cause... corn

sadinasaphrite  asked:

I understand you have a long list of these questions, but figured I'd get in line. I want to adopt a retired greyhound racer. What health problems do you see with them? I've also heard they are especially sensitive to anesthesia due to their low body fat. Do you have a protocol you find is particularly safe for them? The rescues have too many conflicting answers. One even claims they never should be put under anesthesia ever, even for dentals, because they "just die!" Which is ridiculous.

Anonymous said: Is it ok to request another breed? If so, greyhounds? Possibly rescue racing hounds if that specification has any problems that pet raised greyhounds dont


Anonymous said: Hello! I was wondering if you could (or have already done) a post about greyhounds? Specifically racing-quality ones? I read something earlier that claimed they were a lot healthier than most dogs and I’m wondering if that’s true. Thanks!


Anonymous said: Hey there! I noticed you said recently you’d like to see more ex-racing greyhounds as pets - I’m seriously considering adopting one in the future and I was wondering what health issues you see in them? I’ve heard that they can get painful corns on their feet and that you need to be careful about their temperature, but is there anything else you see that a future adopter should be watching for? Question tax: came for the the vet stories, stayed for the refreshingly sensible advice :)

Oh vetlings, I have a lot to say about Greyhounds.

I adore these dogs, and am glad to work with them, but don’t specifically condone organised greyhound racing. Most of these dogs like to run, I would have no problem with them running around a track casually for fun, but once prize-money is involved it becomes too tempting to push limits, to cheat, to cut corners, to overbreed, and this leads to poor welfare outcomes for too many dogs.

Please note the disclaimer that these posts are about the breed from a veterinary viewpoint as seen in clinical practice, i.e. the problems we are faced with. It’s not the be-all and end-all of the breed and is not to make a judgement about whether the breed is right for you. If you are asking for an opinion about these animals in a veterinary setting, that is what you will get. It’s not going to be all sunshine and cupcakes, and is not intended as a personal insult against your favorite breed. This is general advice for what is common, often with a scientific consensus but sometimes based on personal experiences, and is not a guarantee of what your dog is going to encounter in their life.

Also please note that this will be a Long Post.

Originally posted by thegypsycob

General conditions of Greyhounds

Whatever their history all greyhounds have a few things in common. Most of them struggle to sit, they tend to either stand or lie down. Their pain tolerance is interesting, walking in with a broken bone but screaming at a tiny needle prick. They like to feel someone touching their head. There are also a few conditions common to them, regardless of their lifestyle or upbringing. They are one of the very few breeds that I think it’s not an exaggeration to say you benefit from seeing a vet with experience in this breed. We have a lot to get through, so I’ll try to keep the basics fairly short.

Bloat, (Gastric Dilatation Volvulus) is more common in the big males, but can occur in any greyhound due to their deep chest. Delicate, picky eaters seem less at risk.

Greyhounds are generally very athletic, but they can and do develop Dilated Cardiomyopathy. While they have generally reached a reasonable age before developing this condition,

Pannus can affect any greyhound, and this chronic eye condition is generally made worse by UV light exposure. Once diagnosed it’s not too hard to control with medication but it is a long term condition. This is the most likely reason you would see a greyhound wearing doggy sunglasses or ‘Doggles’.

Greyhounds can also get Progressive Retinal Atrophy, which may manifest as ‘night blindness’ first, though this seems to be less common lately.

Greyhounds, perhaps surprisingly for all the raw food they seem to get when racing, have generally poor Dental Health. Despite being big dogs that are generally pretty tolerant, most of them don’t like to chew. They’re delicate chewers and won’t necessarily gnaw a bone.

Speaking of bones, these dogs get Osteosarcoma (Bone cancer) fairly readily. This cancer has a biphasic age pattern. Basically it usually occurs in dogs around 2 years of age, and dogs around 8-10 years of age. It’s all kinds of bad, every time and there’s not much else to say about it, other than the life expectancy is short. I’ve talked about it previously.

Of purely cosmetic concern, greyhounds also commonly develop pattern baldness. Typically the affected areas are the thighs and ventral neck, and there are a few possible reasons for this. It might be genetic, it might be nutritional or stress related, or it might be due to blood vessel compression under due to large muscle groups underneath the skin. This generally bothers the owners more than the dog.

Greyhounds often have thin skin, and while this doesn’t necessarily bother the dogs most of the time it certainly bothers me as the surgeon! Some of these poor dogs will seem to tear themselves open with any little scrape, so be careful of the suture materials you choose. They are prone to pressure sores with poor bandage care too.

