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Above, we have my Greyhound’s “before and after” photos. As I look at the “before” pictures – all I can think of is “ouch”!
Here’s her story…
To the best of our knowledge, Bounce’s corns appeared about three years ago, when she was 5. I consulted with her veterinarian and we discussed various options for relief. She stated she did not want to consider surgery at the moment.
According to our vet, the corns would most likely return with a vengeance. (In other words… faster and larger!) Not to mention the lengthy recovery time, the pain, risk of infection and just the fact of having to put the hound under for surgery.
She recommended we do our best to maintain the corns by keeping them below surface level as this seems to provide the temporary, needed relief. She also mentioned to cushion her feet during walks. The boots might also keep new corns from forming.
I also discussed the situation with Bounce’s chiropractor and she agreed that surgery should probably be the last resort.
Bounce was extremely tolerant of the constant probing and picking.
As she lay on her bed, I would tell her to go to her “happy” place 🙂 If she appeared uncomfortable, I would cover her eyes with a small towel. Generally, she was a good sport and fully cooperated.
Initially, I had to “dig” them out about every 6 weeks; using my fingernails. I would use thumb and forefinger in a back and forth motion (like a top loader washing machine) to get a good grip and then literally twist them off.
Did you know there are cases in which the corns became so large and painful that the end result was amputation?
Over time, the corns would decide to pop up at about every 5 weeks instead of 6. In addition, over the course of the past year, I had to remove them every 3 weeks. This was really starting to concern me due to the fact they were not shrinking and we were seeing a lot less of the affected toe pads and more of the corn! The corns appeared to be winning.
So, what exactly causes the corns?
There are many theories as to the cause of the corns. The lack of fat on a Greyhound’s body also leaves them with a deficit of natural cushioning on their toe pads causing constant friction as the bone rubs against the pad.
Another thought is that their tender toes might allow a small piece of debris to enter the pad and a callous will form around the foreign object.
Next, we have the virus theory. It is that particular theory, along with homeopathic treatment – that has just about eliminated the smaller of the two corns and the larger one is well on it’s way to being a thing of the past.
When the student is ready, the teacher will appear…
I wrote about the corns in a previous post; desperately requesting help in this matter. Soon, I received an understanding note from a Homeopathic Practitioner informing me that she has developed a natural formula to help the hounds with very positive results!
I immediately wrote back for more information as I was interested in beginning treatment ASAP-as in yesterday! Finally…help was on the way. I told Bounce I believe I just had a conversation with her guardian angel…
As I applied the oil, I realized I was telling those nasty rascals they were not welcome and they had no choice in the matter but to go away-the sooner the better!)
Administering the remedy is a simple and painless process applied over a 4-8 week period. (No need to cringe at the word “process”.) Seriously, it takes 2-3 minutes at most per day.
After only 5 days into the treatment, I already knew there was something going on. The remedy was working from the inside out – getting where it needs to go and moving the corn up and out.
During those first 5 days, I actually had to remove a part of the corn that had surfaced already. After another 5 days – same thing. (I have to be honest here…my initial thinking was that the corns were growing faster when actually, they were healing from the inside out with the base of the imbedded portion being pushed out.) After another 2 weeks, if part of the corn would surface, I was able to simply “peel” off a very thin, softer layer (not the rock hard pieces as before!)
They were getting smaller in diameter and the pad was healing. She was more comfortable walking on hard surfaces.
I am so pleased with the treatment. Bounce is more relaxed. It shows in her facial expressions; especially in her eyes. She appears to have more energy and looks forward to her walks.
Fran from Melbourne writes…
Thanks Jackie. It is all coming along well and it was a week since we commenced the treatment. The ‘swelling’ which was causing a bulge out to the side of her paw has gone down the corn itself is taking on more of a definition. It is as though it is separating from the rest of the tissue.
Her demeanour has really improved. When you take her for a walk she is back to her beautiful greyhound prancing walk, with her head held up looking all around her. When he took the two dogs down to the usual park where he lets them have a run free, for the first time in a long time she was prancing and wanting to join in with Hugo who runs and plays with a lab they meet up there – she has been disinterested for some time. Last week she was off and joining in the fun.
So we are grateful for finding out about the wonderful treatments from Lori. I will be passing the info on to my reflexologist as she is a firm believer in natural treatments for pets also.
For more information on this homeopathic remedy, you can email me at: info@MyDogNeverDidThatBefore.com
Until next time…
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Now, just for fun…
Here is a picture of our toe model as a youngster – BBC (“Bounce” …Before Corns)
We adopted our first Greyhound, Bonita, in 1992. Bounce came to us in 2003 (as a puppy) through a relative in Florida. She comes from a family of lure coursing champions.
As adults, Greyhounds are so elegant and regal. On the other hand, they are the cutest puppies.
After being in her new home for just a couple of hours, it’s very apparent she was ruling the roost at 9 weeks of age…already telling her big brother it definitely was in his best interest to release the Frisbee…
by Jim Gorant
March 14, 2011
Jonny Justice at home in San Francisco. [Photo by Amado Garcia]
Michael Vick’s return to wealth and prosperity continued earlier this month with a new $20 million NFL contract — while one of his former dogs is suffering another setback.
