Wednesday, February 03, 2010

The Weekend of Cliff

My poor boy Clifford. He had a rough, rough weekend. I'm not sure if I've mentioned it before, but Clifford has a bum back leg that has always been wonky for one reason or another: one of the paw pads has a corn, he had a knee strain at one point, the leg always trembles when he stands too long, etc. The past 6 months has been a limp-fest, so we've tried Deramaxx, which gave him the Big D very badly. We tried another round of the Deramaxx before giving him a break and then switching him to some of Lucy's old Metacam (she's on Dereamaxx now). The Metacam worked great for several hits but then stopped working. And the limping continued.

This past weekend, Cliff wasn't even putting any weight on the leg. Even my parents noticed. :o(

Monday I called the vet, and they said I should call an orthopedic specialist for x-rays. I then rang Dr. B., Lucy's specialist, and they were able to get me in yesterday (Bless my boss, who let me take a personal day!!).

After a long, worried-filled day of waiting, Cliff's problem was pinpointed: Disc Disease. I forgot the long, official name for it but basically he has two areas that are pinching at his discs, causing sciatica-type symptoms. He's on Metacam every day for 2 weeks, and then we'll go from there. He may need cortisone shots in his spine periodically.

I'm so thankful it isn't bone cancer. When you hear "greyhound" and "limp" in the same sentence, it's usually osteosarcoma.... and yet I've had 2 limping greyhounds, and have dodged the bullet twice. Tonight when I got home  from work, Cliff was running around the yard like a dzikus with a toy in his mouth... chasing Jack, peeing on the fence, galloping here and there. It's great to see him so full of life and happy- with no limp at all! What a guy. :o)



Never Say Never Greyhounds said...


Hope he's feeling comfortable.


Sarah Regan Snavely said...

I second Jen's acupuncture comment.

My Kelly had this same thing - ActiFlex was a godsend for him. Used the horse version since they didn't have the dog version at the time. A Greyhound trainer told me if it works, it will be within three days. Sure enough, it worked for a long time until other things caught up with him. He was a 31+" Greyhound who raced until he was 5 and lived to nearly 14 years old.

Didn't have an acupuncturist near us...

Good luck. Love those red dogs....
Sarah Snavely

Jen said...

Wow, thanks so much for the hints/tips, guys!


Sistertex said...

I know what you mean about a limping Greyhound...been there done that way too many times. Glad to hear it wasn't cancer. (whew!)

I third the above suggestion.

In loving memory of Caesar D. (April 1995-Jan. 6, 2009) said...

Clifford likely has lumbosacral stenosis (disc disease, arthritis), which has got to be the most common bone problem in GHs. Rarely have I see a sr. greys without weak hindquarters. My greys have gone to Dr. Bookbinder, too. Before Caesar was diagnosed with bone cancer, he had arthritis in his back end for 2 yrs. I tried everything...supplements, Metacam, Deramaxx, etc. I even had Dr. B give him cortisone injections which didn't work at all, and I wish I had never put him through it (he was shaven so close to his skin that he was bruised). He did get aquapuncture (wet B12 injections) from Dr. Brown at Village Vet, though, and it worked well.

When my other GH, Roman, started limping (his lameness is in the front, though, not the back, although he has a hard time lifting his right back leg due to arterial disease), I even got him an MRI, which showed cervical disc disease. I took him to Bridge St. where they have hydrotherapy, massage, and acupuncture. I highly recommend Lis Conarton, the one who put Roman in the water. I had to stop when he got a kidney infection, but I'd go back in a heartbeat. With Roman, Metacam didn't work, nor did his Glycoflex supplements, but he's doing well on Tramadol and fish oil supplements.