And associated with their thin skin, some of these dogs develop “Happy Tail,” which is basically a chronic injury on the tail tip which wont heal because the blessed dog insists on wagging it against solid objects all the time, despite the pain and injury. They can’t help it. They’re too happy, hence the name of the wound. This takes creative bandaging or the occasional partial amputation to fix.

Originally posted by emiliotheexplorer

Conditions associated with Racing

Most greyhounds are reared for the race track and it’s not until later that they’re identified as being 'unsuitable’ for the track. Some greyhounds will be 'retired’ early, before they ever get to run, but many will be retired either with injuries or because they just don’t win. Greyhounds that have been retired due to injury are not necessarily lame, they may have healed well enough to do normal dog activities, just not enough to win races.

Track leg is probably the most common 'racetrack injury’ we see. It’s basically a swelling on the inside of the tibia below the knee, caused by the greyhound continually hitting its hind leg with a front leg as it runs around the track in the same direction all the time. They’re usually not painful, and generally go away when the greyhound is not restricted to always running in a very large circle.

Corns are hard thickenings in the bottom on a footpad, either secondary to trauma, foreign objects (grit) or papilomas. They start out small but grow with time, and are painful. It’s like having a stone in your shoe all the time and many greyhounds will become footsore because of it. Affected greyhounds are often reluctant to walk on harder surfaces, and anti-inflammatories doesn’t seem to make much difference. We treat them by paring them out and waiting patiently.

Grit in foot pads can cause corns, and can cause similar lameness to corns, but will show up on Xrays if you use high enough detail. These are fragments of sand or other foreign objects that have become embedded in the foot pads while running. Greyhounds are particularly lame with this injury and often don’t respond fully to anti-inflammatories. They need surgery to remove these pieces of grit, and the surgery can result in corns.

A Fractured hock, carpus or metacarpal/metatarsal might be a racing career ending injury, but not necessarily a life ending one. Depending on the extent of the fracture the greyhound may have no lameness with a walk or light run, or may end up with a completely fused joint. Generally these dogs are only retired to pet homes if they can still get themselves around pain free.

A Split Webbing is an injury to the web of skin between toes. When this skin tears it’s nearly impossible to get it to heal if both layers are torn, so the recommended technique is to split it all the way to the base of the toes and remove the webbing. This doesn’t seem to bother the dogs at all, and prevents it from re-tearing over and over again as it heals.

Maxillary Fractures are a rare injury of long-nosed dogs who are also klutzes and trip over, slamming their nose into a fence or the ground. This upwards force can fracture the upper jaw, just in front of the canine teeth. These fractures may be non displaced, causing little more than a blood nose and needing pain relief and soft food for a few weeks, or they may be loose and need wiring. They are fairly uncommon overall, but it seems to be greyhounds that get them most.

Associated with racing greyhound husbandry, Neospora infection from raw, infected beef consumption (and similar Toxoplasma from kangaroo or sheep) is more common in greyhounds due to their high prevalence of raw meat being fed. It may present as anything from back pain to blindness, and you can lose whole litters to these parasites.

There are a number of odd Assorted Sports therapy things that greyhounds might be subjected to, from particular lineaments being used, ultrasound therapy, chiropractic treatment or 'seeing the muscle men’, some of the 'treatments’ racing greyhounds are exposed to seem more like hope and witchcraft than medicine. These dogs may also have been supplemented with all sorts of things during their racing days, including iron and B12 as the most common supplements. You don’t necessarily know what a dog has or hasn’t been given in its racing days, but most will be little consequence, if any, after a few months.

Racing greyhounds are also known for a few particular metabolic weirdnesses. Exercise associated heart conditions, exercise associated epilepsy, water diabetes (like a temporary diabetes insipidus), rhabdomyolysis and acidosis are the most well known.


Now, this is an interesting difference. Greyhounds are a bit different when it comes to anaesthetics. Most vet students will easily recall that barbituate anaesthetics aren’t recommended in sighthounds due to their proportionally low body fat (and very young or very fat dogs for the same reasons), but greyhounds also seem to have a different liver metabolism that makes handling this class of drugs more difficult. Fortunately there are many other options these days.

The whole 'they die under anaesthesia’ thing is…sort of true. If you put them under anaesthetic when they’re under 24 hours off the race track then they tend to…well… die. But when these dog’s have been at rest for at least 24 hours there doesn’t seem to be a particular increase risk of death specifically.