Vick, who served 21 months in prison for running a dog-fighting ring, signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles after leading the team to a 10-6 record last year. The 30-year-old quarterback’s financial comeback comes less than three years after he filed for bankruptcy following his conviction. However, one of the best stories to come out of the Michael Vick scandal — the rehabilitation of a small black-and-white pit bull named Jonny Justice — may not have such a happy ending.
After he was rescued, Jonny’s unrelenting enthusiasm won him a new home with Cris Cohen, a volunteer for the pit bull rescue organization BAD RAP. Upon arriving at Cohen’s San Francisco home in December 2007, Jonny responded well to the attention and training he received from Cohen and his fiancee Jen Long. He passed his Canine Good Citizen test (an American Kennel Club standard that probes 10 aspects of a dog’s temperament), and was certified as a therapy dog. He went to work in a program called Paws for Tales, in which kids read to dogs at libraries, helping to build their confidence and passion for reading.
|Michael Vick was convicted of operating an illegal dog-fighting facility in Virginia in 2007. [Photo: Getty]|
Jonny worked for more than 18 months in libraries all over San Mateo County. He appeared on CNN, CBS and in countless newspapers and magazines, including starring roles in a cover story I wrote for Parade last summer (Can You Teach an Old Dog New Tricks?) and a subsequent book (The Lost Dogs). Jonny wasn’t simply helping kids read, he was teaching us all about the unfair bias against pit bulls — and the power of redemption.
Then it all came to a halt.
Last summer, Patricia Harding, a librarian in Burlingame, Calif., banned pit bulls from the Paws for Tales program in her facility. Neither Cohen nor Jonny had ever worked at Harding’s library, but another volunteer and her pit bull were suddenly no longer welcome. Cohen, an advocate for the breed, was offended by the ban.
He approached the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA, which oversees 60 human-canine Paws for Tales teams in 20 cities. He wanted the Humane Society to pull the program from Burlingame in protest. “We asked [the library] to reconsider. They said they liked the program but didn’t want pit bulls,” says Scott Delucchi, of Peninsula Humane Society. “We were disappointed, but thought, ‘If we pull the program who loses? The kids.’ So we decided to continue.”
In January, Cohen and Jonny resigned from Paws for Tales in protest. He teamed with lawyers associated with BAD RAP and checked the state’s laws. According to California’s Food and Agricultural Code (Section 31681-31683), it is illegal to act against any animal based on breed except in the case of instituting mandatory spay and neuter programs. Cohen wrote a letter pointing this out to the librarian and Burlingame city leaders, including the mayor Terry Nagel, vice mayor Jerry Deal, and Jim Nantell, the city manager.
Two weeks ago, he finally heard back. City attorney Gus Guinan acknowledged that in accordance with the code, the ban would be lifted. Good news, right? Well, not quite. The letter also noted that the library decided to withdraw from the Paws for Tales program completely.
Where are Michael Vick’s
Although all dogs are tested extensively before joining the program, and they carry $2 million in liability insurance, Harding cited “safety and liability issues” for pulling the program. “For the amount of concerns we had we weren’t reaching enough kids,” she added.
She could not remember a specific reason for the initial ban, but noted, “Parents had concerns about dogs in the library, and since we need to allow all dogs we decided the program didn’t fit our needs.”
The library’s position seems justifiable on the surface. The Peninsula Humane Society sounds reasonable when it argues that even without pit bulls the program produces positive results. But what if the situation involved people instead of dogs? If one entire group—Native Americans, Mormons, lefthanders, etc.—were eliminated from a program because of a preconceived bias against it, would the local citizens stand for that?
“Some may see it as a loss to the children of the community. But I don’t,” says Cohen. “A library is a source of information and learning. If the person in charge is participating in discrimination, children should not be anywhere near that facility. There is too much hate in this world already, children do not need to learn it at the library.”
by Brett Michael Dykes
Be sure to see the section with information as to how we can help the dogs in Japan.
You probably think I am going to write about the beautiful sound of the birds in the morning when spring is right around the corner. Or, possibly, the faithful wake-up call of the rooster? Maybe the sound of the newspaper plopping onto the driveway? For those of you that like to sleep in, maybe it’s the sound of a lawnmower. As for me, I could easily fit into one of those Folgers commercials as my favorite is the smell of fresh, brewed coffee.
For those that have difficulty jumping out of bed in the morning…
I have the perfect solution. Finally, an alarm clock that truly works because you can’t cheat. While it does have a “snooze” button, it’s not a very functional one.
My invention would be an alarm clock that offers only one choice of sound to wake you. This is the sound of a dog puking. If you try to hit the snooze button, it will greet you with the sound of the dog quickly slurping the delicacy for breakfast before it cools off.
“The Deluxe Power Nap – Silent but Deadly” version of this alarm clock has the same features as the basic model but will emit the actual smell of a Greyhound passing the nastiest gas every 20 minutes or so to make sure you don’t fall back into a deep sleep. It’s so realistic, you would swear she was laying right next to the bed.
Until next time…
** We need a catchy name for the “basic” model. Send your ideas in the “comments” section!
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