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  1. As of today, we are celebrating our 4-week anniversary of adopting our beautiful brindle greyhound. We were aware that there may be an adjustment period when it comes to stool softness when switching his diet, but I'd like to hear some opinions about how long that usually takes. Our boy is eating Nutro Max adult dog food (higher quality than what the foster home gave him) and he is still having very soft, mustard colored pudding poops (good luck eating pudding or mustard again!). We have tried giving him yogurt and that did not seem to help much. How long does the adjustment period usually last? Should his poops be more solid by now? He has been recently tested and does not have any worms, so that isn't the problem. Also, how frequently do greys typically poop? We've seen anywhere from 1 time to 5 times a day so far. Thanks!
  2. Hi, I'm new to greytalk. I'm not new to greyhound owning but I need some help. I got my first greyhound Kif almost 2 years ago, and another one, Dexter, a month after that. Cat and bunny friendly. Yes you read that. I've had a great experience overall with learning greyhound body language and training and enjoying the companionship of the first two. First (Kif) was about 1.5 yrs when adopted after 2 weeks in a foster home, was shy for a long time, but he came out of his shell. He's still reserved overall but he's a content confident guy and a happy dog. Second one was 2.5 yrs when adopted, just 2 days off the track, and was/is a happy boy, more dog-like from the start. Neither are barkers, neither really play with toys except to carry one around now and then and give it a shake. All soft toys still intact since the start. They are now 3 and 4 years old. Not big chewers. Good companions and cuddlers and listen very well but I can't really remember how things went at the start, I'm a little hazy. Agh I'm too young to have a memory this bad! I started using a bark buster trainer within the first few weeks of getting Kif and also hired her for Dexter. I can't remember how long I let them get acclimated before starting training. She only had to come over a few times and my husband and I took it from there (well mostly me...). Both are very well adjusted, sweet, mellow dogs. Well trained. They listen well and behave politely. (No sitting though, I don't bother and I don't care - they do everything else I've taught them and they lie down on command.) Kif just took a while to stop averting his gaze and be confident. Dexter can still be a little stubborn and act like a nitwit if he knows he did something naughty but that's incredibly rare (basically digging in the backyard is the thing and only happens a few times a year). Both of them are tail wagging, head up, look you in the face, happy, confident, and sweet. Both were house trained or got it right away. I really didn't have to DO much of anything. Dexter doesn't give much indication but he will hold it unless it's diarrhea (don't blame him) and I didn't know it, but that's only happened two times in two years. Kif's only problem was poo eating, but I determined that was only if either of them ate anything peanut butter flavor anything so all peanut butter is off limits. I started the process of getting them registered as therapy dogs but found we had a chronic hook infestation and that's just.... ongoing. Just found a less expensive treatment and I'm going to just try to get a negative sample and then start up again with it. That's not the point of this post, anyway! Introduce third greyhound Sisko. Adopted from the same rescue as the first two. Over 1.5 years old, even bigger than the first two (first 2 are just shy of 80 lb and healthy weight -- this one was 80 lb and severely undernourished, will prob top out around 90lb). So, he's incredibly thin. Like hip bones stuck up an inch at first and between foster mom and me they're only 1/2 inch tall now but he's still very thin. They all eat the same high quality food and he was eating it at foster moms so no food adjustment there. Foster mom was a barkbuster trainer. I am hoping to take what I learned from the first 2 and not have to hire the trainer for this one, since I had to spend a lot of extra money on Hurricane Irma prep and house/fence repair. Sisko's last race was 8/31, he was with his foster family at least 2 weeks, and I adopted him 1 week ago. He has -0- confidence, and when we saw him online and contacted the rescue to adopt it turned out he needed to be with other greys anyway - super separation anxiety to the point he would not eat if not around other dogs. Tested cat and bun friendly. (Not testing more bun stuff here at home until he gets better settled in and he leaves the bun alone in his cage.) . Also hook positive and he had 1 round of treatment and is about to start round 2 but his stools are relatively solid only a little soft. Could also be attributed to anxiety. He is more puppyish, he chews on squeaker toys. He almost NEVER wags his tail, his head is always down, he almost always averts his gaze, and he's still learning everything from his name, to being a house pet, to some basic manners by copying the other dogs when I give commands (stay, come, go to bed, time to eat, outside, and go potty, and heeling on walks are the basic ones I'm starting with). I