Ok ok ok, so I haven't been online here in quite some time I haven't been very good. But since getting married I've been working more hours and spending my spare time picking up and cleaning up after my husband. haha.
So some of you may know, I have a handsome 90 plus lbs (he's lanky, big, lean and goofy) brindle male greyhound. He's now 6 years old and didn't race for very long (he was a return rescue, the couple divorced).
Well yesterday night he started limping a little bit when my husband took him out at night and took something to the trash. Well we checked his paw out and just figured that he must have stepped in something around the dumpster. Well today when I took him out after work he started limping some more and holding his paw up. I know sometimes with greyhounds if their nails are too long they can break their toes, well we moved his toes and dont' think its broken, plus they 've been longer.
He is eating fine and still walking around. I'll say to him "want a cookie?" and he'll run to me but he isn't following me around AS much, but he still his. I know greyhounds are pretty tough (read lots before we got him) and I'm just super worred.
Any thoughts? My hubbie Matt wants to bring him to the vet asap, and all ready made an appointment. But I think if we make him rest a bit he might have just pulled something and will be fine.
ALSO, he doesn't seem to have any really big scratches or brushes and no visible swelling. We think it might be his foot and not his paw Ran our hands down his legs.
The problem is he is SOOOO good and will let us do anything to him - dremel his nails, - with the loud dremel!!!! cut them accidentally when we cut them and they will bleed and he won't even cry. He's tough.
So the limping does worry me especially b/c he's a greyhound. Can't remember him falling or anythign like that so no idea what it could be!
It's not something that I would personally mess around with. I would go to the vet ASAP, especially if it has continued this long without improvement.
Better to be safe than sorry, I say. And since he can't tell you what's going on himself, you'd be better off making sure that it really is nothing, instead of having him be miserable because it's something significant.
It's always important to remember too, that a lot of times, animals tend to feel more than they're letting on when it comes to discomfort. It's kind of an instinctual defense mechanism.
Just my 2cents.
***Edited By: lorrix on 1/17/2007 9:20:01 PM*** Reason: kk
He isn't whining and I wish he would and just do something so I could know if it was really bothering him but he's been acting like his normal self - alittle bit quiter than his normal self though. But greyhounds can be very quiet. So who knows.
Please any ideas / opinions would be awesome thanks so much for the prompt responses!!!!
NO we haven't done that. Hubbie is convinced its not his foot. I have no idea. He get worse has he keeps walking. Could it be like bone cancer or something? Are x-rays expensive. We are newlyweds we are on a tight budget, I want to make sure that YES we are definately taking him the to vet but I want to make sure that we can still make rent too.
Hi guys, took him to the vet. It was a different one (same place) than he's normally gone to but he seems to know what he's talking about. where he went to school they used to use greyhounds to learn on (dead ones, that the track has euthanized) but anyway. he felt around and around where - like where our wrist equivilant area is- he thinks he might have pulled or streached a tendion. so we got some pain killers and take 1 twice a day every 12 hours. and just make him rest. which is going to be sooooo hard, sarcaism. if anyone knows anything about greyhounds its that all they do is sleep for like 16 hrs a day. but when we get home gets soooo excited so hopefully we can make him stop some how???
he's scheduled to go in for a dental feb 1st. his breath is horrible. yes i know greyhounds are allergic to some types of anesethea. or how ever you spell it.
i will keep everyone updated on how he's doing. but i am feeling pretty hopeful. I was worred about bone cancer but he didn't feel anything and i did ask too.
I"m really hoping its not. I can really tell he's limping and he really has been acting a little bit quiter than his normal goofy self. But I didn't want to admit it b/c he's my baby and I didn't want to admit that he might be really sick. But I know he's going to be ok b/c he's still trying to act like my shadow while he's hobbling/limping along. So hoepfully in the next week he starts to get better otherwise its back to the vet for us!
We are definately going Feb 1st for a much needed dental !!!