These dogs are prone to both hypothermia and hyperthermia under anaesthetic, and in life in general.

They are prone to rapid wake ups from anaesthesia, which is not fun when you have a 30kg dog thrashing about and freaking out. For this reason higher premed doses seem to help if you’re using an alfaxalone protocol, medetomedine/butorphanol works well for sedation and we usually use xylazine/ketamine/atropine for orthopaedics. I will not be posting dose rates on this blog, but rest assured greyhounds are perfectly able to have an anaesthetic. They’ve got to get their dental disease treated somehow!

Compared to other breeds

Generally greyhounds are considered pretty healthy. They’re not free of problems, but their common problems are different to common problems in other breeds. Greyhounds have one of the lowest incidences of hip dysplasia in purebred dogs,  and rarely develop the same common structural issues we see in other breeds.

Their blood results are often a little different. A greyhound in racing condition will have a higher PCV, and a pet greyhound may keep this in their retired life. They often have a lower platelet count,  by around 20-25% or so, and may have a relatively low T4. A low T4 can be normal for a greyhound, and hypothyroidism shouldn’t be diagnosed without a TSH level.

They are, in general a little more prone to being clingy or developing separation anxiety. This is generally because most of these dogs are raised in big groups in a kennel situation, and may not get to be truly 'alone’ until they’re in a pet home. Some dogs just need a few weeks of being spoiled with TLC to adjust, some dogs need some pharmaceutical assistance for a while. Some dogs only really relax if they have a companion, but it depends on the individual.

So that is the greyhound breed from a veterinary viewpoint in a nutshell. Some of these points are brief because I only want to give you an overview, but I do recommend vet students spend some time in a greyhound practice, even if you don’t want to work with them or the racing industry, because the musculoskeletal exam of a greyhound is so much more thorough and I understood hocks and carpi much better in greyhounds than I ever did in horses.

Phew, that took a while to write. If you would like to support Dr Ferox’s writing time you can via Patreon for as little as $1 a month!

Signs as scooby doo movies
  • Aries: scooby doo, Pirates ahoy!
  • Taurus: scooby doo! Wrestlemania mystery
  • Gemini: scooby doo! And the witches ghost.
  • Cancer: scooby doo and the ghoul school
  • Leo: chill out, scooby doo!
  • Virgo: scooby doo! And the cyber chase.
  • Libra: aloha, scooby doo
  • Scorpio: scooby doo! And the legend of the vampire
  • Sagittarius: scooby doo! The mystery begins
  • Capricorn: scooby doo! And the Loch Ness monster
  • Aquarius: scooby doo! And the reluctant werewolf
  • Pisces: scooby doo! In Arabian nights
  • Women: the lunch meat is 5 for $5
  • Me: okay let me check (calls the department)
  • Women: they are 5 for 5. I don't know why you can take my word for it.
  • Me: (ignores her as a I speak with the department)
  • Women: sighs
  • Me: okay so they said you have to buy 5 of the same kind but we are gonna give it you you anyways.
  • Women: don't I get it for free if the system screws up.
  • Me: no,we are giving you the deal cause you got corn beef,turkey and ham. You have to buy 5 of the same kind.
Distance (or lack thereof) Part 5

Originally posted by lovdziubasek

Originally posted by acklesjpeg

Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part 4 

Summary: You have just moved to Santa Cruz to help take care of your parents after their recent car accident. While applying for jobs using your literature degree around the city, you decide to make some extra money at Beach City Grill. You end up with a massive crush on Priestly, but unluckily for you, your parents are strict and hate tattoos and piercings. So how on earth are you supposed to deal with all his flirting? (Plus-sized, comic nerd!Reader)

You leave work with Priestly at the end of the day. In the car on the way to his apartment, you chat about all kinds of things. Even though it’s a date, the ease with which you normally talk to each other is still there.

“So when it comes to pizza, pineapple, or no pineapple?” Priestly asks.

“Pineapple.” you reply decisively. He looks relieved.

“I’m glad you said that, because whether or not this whole thing will work was riding on your answer to that question.” He teases.

You laugh, hitting him lightly on the arm.

“Then you might like to know that I don’t like candy corn.” This causes him to throw his hands up in exasperation.

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marksnothere  asked:

Hi again :) Do you avoid honey because of sulfite issues or other reasons? Honey has been my go to (over like, molasses and such), but I'll need to rethink that if it's bc of sulfites. Thanks!

