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  1. Hello, My grey (Eeyore) is 12 years old. He's been doing great for an elder. Recently he has been urinating in the house at night time. Not every day though and not a lot of urine. For instance, he did it twice last night, but has not done anything like that for about a month. When he did urinate in the house last month I took him to the vet for a check up, figuring he is an older dog and may start showing some signs of his age and not being able to hold in his urinating. The vet ran all kinds of tests (blood, kidney, heart, etc..). The finding was that he was a little high on his Crea levels (kidney measurement). His number was 2.1 and the vet said she like see dogs in the 1.5-1.8 levels. She also stated when a dog gets 5.0-7.0, that's when she gets urgently concerned. So since he was a little higher than average, she recommended putting on a kidney diet, which was Hills K/D dog food. I have not fed this to him just yet, but will start him on it this week. He currently eats Members Mark Lamb and Rice kibble which he has been on since I got him 10 years ago. Another item is that has always been a night owl, meaning he drinks a lot and eats during night time. He usually goes out once or twice per night to use the bathroom. When he wants to go out, he usually comes in our bedroom and whines but he doesn't go in the house. The past few times he just went, without whining or coming in our room. Just not like him so that why i'm asking for some advice. The advice I seek are ways to control his urination in the house. I know he's old but I like to see what options are out there. Will the new kidney diet help? Should I not give him food/water at night and try to change his eating times to more during day? Should I give him less water at night? If this persists, are there dog diapers out there I can look into? Any particular diapers to use for greys? Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thank You,
  2. Back in 2012 there was a topic on this forum that mentioned people buying Dr. Busby Toe Grips. I would like to get opinions on the toe grips. How long have you been using them? How long do they stay on in normal usage for a 13 yr old greyhound with hind end weakness. My vet has no experience with this product. What I found on the web were mostly "raves" by people who just started using toe grips not long time users. Your experience would be appreciated by me and my old girl Lea. Kathie
  3. For those who don't know, Dexter has had a cataract for five or six years now, about half his life That eye's time has finally come. We took him to a veterinary ophthalmologist back in May, and the vet said that although he was fine at the moment, his eye had more issues than just the cataract, and there wasn't really many options for retaining it. The main concern he had was the pressure in the eye, so we picked up some recommended saline drops to help with that. Sadly, it doesn't seem to have helped. We've been noticing some signs of discomfort since September-ish, so we took him into the regular vet in mid-November. She prescribed some pain-killers and told us to keep an eye on things - and when the pain-killers worked, we knew it was definitely his eye. We brought him back and she had borrowed a pressure reader, so we were able to get confirmation of what we already knew. When he was at the ophthalmologist in May, Dexter's eye pressure was at 12, well within normal ranges. On the 1st of December, it was 60! She gave us some glaucoma drops to try and get the pressure down, but agreed that surgery would be necessary. Luckily, the drops are working well so far. He's down to a pressure of ~8 as of last week. But the eye still needs to come out, as the vet doesn't think the drops will hold for long. So he's booked in for mid-January. The vet's not overly worried about putting him under (at least, no more so than any other senior greyhound), but she does think the recovery will be a rough one. And we're not sure what to expect - none of our dogs have ever needed surgery once we took them home already fixed. We know that he will probably be dopey for about a day, and that he will likely be in pain, and we know that he's prone to licking at his IV site, but otherwise nothing. So what should we be preparing for? Is there anything we should be getting ahead of time? Should we be preparing to keep him separated from the boys, and if so, for how long? The vet has recommended we use Metacam after the surgery as all of Dexter's blood values are good, and we have an ~2 week supply - should this be enough? Obviously we'll be talking to our vet more about recovery recommendations, but we want to prepare as much as possible and make sure that we have everything set up and ready for him even before we take him in.
  4. So I got Zuri's VPI policy renewal forms recently. His monthly payment went up 35%!!! From $55 to $75.They claim it's because he jumped into the "10-12" age group, but when Neyla turned 10 or even 11 hers didn't go up like this. They also claim there's nothing they can do about it. So I'm curious if anyone has ever switched an older dog from one company to another, especially from VPI to another and whether you were glad you did it or regretted it. Obviously, the biggest concern is that any new policy won't cover pre-existing conditions, which would certainly include anything related to his LS and also whatever we figure out is causing his skin issues, plus his thyroid if we decide his is actually hypothyroid. I have to do some calculations, but wanted to get feedback here in the meantime. FWIW, I have Violet & Skye on Healthy Paws already so I'm not looking for general comparison info. I did all of that when I got Violet and frankly I despise VPI's reimbursement schedule, but it's very difficult to figure out which would be more cost effective given that VPI uses that schedule and other companies don't. I did get a quote from HP and the premium is much lower, but because of his age he also only qualifies for a plan with a $500 annual ded and 70% reimbursement rate and we would also lose the routine care we have with VPI. I'm going to look at Trupanion too.
  5. My senior girl, Zola, is 13.5 years old and has had arthritis in her hind for many years. It's mostly manifested as shaky back legs and a limp if she does too much. She's a pretty feisty girl (!!) but she's pretty good about regulating her own activity when the pain is more than she can handle so I don't restrict her activities too often. Last week, she had a couple of days where she was clearly feeling some pain and was slow (no specific activity or injury to point to), and we gave her some tramadol. A couple of days alter, she apparently lost her ability to use her back legs (I was out of town). She could hop on and off couches, if there was carpet under her feet, but was wary of walking on the hardwood floors and could not walk the mild incline in our backyard to pee/poo and had to be carried. Vet palpated her spine and found soreness in her mid-lumbar region. Her blood panels and urine labs are normal. No x-rays done, but she had normal response to pulling her legs back into place when he manipulated them to awkward positions. He noted she was stoic with her pain (she is) but that she was definitely in discomfort when he moved her legs around. He suspects she strained something and prescribed rimadyl and tramadol. Five days later, she can kind of walk in the house (but still avoids the hardwood floors, and is shaky even on the carpet), and is able to walk the mild incline for her turnouts. But she clearly doesn't want to move, and hangs out on the sofa 23.5 hours of the day. She's lost her playful energy but she is still alert and interested in what's going on around her (when she's not tranqu'd by the meds). Her appetite is not normal but she is eating about 1/2-3/4 of her usual amount. How long do I give her for marked improvement before I should worry? She seemed to get a lot better in the first 48 hours after the meds, but is now in a plateau. Should I back off the meds and see how she does? I have a call into the vet but am also looking for any personal experience/advice. Thank you, Vanitha
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