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Title: Poor dog
Post by: Weaver on January 09, 2020, 03:06:30 PM
CiarŠn my old greyhound is getting a bit dodgy at his back end - losing control of muscles or something. Sometimes he seems to find jumping up difficult. He messed his dog bed this morning and then left a mess all over the bedroom floor, which Janet analyses as a similar loss of control over something at the rear end of him. Caileag, my much beloved old lurcher, who is no longer with us, went the same way, or similar at least, problems with her rear end, in her last months.

So this morning he came up on the bed and looked worried. I didnít realise the real reason -that he had had an accident in his bed, and I had been half asleep. I thought he was just being nice to me, coming to see me, or mor like some alternative reason connected with the fact that he might get a corner of M&S hot cross bun which I was eating at the time. Janet tells me the dog is not allowed fruity buns - something to do with the fruit that is in them, not sure why. I forgot this and gave him a tiny nibble or two anyway.

Iím rather worried about him, but taking him to the vet will doubtless be pointless and will only serve to terrify him.
Title: Re: Poor dog
Post by: burakkucat on January 09, 2020, 05:36:21 PM
Sad news to read.  :(

Two quick questions . . . How old is he? And how long has he been retired, living with you?
Title: Re: Poor dog
Post by: Weaver on January 09, 2020, 09:17:26 PM
Iíve had him for ten and a half years, I canít remember what age he was when he retired. Normally they retire at between three and five years of age, so heíll be between 13 and 16. Iíll ask Janet. If weíre stuck we can look him up, as all pedigree greyhounds are in a database accessible on the web.

He did the same today, Iím afraid. He then spent most of the day on the bed with me having fuss until Janet came to give him his tea and put him out for a walk. He patrols the estate every day slowly, sniffing, find the perfect spot to go to the toilet, then races home.
Title: Re: Poor dog
Post by: g3uiss on January 09, 2020, 09:27:11 PM
Sad as already said. My pets are my best friends Iím frightful of the future although Lucy and I go walking daily and she is still doing well. Totally deaf but always keeps me in sight. She is nearly 12 and a cocker spaniel. Mind you Albert the cat is now 16 he seems very active despite being a tripod cat  ::)
I hope he might recover and enjoy what must be a wonderful loving home.
Title: Re: Poor dog
Post by: benji09 on January 09, 2020, 10:25:27 PM
   We lost our border terrier last Friday. He had bad arthritis, and maybe other things as well. The vet wanted to carry out further tests on him to find out what other problems he had. But when we discussed what other problems would be found, crumbling bones, arthritis, etc, etc, we were told that the only treatment was to put him onto the hard drugs. Our dog had been on metacam, and gabapentin for some time. So we decided that it would not be right to keep him going any longer.............
Title: Re: Poor dog
Post by: Weaver on January 09, 2020, 10:41:25 PM
@beji09 so sorry to hear about your loss

@burrakkucat - Janet tells me he retired at three roughly and was 13 years old in October.
Title: Re: Poor dog
Post by: Weaver on January 11, 2020, 08:27:24 AM
CiarŠn had a good day today. No accidents, and he stent the day downstairs.
Title: Re: Poor dog
Post by: burakkucat on January 11, 2020, 06:15:06 PM
That is good to know. As long as he is not in any distress or discomfort then perhaps just treat him as one of "advancing age".
Title: Re: Poor dog
Post by: g3uiss on January 11, 2020, 09:42:56 PM
Perhaps like us all  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Poor dog
Post by: benji09 on January 11, 2020, 10:13:00 PM

  Thank you Weaver for your concern about our dog. It is a loss to us. Reference your dog, it looks possible to me that he has back problems. I fractured my spine in 1967 in/out? of a car crash. I was lucky that I could still walk afterwards. But it did affect my movement to an extent, but did not affect me enough to stop me doing anything I would normally have done. But I can say, fracture or not, back problems are not a joke. As you probably know slipped discs can cause pain and loss of muscle control. It might be a good thing if your dog took things easy, and not jump, or climb stairs if you can stop him?

Title: Re: Poor dog
Post by: Weaver on January 12, 2020, 11:18:34 AM
Iím thinking itís perhaps his hips or something neurological. But I just donít know. He climbs the stairs at a run every day to come to bed with us - he sleeps in a dig bed in my bedroom or sometimes on the bed if Janet is not in it. He can jump up on to the bed. He shows no signs of pain and eats very well. He even I think has a little run outside when the mood takes him (in my experience, usually after going to the toilet greyhounds run like mad back home, or away from the crime scene). Weíre keeping a close eye on him for signs of distress and really donít want to take him to the vet as it would terrify him. (Heís not a brave animal.)