have someone else walk the first 2 dogs and I train Sisko alongside or behind them to be a good walker. So anyway - I brought him home, short walk to eliminate, then he met my boys (accepted immediately), did the house explore, took out back for a yard explore, etc. The foster mom told me he hates getting his paws wet in grass and pooped on her pool deck sometimes. I don't have a pool deck. She suggested giving him 45 minutes to do his business outside. He will only pee outside thankfully, but poop is another story. He paces when he wants out, but most the time goes to the back door now. But then.... sometimes he will poop within about 10 minutes but if not 10 minutes then not at all, not 30 and not 45 minutes. So, the first few nights he pooped early in the AM (5, 6) in the house, but he whined or barked and I got up and let them out and he recently did 1 morning poop indoors again. Most of the time in the morning I'd say it's good now. However if we go away even for 45 minutes he will poop in the house, even if I give ample time to relieve himself before we leave. We removed crates before the third came home, and foster mom said Sisko was not crated at all the last week of fostering. She would leave in AM for work, come home at lunch to let him and the other dogs out, back to work and home late afternoon I'm assuming? No indoor accidents. Just pool deck accidents. So far he has had an indoor poop accident 100% of the time we left, which is anywhere from 45 mins to 2.5 hours. We only heard him bark a little when we left and then he stopped. I put on a specific playlist of music when I leave so he learns mom leaves when this music plays but she always comes back (it worked for my first two boys). Foster mom said when he was crated, he never went in his crate. We pulled out a crate again. I'm going to try using it overnight tonight and keep my boys in a big room with their usual beds/water bowls with some gates. I don't know how this will go. I'm also trying not to be harsh and just be very positive. He's much more treat motivated than my first two. I'm trying to reward him with LOTS of praise when he goes out and goes potty especially. I have not done much one-on-one training with him since it's been one week and he's just learning the ropes of being a pet. I'd love some helpful advice. I'll answer any questions. My husband works 9-5. Usually I would be working three 12's overnight but I'm on medical leave and now full-time grad school which is all online for the first year so I'm here all the time except errands, gym, or to go out for a brief evening. But the poop thing... ugh. I do eliminate temptations (trash/chewable items within reach/bathroom doors/toilet lids closed etc.) so that we can work on being positive and rewarding positive behavior. The only thing I corrected for "bad" behavior until today was really counter sniffing (sniffing equals thinking equals stealing). I don't make a big deal out of leaving OR returning home. I read some of the other posts about people's new greyhound behavior problems to get an idea. I'd love some advice. Also previously all I did was show him his poo and sternly NO or Bahh (it's a barkbuster thing for your correction). P.S. I like and respect barkbusters a lot. Their methods are humane and worked well for my other greys and my adoption agency highly recommended them for greyhounds. I do not try to teach him stuff if he's in frozen mode because I know he's not learning when that happens. Sorry for the novel. Thanks everybody! Sarah
  3. Hi all, New grey owner here! Have posted once about bonding but having some health issues we need advice on please. We have had our 3 y/o boy about 11 weeks now. He came to us at a weight of 82 lbs and his racing weight was 80 lbs. He had mostly soft stool from the beginning with some with slight form. We put him on eukanba when we first got him, which was a switch from Purina dog chow adult from the rescue group. He was put on doxy for about a month because his white cell count was high and the vet thought maybe he had tick borne disease. He also was diagnosed with hooks, which we have treated twice with a 5 day course of Panacur. We saw a live worm (guess you can't see hooks, so had to be another kind of worm, but what other worm could survive 2 rounds of Panacur other than hooks?)AFTER the double treatment and so he was then treated with Drontral plus as he had some blood in his poops so was also put on metronidazole. He also had a blood test for allergies which said he is allergic to pork, peas, corn, wheat and peanuts. Many of those things were in the Eukanba so we transitioned him to yet another food. We have had him on a probiotic, Fortiflora flora since we got him. His poops are nothing but soft serve goo and have not improved the slightest with No form and I even feel they are worse then when we first got him and wonder if the new food is not right. He has been on it over 3weeks. We felt he was skinny and weighed him today and he has lost 5 lbs in one month!!!! He is not vomitting and is eating. I ordered some Olewo carrots thinking it's worth a shot, but am wondering how if I shouldn't add something else new into the mix. I am pretty concerned now about this weight loss and don't know what I should do to resolve the poo either. Any help is much appreciated! 👍 Many thanks!!!!
