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16 May 2009
I haven't been on the forum for some months, just popping in to see what's going on here and I found this! Just to let you know that Sid is also a rear leg amputee greyhound, due to shattering his hock during his last race. He's three years post-amp now and really does very well. He's a little stiff these last couple of weeks and the vet thinks it's because his spine twists as he walks so that he can get that single hind leg underneath him, plus increasing age and cold weather.
So far we've been coping with his muscle spasms (mostly neck and shoulders) with a warm wheat bag, which he loves. We can feel when those muscles start to knot – actually, you can see them! – and the warm bag releases the tension in minutes. I warm it for 2 minutes in the microwave, and use it to massage those muscles with, very gently, and I'm careful not to let the weight of it fall on tense muscles.
You might not need that tip right now, but as time goes on, you might. 🙂
Good luck with Pippa – I'm sure she'll do fine.
25 April 2007
…we've been coping with his muscle spasms (mostly neck and shoulders) with a warm wheat bag … and the warm bag releases the tension in minutes.
Great tip, thanks! That's how the Bella's Pain Relief Pack works, and it is designed specifically for dogs, with elastic straps that keep the lightweight hot/cold pouch in place.
25 April 2007