleep startle, food guarding, space guarding, resource of every kind guarding. She really should have gone to a home with fewer dogs, but Toni was also a complete charmer and we fell in love with her. I learned about managing pack dynamics and the value of a good muzzle from Toni as well as how to handle foot/toe issues, severe arthritis, neuromas, and at the end, a brain tumor that took her away from us. Dorie is the dog I feel I let down most. She was a bounce in the worst of the economic times when her single owner had to take a job that meant weeks of travel at a time. I knew I wanted her the minute she was posted, but it took a while to convince the DH! She was truly a character and a big love bug. She dealt with several bouts of pancreatitis - something else we'd missed handling so far - before succumbing to EPI. We didn't even have her a year. Dorie was the dog that made us switch from a cheap, walk-in vet to the full-service one we have now. I know I neglected her treatment in the beginning because I was reluctant to take her in, only to have to wait two hours for an appointment. Whiskey is a total weeny! He cried and yelped having his microchip put in! He has one of the softest personalities of any of our dogs. A harsh word used to send him into hiding, but he's developed a bit of a tougher hide as he's aged. No illnesses for him, but we have learned to put dislocated toes back in place and how to hull corns. Lilly has been a struggle at times. She was a puppy when she came to us, very smart and very stubborn. And very large. She's never been food motivated and she's the only dog I've ever known who will actually spit out food. The word "picky" has a picture of her next to it! Her lesson to me has been about patience, the value of waiting to spay, going through a vulvaplasty, how much chicken is actually in most commercial dog food and treats, IBS and food allergies, acupuncture, and how to keep an energetic landshark occupied in the dead of winter! Now we're discovering what Felicity has to teach us. First off, she's the smallest dog we've ever had at only 50 pounds. She's just half of Lilly's height and weight, and can nearly walk under her taller sister! She the first greyhound we've had that has touble with blood clotting and I'm just beginning to learn about yunan baiyao and the best way to wrap small bodily injuries! We're saving up for a vial of Amicar to keep on hand, just in case. What are some of the things you've learned from your dogs?
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    So this morning, our girl Deedee, was not feeling her breakfast. In fact, she barely ate it at all. She would eat a couple pieces out of our hands, but not eat all of her meal from her dish like she would normally do. When I took her out later, when she was trying to poop, she was whinning a little but not too much and her poop wasn't fully solid but not diarreah either. Later this evening, when my boyfriend came home, she still had not eaten her food. And when he took her outside for the bathroom, she still whined, and sometimes a little loud and had failry runny poop. There has yet to be any signs of blood in her poop (thank goodness!). Otherwise she is acting pretty normal. She's not playing as much as usual, but will still follow us all aorund the house. Is this something we should immediately call our vet about or wait and see if she can clear whatever may be bothering her? One of my co-workers recommended adding plain rice to her food to help her stomach, is that a good idea? Any advice is much appreciated! Deedee's Mom and Dad
  4. Gorgeous Maisie (black & white Grey) came back from a squirrel chase with horrid gash just above hind hock joint (inside). I can see a tendon quite clearly. Injury is about 2 inches X 1.5 - skin gone completely so nothing to sew - only a small flap at the top which is loose and flapping. Was away from home and because my boy (black Grey) has had a similar injury and I allowed surgery that was actually pointless and unnecessarily stressful, I don't want to go to vet. Maisie is no longer in pain - was for a day but no more. For two days now have kept it very clean and flushed it which she permitted me to do. Have not packed it with Manuka and bandaged it. I am just so worried about the visible tendon - any advice please!!!!??? I know if I go to the vet he will want to do something invasive - he always does and I really don't want my poor girl to go through it. She's had such a hard start, coming to me starved and frightened. Hates the vets so any help would be so appreciated - am I being neglectful?
  5. Rock sometimes poops in the house. Even when we're there and trying to get him to go out. He has never urinated, however. Are there suggestions, or diapers?
  6. Our 85lbs male grey has eaten something in the yard and now has terrible gas and possibly a stomach ache. Is it ok to give him pepto bismol and if so how much? Like I said he weighs 85lbs and it quite meaty. Thanks. Also any suggestion would be helpful.
  7. Hello, This is a non grey post, so I apologise for that. I joined as we are waiting to get our greyhound Peggy. However, I thought that I would still ask on here as everyone seems very helpful We found out last night that my parents dog Barney (flat coated retriever) has kidney failure he is only 5 and such a lovely dog, we were lookign forward to him and Peggy spending lots of time together and my dad is just about to retire so it's such a shame. I was wondering if anyone has dealt with kidney failure and if they have any advice for us? He is going on a special Royal Canin Renal diet from today and has been prescibed some medications. I think it is earlyish as the main symptom was excessive drinking/urination with little colour. He doesn't seem ill at all, still full of energy and lovely as ever I think apart from this he is very healthy, which will hopefully help. It only really got noticed as he just had a small lump removed from his gum (which was benign) and they did blood tests and urine tests as he leaked urine while under anasthesia which they thought was odd at the vets. How long is life expectancy for dogs with kidney failure does anyone know? Are we looking at a month or 2 or a year? We're very sad as me and my boyfriend raised him from a puppy during our Univeristy summer vacation and we lived with them until 8 months ago, so he is very much our dog as well. It would be great even he lived for another year to enjoy his time with Peggy and my dad once he retires. Any advice will be greatly appreciated Thanks
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