Monday, August 11, 2014


True to her nature, Riley has yet another injury. The hound is so accident-prone. You would think she would finally start to chill out in her 8th year, but not Riley Greyhound. She must twirl, spin, run, dart, stop, start, and zoom in every direction. It is one of my favorite and least favorite things about her.
I am actually quite surprised it took this long for Riley to dislocate a toe. It is such a common greyhound injury and since Riley has fractured a hock, seriously punctured a joint, bowed a tendon, sprained an elbow, and had a minor strain to the iliopsoas.... it only seems surprising that she has only sprained a toe once up until now.
So while running and playing about a month ago, the outside toe of the right rear foot dislocated at the P1 and P2 joint. The nail pointed towards her foot and the joint jetted outward. It immediately popped right back into place and it appeared that it might just stay that way. But then when she stepped out onto a very soft surface, it immediately dislocated another 3 times in a row.  I taped it to prevent it from happening again. My vet thought we would need to do surgery, but when he saw it a few days later, it was tight and not painful. So we opted to rest her.

I have not been resting her completely.  The toe now has a nice fat knuckle on it (scar tissue to hold it in place) so I exercise her, but carefully. No agility and no crazy stuff. Also, I have filed and continue to file her nail as short as possible. Every night I file the nail down to the pink of the quick... close, but not to the point of making her bleed. Riley gets lots of cheese for the slight discomfort.

I am about to start Riley back to work.  I plan to tape it for awhile.  Fingers crossed there is plenty of scar tissue to make it hold.


houndstooth said...

Ouch! That sounds really painful!

Dharmom said...

It does sound painful. It must be difficult to know how much pain dogs experience and they do so want to please.

Amy said...

Poor Riley! I hope she heals up soon and can be back to her normal silly self.

Question about filing your greyhounds' nails, do you have a particular type of file you prefer? I haven't found one that is easy to maneuver and also takes off a decent amount of nail without filing forever.


Hazel said...

Poor baby! Power has several bad toes which bother him from the accidents on the track! Riley, Power says to take care of yourself!

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

She's a worry that little girl! I hope she manages to stay sound for a while, a long while :)

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Amy, I am using a file that is black, 3/4 inch wide with rounded ends. Probably medium gritty. I usually dremel unless I am really focusing on shortening a particular nail.

gyeong said...

All she wants to do is have some fun. Hope there's enough scar tissue to keep things in place. Jenny has a couple of toes, that everything just flattened out. The knuckles are not prominently standing up anymore. The vet said it doesn't seem to bother her, so we're just leaving it alone