Not sulfites, pollen allergy, I can manage a little honey in the winter :) 

Although you will need to make sure it’s real honey and not the cheaper brands which tend to be cut with corn syrup, cause then you’re going to have a sulfite issue.

The Signs As Cheesy Pick Up Lines
  • Aries: I wanna live in your socks so I can be with you every step of the way.
  • Taurus: Do you live in a corn field, cause I'm stalking you.
  • Gemini: Are you an orphanage? Cause I wanna give you kids.
  • Cancer: Your body is 65% water and I'm thirsty.
  • Leo: Did you read Dr. Seuss as a kid? Because green eggs and... damn!
  • Virgo: Smoking is hazardous to your health... and baby, you're killing me!
  • Libra: Do you work at Dick's? Cause you're sporting the goods.
  • Scorpio: You are like a candy bar: half sweet and half nuts.
  • Sagittarius: I'd say God Bless you, but it looks like he already did.
  • Capricorn: They say dating is a numbers game... so can I get your number?
  • Aquarius: Let's make like a fabric softener and 'Snuggle'
  • Pisces: Are you Australian? Because you meet all of my koala-fications.

anonymous asked:

Me and my dada like to watch all da Star Wars together and it's really fun cause we make popping corn and get pints of Ben and Jerrys and sit with plushie Darth Vader and it's a really fun time! I talk lots during movies too so daddy likes to have me use my paci!!!

That sounds super funs! I have trouble being quiet during movies, especially Star Wars movies. Super cute!

Cheesy Pickup Lines

Aries: Do you have a map? I’m getting lost in your eyes

Taurus: If you were a booger I’d pick you first

Gemini: I seem to have lost my phone number. Can I have yours?

Cancer: Did you sit in a pile of sugar? Cause you have a pretty sweet ass

Leo: Do you have a Band-Aid? Because I just scraped my knee falling for you

Virgo: You look so familiar… didn’t we take a class together? I could’ve sworn we had chemistry

Libra: Are you a campfire? Cause you are hot and I want s'more

Scorpio: Do you live in a corn field, cause I’m stalking you.

Sagittarius: Are you a parking ticket? ‘Cause you’ve got fine written all over you

Capricorn: Are you my Appendix? Because I have a funny feeling in my stomach that makes me feel like I should take you out

Aquarius: If I were a cat I’d spend all 9 lives with you

Pisces: If you were a vegetable you’d be a cute-cumber

The signs as bad pick up lines

Aries: there is a party in my mouth and everyone is comming.

Taurus: did you invent the airplane? Cause you seem Wright for me.

Gemini: do you live in a corn field, cause I’m stalking you.

Cancer: my doctor says I’m lacking Vitamin U.

Leo: your body is 65% water and I’m thirsty.

Virgo: I was wondering if you had an extra heart mine seems to have been stolen

Libra: are you a banana? Because I find you a-peeling

Scorpio: if I were to ask you out on a date, would your answer be the same as the answer to this question?

Sagittarius: if you were a booger I’d pick you first.

Capricorn: my love for you is like diarrhea, I just can’t hold it in.

Aquarius: I’m not actually this tall. I’m sitting on my wallet.

Pisces: hey… Didn’t I see your name in the dictionary under “Shazaam!”

The Kiss Scene I drew awhile ago and uploaded to my DeviantART. I’m no artist so go easy on me, +this is my first ever drawing; I tried my best. It’s basically from my fanfiction story ‘My Star’ (Yes I have no shame when it comes to self-promotion, deal with it :P).

Here is the scene, taken from my fic:

“And now!” Officiant Pete exclaimed, holding his hands into the air, proudly, “By the power invested in me, I pronounce you Mewman and Mewoman!”

“Is this guy for real?” Marco whispered to Star, not really sure how he should feel about the last bit of the man’s speech.

“Meh, who cares?” Star shrugged, too happy to care.

“Yeah, you’re right,” Marco admitted, “After all, the most important thing is that this whole mess is sorted out, and we can finally go back home and-”

“You man now kiss the bride!” Pete exclaimed.

“Wha!?” Marco yelped, the ‘k’ word taking him completely off guard. “K-k-k-k-kiss!?” he shot Star a panicked look. Star’s parents eyed him sceptically, along with the rest of the wedding guests.

“Marco, you do know that this happens at the end of weddings, right?” Star asked him with a raised eyebrow.

“B-but I thought this was only supposed to be symbolic!” Marco exclaimed in panic. “I didn’t think we were actually gonna…” he swallowed nervously. The audience laughed at his reaction.

