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Last Post 14-07-2011 12:02 AM by  Ann Conway
My retired greyhound now on steroids!
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02-06-2011 10:27 AM

    Lucy will be 13years old on Christmas Day but very sadly I know she will not make it until then.  Over the last 8weeks she has lost weight and condition.  We have been going to the vets regularly trying different drugs etc but it is some progressive degenerative cause and she is now on steroids.  She isnt in pain at the moment she just keeps falling over when her back legs refuse to work. Yesterday was a bad day for her but today she has managed a short walk and enjoyed the garden lying in the shade.  She is still eating and wants to carry on with her routines as much as possible.  A difficult time.

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    02-06-2011 10:45 AM
    Oh I`m so sorry.
    I know how you feel, our Labrador at 13 had a compressed disc in his spine meaning the signal never got to his back legs from his brain fast enough and he scuffed his legs, then progressed to falling over etc.

    We bouught a rear end harness to help him walk and he loved it, along also with steroids.
    Sadly it put pressure on his front leg where he had degenerative joint disease too and it all got too much for him.

    Poor Lucy, though it sounds like she is still happy and if she is not in pain then that`s a huge thing. They often lose muscle tone as they can`t wlak well and that makes their back ends look thin

    Have a look on here, it`s worth a look just in case they have anything that can help.
    http://www.dogmobile-online.com/?gclid=CK3EvPjil6kCFUcOfAodwjlztw

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    Scarlett x
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    02-06-2011 12:41 PM

    Oh Scarlett thank you so much for that.  I have looked at the site and I am impressed.  The only thing is she has  weakened front legs through injury whilst racing.  Lots of good testimonials from other dog owners though but I fear in my heart it may not be suitable and possibly too late for her. 

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    02-06-2011 1:37 PM
    We had a German Shepherd bitch whose back legs kept going wrong. She hated the trolley thing, was scared of it, so I cut up a thick towel and took her out for her walks with it slung under her tummy, I held the two ends in my hand, and she would make me run and run and run... She was so full of enthusiasm, but it couldn't go on like that. I miss her still. Keep going, as long as the dog wants to. You'll know, trust me.
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    03-06-2011 3:13 AM

    Mav with his socks for newborn babies with the toes cut out to stop him getting sores. Changed loads of times a day when they got wet outside or muddy so always had loads drying on the radiators!!

     

    On his harness (his front end wasn`t good either with degenrative joint disease) but this gave him 18 months extra, of good quality life. It never made him sore even if we left it on for a while at friends houses etc.

    Our Flock....... Oliver-Greenwing Macaw River and Diesel-Harlequin Macaws Maxwell and Molly-Scarlet Macaws Matilda and Dylan-Blue and Gold Macaws Phoebe-Catalina Macaw Harley and Lucas-Severe Macaws www.scarlettsparrotessentials.co.uk
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    03-06-2011 6:36 AM
    Aww so sorry to hear this Sheena, It must be heartbreaking for you. I know there isnt a lot I can say that would help except to let you know we are thinking of you at this very difficult time.
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    03-06-2011 6:49 AM
    I am sure your doing everything you can for Lucy Sheena, thats the important thing and one you should be very proud of.
    Daddy to 3 Budgies an Orange Wing Amazon, an African Grey and a flock of Lovebirds
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    03-06-2011 8:45 AM

    Thanks all for your concern much appreciated.  Weve been through this only two years ago with my lurcher Inca and somehow you know when the time is right for them.  Lucy has had a better day today so far but it can change very quickly.  I have been using the towel technique which really helps.   She is still keen to keep to her routine which is good but it is still difficult times - I make sure she isnt alone anyway.  Every day is a bonus with her but I will know when she has had enough.

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    03-06-2011 11:04 AM
    Yes, we all know our own animals and love them too much to let them suffer.
    My heart goes out to you Sheena, I know the pain all too well. xx
    Our Flock....... Oliver-Greenwing Macaw River and Diesel-Harlequin Macaws Maxwell and Molly-Scarlet Macaws Matilda and Dylan-Blue and Gold Macaws Phoebe-Catalina Macaw Harley and Lucas-Severe Macaws www.scarlettsparrotessentials.co.uk
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    13-07-2011 1:14 PM

    We made the very painful decision to have Lucy put to sleep this afternoon.  Adam the vet came and she was pts in the sunshine in the garden as I fed her cooked chicken.  A very much loved gentle black greyhound. RIP Lucy.

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    13-07-2011 1:36 PM
    Sheena, so sorry to hear you have lost Lucy. Take care x
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    13-07-2011 1:46 PM
    Oh Sheena, I am so very sorry to hear this but you knew her best and did what was right for her.

    I hope I get to spend my last momnets with those that I love and who love me.

    RIP Lucy and hope you're winning every race at Rainbow Bridge.

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    13-07-2011 1:47 PM
    My thoughts are with you, RIP Lucy xx
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    13-07-2011 2:46 PM
    Run free Lucy at Rainbow Bridge, safe in the knowledge of how much you were loved xxx
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    13-07-2011 2:53 PM
    Aww Sheena I'm so sorry, thinking of you. Run free Lucy, free of pain.
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    13-07-2011 9:50 PM
    So sorry Sheena thinking of you

    Run free little girl

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    14-07-2011 12:02 AM
    Aww so sorry Sheena. Run free and happy Lucy in rainbow bridge. Hugs from us both xx
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