Nine-years old and weighing twelve pounds, Sam is a very sweet, mellow Italian Greyhound who enjoys going for walks, cuddling, playing with his toys, and chewing on bully sticks.
In addition, Sam is crate trained, travels nicely by car, does not bark, is good on-leash (does not pull), and is good with dogs, cats, and children.
Sam was diagnosed with mild (low-grade) cervical disc decompression (inter-vertebral disc disease) in January from what his veterinarian believes was an acute event. Sam is doing extremely well (basically back to his pre-diagnosis self!) and has not been given any restrictions by his veterinarian – additional information is available.
Sam is housetrained to potty outside in a fenced area. However, since being on medication for his inter-vertebral disc disease, he does have accidents when left in his crate too long. (Note - Sam's accidents have decreased as his medication has been decreased). Therefore, an adoptive home where someone is available to provide companionship to Sam and to take him out for potty breaks is desired.
If you are interested in providing a loving home to a fantastic Italian Greyhound, please contact Italian Greyhound Place. Sam can go to a home with a resident dog (or dogs),
Sam’s veterinarian diagnosed Sam in January 2017 with mild cervical, or neck, disc decompression (or inter-vertebral disc disease), most likely due to what she termed a “traumatic” or acute event. She considers it to be a mild, or low-grade, case that responded to medication and chiropractic traction. His medication has been reduced, but the veterinarian recommends keeping him on a low dose of gabapentin long-term (describing this as an appropriate maintenance approach). The veterinarian indicated that incorporating the chiropractic therapy worked in tandem with the medication, but continuation is not mandatory (Sam currently receives chiropractic treatment every two months and, if an adopter were to continue with the chiropractic option, Sam’s veterinarian would be glad to assist in locating a resource close to them).
The veterinarian did not recommend an MRI since medical management was the appropriate course of action and Sam was not, at any point, a candidate for surgery. Regarding activity, the veterinarian indicated that there are no restrictions, but a continued, gradual introduction to pre-diagnosis activities is best – Sam is currently basically back to his pre-diagnosis self with the exception of being allowed “rough” play with other dogs. Sam’s prognosis, according to his veterinarian, is excellent. The veterinarian does not think the condition will progress, although it is possible that Sam could do something at some point to exacerbate it, requiring a temporary increase in medication. Of course there is no guarantee regarding the prognosis.
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