Again, I am so sorry for your horrible experience. Iíve recently had to say goodbye to two of my dogs and four of my cats in recent years as I used to have seven cats and they were all getting to a certain age at very roughly the same time give or take a few years. My wife and I were feeling destroyed by these losses, so I can appreciate your situation. So very best wishes.
Title: Re: Poor dog
Post by: Weaver on February 01, 2020, 03:27:41 PM
Worst experience so far. I was asleep one evening and I dimly remember CiarŠn the greyhound jumping up onto the bed and snuggling down. I may have stroked him briefly, then fell a sleep again. I should now have realised that he might have had an Ďaccidentí in his dog bed, possibly peed in it in his sleep or when he woke up too late. Janet had I believe not put him out recently, which is not a good thing.   :( Anyway, Janet later came upstairs and CiarŠn had gone. She put her hand into something on the bed and realised it was dog poo, all over everywhere and he had owed all over the bed and on the floor too. Poor lamb. I had missed all of this, as I was fast asleep and I have no sense of smell much, for some reason. It was about nine o clock in the evening and Janet had to start completely stripping the bed and replacing everything, having evicted me temporarily. The result was a much nicer fresher softer bed for me anyway. I had two duvets on me so I donated one to Janet as new sheets arrived. Janet was tired and didnít need this nightmare so late at night.

I suggested more frequent walks for CiarŠn, and when the rain is heavy I donít thing he is staying out in it long enough to fully do his duty and complete his business, which usually requires loads of walking around and sniffing to find the perfect spot to defile. I recommended sheltered places where he can be outside but out of the worst of the heavy rain, such as behind the house, on the north side, sheltered from the strong wind, and by the front of the garage, again sheltered facing north, where there is an overhang above, by the big main garage door.

Iím still thinking about a trip to the vet.
Title: Re: Poor dog
Post by: burakkucat on February 01, 2020, 05:11:59 PM
That is all rather worrying.  :(
Title: Re: Poor dog
Post by: Weaver on February 01, 2020, 05:20:08 PM
 :( indeed. Will have to keep looking after him. He seems happy enough; idle as ever but eating fine and seems comfortable as always.
Title: Re: Poor dog
Post by: benji09 on February 01, 2020, 09:22:57 PM

  Sorry to hear about your dog. Does he take any medication at all. As I mentioned in earlier post, my last dog was on Metacam for years, and gabapentin for the last two years. These two drugs did keep him going for some time, and it was only the last 2 months when he could not even make it around the block. It is never nice to have your pets get old. Sorry, I am not using the correct term, `PETS' to describe our animals is insulting to them, an article in the paper today says....
   As of today we have a new puppy in the house. I think our problems have started....................
Title: Re: Poor dog
Post by: Weaver on February 02, 2020, 12:01:40 AM
No heís never been in any medication. Perhaps will need to start then?

I definitely think itís time to get him looked at, but heís not going to like it much. He always used to go in the car with the other two dogs (now both passed away  :( ) and heís now out of the habit of car travel. He used to shake with fear and was sick at being put in with RÚnŠn our other greyhound who was presumably the Ďalpha maleí and who, by doing absolutely nothing at all apart from invading personal space in the close confines of the dog compartment at the back of the Land Rover, managed to unwittingly intimidate CiarŠn somehow. He was ok later when it was just him and Caileag in the back then. But now he hasnít been in the car for years, so that unfamiliarity probably wonít help. And he will have to be lifted in I should think, as he wonít have the strength to jump any more.
Title: Re: Poor dog
Post by: Weaver on February 02, 2020, 08:32:36 PM
Janet is going to talk to vet about CiarŠn, but not take him down to the vetís as that would be so frightening for him.
Title: Re: Poor dog
Post by: Alex Atkin UK on September 20, 2021, 09:19:41 AM
Had two house rabbits who lived long enough to get arthritis.  As heartbreaking as it is in the end having to put them down (as they literally got so bad they couldn't move on their own) its also a sign you loved and cared for them enough to survive to an age where natural causes kicks in.  They lived long past the average life span.
Title: Re: Poor dog
Post by: Weaver on September 20, 2021, 12:15:00 PM
Thatís a great idea, house rabbits. Wouldnít work for me of course, with five killer cats, but have always been a rabbit fan.
Title: Re: Poor dog
Post by: Alex Atkin UK on September 20, 2021, 12:32:06 PM
We never intended it but as we learnt more about Rabbits and my mums health deteriorated, it was easier, safer and better for them emotionally to bring them indoors.

Its hard to believe now how I Rabbit proofed my room back then, as its not even human proof now, but I'm glad I had the experience.  They really bond quite deeply with you, its pretty much like having a weird shaped puppy nipping at your ankles.

Was also fascinating as I had effectively a bunk bed and the Rabbit was at floor level, but he would go to sleep when I went to sleep.