His x-rays were inconclusive. We decided to wait 3 weeks and retake them to see if there were any changes. I was starting to get anxious at this point since I had been expecting his x-rays to come back clean. While we waited for the 3 weeks to pass we got the good news that his tick titres had all come back negative and so long as his next x-rays were good then he was set to be a blood donor. 3 weeks later he went back and got his clearance.
|Summit proudly boasts: "I saved a life today!"|
Now, this is how wonderful greyhounds are. Dogs normally have to be sedated for these x-rays because they're so awkward and take so long. Two views are taken, one with the dog in a sphinx, and one with the dog flat on his side. In the sphinx they put cotton balls between the toes to separate them (we don't want any overlap of the bones we're trying to look at), and in the side view tape is attached to each toe and each one is pulled in a different direction, again to get separation between them. You can see why most dogs need to be sedated for this. It's a tedious process and you've got all this tape and cotton which is uncomfortable. Summit was a star though and didn't mind at all, especially since I was there with him.
|Yes, yes I did.|
|Being a blood donor is hard work!|