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Metro Kansas City
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18 November 2008 - 10:51 pm
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Hi Deb!

I’m so sorry to hear about Maggie’s leg. I know how hard this is for everyone involved.

If her leg is getting worse, I really would sit with your orthopedic vet and discuss all the options, and how those options will relate to a better life for Maggie. There were options for Calamity, but none of them were right for her. We chose the amputation to let her become the dog she once was.

If there is any lysis on Maggie’s bone, ask the doctors to send it for a histopathology. Probably nothing serious, like Calamity, but the peace of mind is well worth it.

I wish you & Maggie the best of luck through this roller coaster ride & will be here rooting for you all the way. Remember, it’s not an easy ride for the first 2 weeks, but in the big picture of her life, it’s a drop of sand.

Janie & Calamity

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 I am glad Calamity is doing better.  I also have a 7yr old greyhound, Merlin that is going to have a front leg amputation next week. He broke his leg in his first home, I fostered him.  He had abandonment issues, his owners did not do the right thing and he was with me so long I adopted him. It has been 1yr 10 mos and 3 surgeries.  I have two other greyhounds.

Thank you for your progress reports on Calamity; I had no idea of what to expect. 

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Thanks Jean! Calamity is adjusting very well to life on three legs. She doesn’t miss a beat anymore!

I wish the best for Merlin next week. Keep us up to date with progress reports on him. I’ll be rooting for a speedy recovery. Sounds like he has sure fought for a long time with that legs & it’s time to let him be a happy boy again.

I’m not sure where Merlin’s amputation is taking place, but talk to your vet about having Aminocaproic Acid handy in case it is needed. Never hurts to be on the safe side! It’s for bleeding issues and you can read about it in this thread.

So many greyhounds have abandonment/separation anxiety issues, I wish the adopters would understand this & act accordingly for the good of the greyhound.

What are your greyhound’s names & do you know where they came from?

Janie & Calamity

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Hi Jane,

I’ve been reading Calamity’s story with a shudder… do you know how she broke her leg in the first place?  My three greys frequently run around the garden like loonies, it’s beautiful to watch but also terrifying because of the speed they get up to.  As I can no longer let them off lead elsewhere since they’ve turned into a hunting pack, the garden is the only place where they can run freely.

By the way, you claimed that "young ones – 2
year olds – are the real pains, but those of you who know greyhounds
know they don’t GET a brain untill the reach 2! LOL!!"  Our darling boy Monty, gentle giant, is 5 now and still as dim as he is large…

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I’m so sorry, I just noticed this post to me.

Calamity originally broke her leg running in the backyard. I did not see it happen, so not sure "how" it happened. I only know she was running in the backyard for only a few seconds after I let her out.

Yes, sometimes it is so frightening to watch them race through the yard, only the "run" in their minds. When they are in the zone, they hear no one. But this is the huge reason we chose to amputate her leg, so she could be that dog again. To be running is the thing she lived for, she LOVES to run! She now runs again with almost the speed she once had (she does have a trophy for winning a "Fun Run" at a greyhound gathering!). Seeing her enjoy her life again brings a huge smile to my face.

Poor, sweet Monty…..sometimes they just never get that brain, do they? I’ve had a few like that!

Janie & Calamity – Morgan, Trigger, Kade & Munchie too!

Janie & Calamity

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