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I don't know if others will have an interest in this, but I thought I would start a thread that would be a place for people who are dealing with illness with their greyhounds to come to vent, cry, rant, ask questions, post pictures, or share a positive moment. I figure people can pop in to post just about anything - from learning about a new diagnosis to celebrating x years or months cancer free to expressing sadness b/c your dog is having a rough day to sharing a great moment like your dog playing with a new toy or taking a longer walk then normal. Of course anyone is welcome to participate, including those who have dealt with these issues in the past and those who may have to in the future. I know Circle of Grey is available for this sort of thing as well and I'm very grateful to have that available to me right now, but lets be honest, I spend a lot of time on GT (understatement of the year? :P) so I thought it would be nice to have that here too. For me personally the last few weeks has been an emotional rollercoaster and I am so grateful for my friends, family, and my GT friends and family :) for the tremendous amount of support I've gotten, but I also don't want to overburden anyone, hence my thought to start this thread.

 

I'll start with something positive. :) This morning, I took all of the pups on a really nice walk. This is the second time this week that Neyla has shown interest and been able to do a longer walk than we've been doing lately. Her issues seem to be more about her back leg, which has muscle atrophy b/c of her bad toe rather than her front osteo leg and often her leg gets tired and shakes early on in walks. Today I am pretty sure that happened much later on and I have a hunch that the new joint and fish oil supplements that I started her on before I even knew about her diagnosis are helping! I've also been taking a lot more time to play with her with toys, doing scent work, or playing with our newest purchase - the Nina Ottosson doggie casino, and she is happier than I have seen her in a long time. It's hard to balance that with knowing she might go downhill quickly or soon, but for now I am SO grateful for every helicopter tail or silly playful thing she does. :wub:

 

So what's on your mind today?

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Jen, CPDT-KA with Zuri, lab in a greyhound suit, Violet, formerly known as Faith, Skye, the permanent puppy, Cisco, resident cat, and my baby girl Neyla, forever in my heart

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Nice thread Jen. Today is Pearl's 9th birthday. Diagnosed with kidney disease 2.5 years ago, she is holding her own. We will have cake and ice cream tonight and have a peaceful night at home. Thankful that our little spook is still with us.

 

Pooter and Dodger are healthy and strong.

Cracker races tonight and of course we will sit up to cheer him on.

All is well in our little corner of the world.

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Well thanks for responding Nancy. :lol

 

Happy birthday to Pearl (a day late). :b-day:kiss2 2.5 years post kidney disease dx is wonderful!! :yay Hope Cracker raced safely last night.

 

Neyla is still doing well. My big problem right now is that I have a ton of supplements that I am trying to get her on, while not introducing too much at one time. I decided to start keeping a journal to keep track. :gmark

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Jen, CPDT-KA with Zuri, lab in a greyhound suit, Violet, formerly known as Faith, Skye, the permanent puppy, Cisco, resident cat, and my baby girl Neyla, forever in my heart

"The great thing about science is that you're free to disagree with it, but you'll be wrong."

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Ryan's barking at me again. He's my talker. He's been talking and had to remind me I closed off the dog door after I dragged us all back inside when the storm got really nasty. He's having a good day :)

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we are thinking good thoughts for all of the sick hounds and thanking God everyday for the good health of our hounds.

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Sunny is at the ER vet now - getting bloodwork, x-rays and ultrasound done to see if he is just having a temporary reaction to the chemo he had Thursday or if his problems are from the lymphoma spreading internally. Yesterday he was happy and nudging me so I would share my dinner with him. Over night he became miserable and had a rough day today. I have been trying to prepare myself for him going to the bridge since January but I'm not ready for him to leave yet.

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Sunny won't be going to the bridge tonight!!! :yay :yay All his testing looked pretty good, he is getting some subcutaneous fluid right now and then I am going to go pick him up. So likely just bad side effects from the chemo treatment he had Thursday.

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Sunny won't be going to the bridge tonight!!! :yay :yay All his testing looked pretty good, he is getting some subcutaneous fluid right now and then I am going to go pick him up. So likely just bad side effects from the chemo treatment he had Thursday.

That is fantastic!!!! :yay:confetti

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Jen, CPDT-KA with Zuri, lab in a greyhound suit, Violet, formerly known as Faith, Skye, the permanent puppy, Cisco, resident cat, and my baby girl Neyla, forever in my heart

"The great thing about science is that you're free to disagree with it, but you'll be wrong."

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Just wanted to let you all know that I think of all of you often. After handling the ups & downs of a chronically ill hound (Nevada had cushings disease), I know how physically & emotionally difficult it can be. You & your hounds have a special place in my heart. :)

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Nevada 1992-2008...always in my heart

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Adding my support as well. I spent all last year dealing with a pup who had nothing wrong but everything wrong. In fact, after rushing him to the e-vets one morning in rush hour traffic, I was told he was fine. Sadly he passed away less than three weeks later. It was a frustrating road of specialists and daily emotional ups & downs. For all those dealing with the chronically ill or just a pup that's feeling a little down, just celebrate the moment. Those memories will be with you for a lifetime.

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Niña's not doing very well. The dogs stayed home with DH while I went to Mountain Hounds.

Niña, age 11, has several medical issues: iffy liver, all heart valves leaking, occasional back pain, amongst others. I think she hurt her back again. I've got her on half a 5mg valium and will give her half a 50mg tramadol later. At least she is eating well.

It was just heartbreaking that she did not jump up when I walked in the door. Tail tucked. :( I gave her some lovin' and rubbed the accupressure points that I learned about at the MH seminar. Used some of Claudia Presto's lavender oil too. Seemed to help.

She's not bad enough for the e-vet but I'll see if her regular vet can get her in tomorrow.

 

Please say a prayer that my little girl has a comfortable night and easier day tomorrow.

 

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Fasave, I'm so sory for your experience. I will tell you, with all of the money I've spent on specialists so far, I have been disheartened. It seems so difficult to find someone who knows what they are talking about and also gives a crap about your dog. :grouphug

 

Sending good thoughts for Nina for a comfortable night and that she's feeling back to normal tomorrow. :hope

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Jen, CPDT-KA with Zuri, lab in a greyhound suit, Violet, formerly known as Faith, Skye, the permanent puppy, Cisco, resident cat, and my baby girl Neyla, forever in my heart

"The great thing about science is that you're free to disagree with it, but you'll be wrong."

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