  4. Hi all, New grey owner here! Have posted once about bonding but having some health issues we need advice on please. We have had our 3 y/o boy about 11 weeks now. He came to us at a weight of 82 lbs and his racing weight was 80 lbs. He had mostly soft stool from the beginning with some with slight form. We put him on eukanba when we first got him, which was a switch from Purina dog chow adult from the rescue group. He was put on doxy for about a month because his white cell count was high and the vet thought maybe he had tick borne disease. He also was diagnosed with hooks, which we have treated twice with a 5 day course of Panacur. We saw a live worm (guess you can't see hooks, so had to be another kind of worm, but what other worm could survive 2 rounds of Panacur other than hooks?)AFTER the double treatment and so he was then treated with Drontral plus as he had some blood in his poops so was also put on metronidazole. He also had a blood test for allergies which said he is allergic to pork, peas, corn, wheat and peanuts. Many of those things were in the Eukanba so we transitioned him to yet another food. We have had him on a probiotic, Fortiflora flora since we got him. His poops are nothing but soft serve goo and have not improved the slightest with No form and I even feel they are worse then when we first got him and wonder if the new food is not right. He has been on it over 3weeks. We felt he was skinny and weighed him today and he has lost 5 lbs in one month!!!! He is not vomitting and is eating. I ordered some Olewo carrots thinking it's worth a shot, but am wondering how if I shouldn't add something else new into the mix. I am pretty concerned now about this weight loss and don't know what I should do to resolve the poo either. Any help is much appreciated! 👍 Many thanks!!!!
  5. Hi, Maybe is just a silly question, I know each dog has their own metabolism, but how many times is expected for a Greyhound to poop? Laila used to poop 4 to 5 times!!! really soft and huge poo and suddenly after 3 months, and now more confident at her new home she reduced her pooping times to 2-3 times a day, medium size and more firm. Should I be concerned about any health issues or is it normal, due the fact she is spooked and now is more comfortable with us? No recently diet changes.
  6. Hello once again everyone! I posted here abit ago about how my newly adopted 1.5yr old greyhound Trace was having a few problems (stairs, freezing on walks, etc). She is now no longer freezing on walks, and we are conquering the stairs day by day little by little!!! Shes is doing absolutely awesome, and I'm coming up on almost 3 weeks from the adoption day! There is only ONE problem left! And its her separation anxiety! I work Mon-Fri 8-4 and go home from 12-1 to let her out. She is crated and everytime I leave she cries like MAD. (I set up a doggy-cam so I can watch her while I'm at work-- if anything bad happens I can drive home quickly since I am only 5 minutes away). I can see her crying on the webcam and biting the metal hinges on the cage to try and get out. But the crying isnt he worst part. The worst part is everyday from that 8-12 time frame (even if she goes #2 in the morning walk) she will poop just a LITTLE bit in the cage. Like when I say little I mean LITTLE. I don't know why she does this- I'm thinking it's because of the anxiety thats making her stomach upset to give out a little bit of poop, but I'm very unsure. Does anyone have any advice on this? Problem #2 is- I don't think her food is cooperating with her very much. I feed her Blue Buffalo food which is the most expensive high quality food to get, and she is pooping 3 times overnight on my floor with VERY runny poops. I know she is not meaning to do this because when I fed her brand name food for the first week I had her she was fine- now with the high quality food her poop is running and VERY often! Should I go back to the cheap(er) type of food? Thank you so much!!!!! Here is Trace at the park yesterday! Finally had nice weather -- https://www.instagram.com/p/-9rGyNAdlj/?taken-by=mike_stabach
  7. Hello, Our Grey is about 4 years old, and has tested negative for parasites. She poops and at first it's hard and "normal" and then the last bit is just super runny and she strains to get the rest out. I have Psyllium Husk powder I was considering giving her (not sure how to give it to her yet, though) but was curious if there are other OTC solutions? Do you give your grey a daily probioitic or anything to help firm things up? Sometimes she lays around like her belly might hurt so I need to find something cause it's not getting better. Thanks!
  8. I am so glad I found this group! I'm very sorry for the gross topic..... Our Ati will be 15 years old in July. He is still in amazing health for his age. He obviously has normal aging issues such as arthritis, problems with traction while walking on hard floors and he suffers from bouts of dementia. I found this forum by looking up information on his most recent issue.... poop. In the last week he started pooping random plum sized balls of poop. He does this as he is walking, when he stumbles or if he stretches. It is not abnormal poo. It is the same texture and consistancy as his normal bowel movements, but it concerns me that he seems to have lost control over his rear end. We will, of course, take him to the vet any time he needs treatment, but this does not seem to be life threatening or uncomfortable for him so I thought I would ask all of you in case someone had gone through this before with a senior ex-racing greyhound. I thank you in advance for any suggestions you may have. ~Crystal
  9. So ever since we got Jinn her poops have been sort of mushy or all-out-pudding. Usually we can pick them up, but have to be careful or else they just get smooshed into the ground (fun topic, I know). We feed her Nature's Domain from costco with pumpkin add-in (we've tried both the dried flake stuff and canned). It seemed to help a little, but not a ton. Recently we bought a bunch of apples and started feeding Jinn 2 or so slices when we'd eat one. Her poos started to be amazing, more firm and solid. As long as we trash the core/seeds, is it ok to feed her a quarter or so of apple a day? It's really helping and she loves to eat it!