Star stared at him for a few moments, then narrowed her eyes and smirked mischievously at him. “Marco, are you… embarrassed?” she asked him in a teasing voice.

“W-who!? Me!? Pfff! Am not!” he exclaimed, his voice cracking with every word. He tugged his collar. “It’s just-” he began, scratching the back of his head, “Are you sure we’re not rushing into things? I mean, what if you change your mind and-”

“Don’t worry, Marco-” Star laughed pleasantly, leapt into his arms, wrapping hers around his neck, and kissed him passionately, taking him completely off guard. Their parents smiled proudly, along with all of the wedding guests; even Tom smiled, although a bit wistfully.

Their lips finally parted, Star having a flirtatious look on her face. She winked at the Marco, who was starstruck in every meaning of the word.

Star leant in closer so that their noses touched and softly whispered: “I’m all yours.”


Corny Enough? Get it? Get it? You know, cause there’s a giant corn cob in the background… Don’t judge me…


Tampon breaker Namjoon :

Everything is under control for Namjoon and he planned his periods weeks in advance…well that’s what he wants to actually believe. He’ll skip out of work to get a massage and maybe break a couple of stuff along the way.Namjoon can’t open a pad package and always breaks tampons by accident. “ F*CK NOT AGAIN. I dropped it in the toilet again!!” You don’t even want to imagine how he’s supposed to put in the tampon.This montly week shall be a bloody hell for him. “ The best tip to survive your period is to only use Pads, cause tampons break…well in my hands that is”

Zen Yoga Master Jin :

He’s that one individual that never seems like he’s on his period, cause’ lets be real, Jin knows how to keep his pain with the various activities the does.He go swim and do some relaxing Yoga that’d stretch his abdomen and stop him for getting in pain.This dude is zen for seven days, except when it’s related to his food.Never steal food away from him, unless you want that fork to stab your face. “ You touch my food , I’ll bite your face off”. Jin’s best tip ; “ Bitch, If you want to survive,just stay away from me and my food or else I’ll send my eggs to haunt you”

Boob Pain Jimin :

Jimin is the type that’d start complaining about his period to his whole squad and even include his neighbourhood.Everyone knows that Jimin’s boobs are hurting when he’s in his period, cause’ he feels the need to share everything.Jimin gets moody and wants people to reassure him,which is why he shares his despair with everyone.He also gets extra clingy and wants more attention.He may also want Jungkook to give him a  boob massage *wink* “ Jungkook-ah… come here and massage hyung~ *perverted giggles*”

Melodrama Taehyung :

Ladies and gentlemen, you can grab yourself some pop corn cause’ you’re about to watch a melodrama. Tae turns into some crazy ass melodramatic person when he’s on his period. He watches romance movies while sobbing like there’s no tomorrow.He needs a hug and a mug of  hot chocolate tbh.  “ Why do everyone ships jikook so much?! I spotted Jungkook first.Jungkook probably don’t even like me back * sobs* ITS BECAUSE I’M UGLYYYYY …I’m bleeding and my hair looks like shit *le cries*…F*ck, now my cramps are back *cries even harder*”

Unconfident Jungkook :

Kookie is probably the unlucky one out of the squad that happens to have his period dripping in his pants during math class.Every time this horror movie happen in his pants, he can’t help but feel unconfident.He ain’t smug and acting all smirky with ppl anymore.He is extra sexually frustrated halfway the week passes by, cause’ his hormones act up in all impossible ways. “F*ck , Please help me to sign off from this. I want my active life back.I want to smirk and wreck bias lists again! Now I’m having cramps and I can’t even stand up.”


Hoseok would probably compare tampon and pad brands while telling stories of his past experiences with periods to all of his friends.He ain’t ashamed and is taking this week pretty good .“ OMG GURRRLLLL, I RELATE SO MUCH!! You know when it suddenly starts leaking  when you’re in a public place or again when you sneeze and it s like a f*cking river down your pants.OMFG BRUH.I can’t even  ”. He gives way too much information about what’s going on down there and you don’t really want to know * hides in a corner*

Cramping Yoongi :

Yoongi can’t find a proper position to sleep now, because his cramps are killing him. He cannot sleep and that is making him moody af.You better avoid him at all costs or else it might cost your dear life. Also do not buy him the wrong brand of pads, cause’ the day you do so, it’s your f*cking death. “ I ASKED FOR Always maxi pads not f*cking cheap KOTEX,Do you want to become as bloody as my pads? NO? WELL GET YOUR F*CKING ASS TO BUY THE RIGHT BRAND”

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