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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 17-05-2021, 07:22 Thread Starter
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Molly the new girl on the block

She is very tall! She can reach my counter tops and, in my experience, Greyhounds have no compunction in helping themselves from work tops and tables etc so I will have to be vigilant. A good dog for old codgers because Chris doesn't have to bend down to fuss her She is very thin but not emaciated. She came from a farm yard in Ireland where she was used as a breeding machine. The owner said that "she never had any back on her".

The rescue sent all her meds with her and she is on our version of Metacam (Rheumacom in Ireland). Her teeth are, as they said, truly awful so she has some gel to keep the bacteria down. Also is some probiotic gel just in case. They said she has corns, too, but I have not probed her too much yet.

So far she has eaten what I have given her which is, a very conservative, tinned Rocco "sensitive" in small amounts four times per day. She has taken the odd bit of Georgia's food which is a new dry pressed food called Tribal. I hope it agrees with her because it will make life easier. Giving a huge Greyhound tinned food, especially as it is complete, will be a bit of a challenge with the shopping and storage of it.

A very sweet girl as most greyhounds are. She does wake up very early though and cry out for attention!
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Well done Pat, made me wonder though can you take dog food across to the EU?
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Good point, Kev. Perhaps Sandra could do a trial run for us all. Take Shadow and his food with her and then tell the customs officer to help him/herself to it

Joking aside, some dogs are on special diets for kidney problems etc. I wonder if a vet's prescription might help in those situations. The previous carer of Molly described her as a nightmare to feed. I have not found her a problem but it is early days yet. Not everyone realises how much influence pain has on appetite.
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She is an early riser Yesterday it was 4.30 am! Probably the light and the dawn chorus. Her toileting needs are still under assessment so I had to get up and let her out. Last night I covered her crate as much as I could to keep out the light and left the radio on Radio 3 to drown out the birds. I also left Georgia in the kitchen with her as many Greyhounds have never been alone. They always have a kennel mate and Molly, a breeding machine, lived with her sister in a farmyard.

6am today. Not good for an insomniac who had just gone off to sleep Better than yesterday though.
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She'll soon get used to a routine hopefully.
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We blacked out the windows as much as we could and put the radio on for her last night. 5 am she barked but settled again until 6 am when she insisted it was time for a wee Once she had that she just zonked out again. Having lived in a farmyard most of her life I suppose she pleased herself when she had a wee?

Her teeth are truly awful. The result of years of feeding slop which is common among greyhound folk. The decision, in Ireland, was that there was to be no medical intervention but I am going to talk to my vet about it. If he can crack some tartar while she is conscious I might be able to do some scraping.
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Would course biscuits help Pat?
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Yes Kev, as would bones. It is early days in the digestive department though. She has a history of not eating and having diarrhoea so I am being very conservative with what I give her. Sadly her teeth mean that she refuses any dry food I do have some gel that keeps the bacteria at bay and sooths the gums. She is also on anti inflammatory meds.
Like all greyhounds she is an easy dog. Why do anything when you can sleep
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We use dental sticks for shadow as we dare not risk bones

He seems to tolerate them ok

One after each meal

His teeth are not brilliant although the vet says they are ok and he is getting old at 13

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Enormous marrow bones are ok. Vets still tell you to be careful as dogs can break their teeth on them! It all depends on the dog.
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