  10. Please help if you can. I don't know what to do. I know that for all their grace and poise, greyhounds are, at their core, still dogs, but I just cannot get over how my Adelaide eats her own and her sister's feces. When we first got Addie, she was a sister to our boy, Fletch, but when we lost him to osteo, she became an only dogs for about 8 months. About 3 or 4 months after Fletch died, I noticed that Addie would sometimes burp and her breath would smell so bad and I began suspecting that she was eating her feces. So I began watching her when we'd let her in the yard to do her business and sure enough, she'd got out, do her business and start wandering around and within a few minutes, she'd start eating it. I'd immediately call her in and after a few weeks of that, we consulted our vet who has a long history of working with greyhounds. He provided one major cause: She's lonely. She used to being in a multi-grey household and when she goes outside, once she does her business, she's bored. His recommendation was to get another dog. So a few months later, we got Sloane. I will say that the first few weeks we had Sloane, Addie completely stopped eating her poop. But we've had Sloane about 4 months now and I'd noticed the bad breath again and sure enough, Addie's is back at it, but now it's worse! Now, she will stand next to Sloane while she does her business and as soon as Sloane walks away, Addie will dig right in! I can't stand it! I know this isn't the most pleasant topic, but I don't know what to do! She has a friend in the yard with her now, she gets plenty to eat, we keep her on a fairly normal schedule, she gets plenty of treats. I just don't understand why she does this! Any advice you can provide would be so appreciated!
  11. Hello, I am new to this forum but my husband and I are desperate for advice from a Greyhound Community who I know has loads more experience than us. We adopted Charlie the blue greyhound in June of this year from a family who could not keep him any longer. We are his third family after retiring from racing 3 years ago. Charlie Boy will turn 6 in January and he is our precious regal boy. The family who had him before us said he never had trouble with peeing indoors, and would only when left alone for an entire day (over eight hours). He was a dream the first week we had him but has been peeing in the house about once every three days since then. It is always at night when we cannot catch him in the act and charlie never fusses or barks to let us know anything. The previous owners suggested we lay down a child's potty training mat down (one that doesn't attract him to pee). He would pee on that at first, and he even pooed on it once, but now he pees anywhere and everywhere in the house even if the mat is down. I thought maybe he was sick but he has pooed in the house about 4 times in the past 5 months. We let him out at 10:30 every night and watch him every time to make sure he goes wee. He doesn't usually mark when he pees, he merely stretches/pees as though he is mad at us or just can't hold it. I am 95% certain this is behavioral. I know we should always give him access to water but he gets at least two pints of water in his food during the day and will still occasionally drink throughout the day. We took away access to the water at night only and he still does it. Charlie gets three 20-minute walks per day and is let out to wee at 7 am and 10:30 pm every day in the garden. We have tried everything short of crate training but as my husband is currently scrubbing our one and only area rug as I write... We are going to break out the crate (which Charlie has certainly peed ON before). The other thing I think worth noting is that Charlie would tell his old owners when he had to go out by stretching and doing the yoga "downward facing dog" pose. He would do this when he wanted something like dinner or a walk. Since we have adopted him he doesn't tell us any of that because we just keep a schedule as someone is home with him all day. Also, Charlie never poos in the back garden/yard where he is let out. Can someone help us? We have cleaned up pee about 30 times in 5 months and are tired of fearing what waits for us downstairs when we wake up in the morning! We want to get a Christmas tree but would like to keep the presents dry... Hannah
  12. I have had my wonderful 4 year old boy for almost 6 weeks. I switched him from Blue Buffalo Wilderness to Natural Balance lamb & rice because it's a little cheaper ... but now it seems like his poops are even worse than they were on the Blue Buffalo. Some are normal, but more diarrhea. Maybe half and half. I've tried giving him some brown rice with his food which doesn't help consistently. My question is - should I just try another food, or does he need to be seen by a vet? He doesn't seem sick but surely it's not normal?
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