Flying Krakow Update

Krakow

Flying Krakow was diagnosed with Immune-Mediated Polyarthritis this month.   The high doses of prednisone prescribed have been unable to keep his leg inflammation under control.  The pain medication is also not able to keep him comfortable and he has begun to lose quite a bit of weight.  OGGA member, Wendy, has scheduled an appointment with Ohio State University’s Veterinary School greyhound specialist, Dr. C. Guillermo Couto for Monday, September 20, 2010 to evaluate Krakow.

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We will continue to keep you updated on Krakow’s progress.

Wendy’s Post OSU visit Update on Krakow:

Just got back from OSU, we got some good news.
Unbeknownst to us Krakow was diagnosed at OSU exactly a year ago with Immune-mediated polyarthropathy. The trainer took Krakow to OSU because he had rear leg swelling and a fever. Once treated they put Krakow back on the race track. When Dr. Couto saw him he said I know I have seen this dog before. He really liked him. Krakow’s muscle and weight loss is likely due to the prednisone he is receiving to control the polyarthritis; he has what is called prednisone associated myopathy which is commonly seen in Greyhounds receiving corticosteroids. It is likely with tapering of his dosage, that the muscle atrophy and weight loss will cease and Krakow will return to normal. Our goal is to get him on one tablet every other day. He said he will be on prednisone the rest of his life and it is recommended that he have routinely have a chemistry profile to monitor his liver enzymes.
Should his symptoms begin while tapering his dose or should his weight loss and muscle atropy continue to decline they will need to see him again.
Thanks for your prayers, I will keep you posted

9 Comments

  1. Just got back from OSU, we got some good news.
    Unbeknownst to us Krakow was diagnosed at OSU exactly a year ago with Immune-mediated polyarthropathy. The trainer took Krakow to OSU because he had rear leg swelling and a fever. Once treated they put Krakow back on the race track. When Dr. Couto saw him he said I know I have seen this dog before. He really liked him. Krakow’s muscle and weight loss is likely due to the prednisone he is receiving to control the polyarthritis; he has what is called prednisone associated myopathy which is commonly seen in Greyhounds receiving corticosteroids. It is likely with tapering of his dosage, tht the muscle atrophy and weight loss will cease and Krakow will return to normal. Our goal is to get him on one tablet every other day. He said he will be on prednisone the rest of his life and it is recommended that he have routinely have a chemistry profile to monitor his liver enzymes.
    Should his symptoms begin while tapering his dose or should his weight loss and muscle atropy continue to decline they will need to see him again.
    Thanks for your prayers, I will keep you posted
    Wendy

  2. Wow, Wendy. God meant for you to take him down there. No wonder they were asking how he was
    doing down at the track. Let’s continue to pray
    that he will improve and not have to go back.

  3. I am so glad the diagnosis was not as bad as it could have been. I would however like to know what JA the trainer was. Is there a way to approach the track to find out why in the worls this precious soul was not placed in the adoption kennel right away?
    Thank you Wendy and OSU for helping this guy, he is the sweetest thing since Chevy!!!! Remember we will still pray for you, your family of humans and fur babies. God Bless.

  4. Rose Marie Cazantzes on

    It is hard to keep a good man down!!! Keep eating those goodies little bud!! Wen, will you hold our hand like you do our children’s paws when they are ill…I am going to start calling Wendy our young Mother Theresa!

  5. Stop Rose you made me cry. Wendy sure is an angel from God for these loving souls. I agree with you Carol. The trainer should be strung up a pole. Hopefully Krakow will be back to his old self in no time at all.

  6. Shirley Trusky on

    Gosh, Wendy, I’m glad that Dr. Cuoto thinks that he will get better and that it can be controlled. I didn’t realize that he had been back on the track after being at OSU. The woman at the kennel made it sound like he had been at OSU recently and that was in June. I wonder who made the decision to try to put him back on the track… sad… but I think it is also sad that they didn’t tell you he had medical issues when you guys took him. Poor guy…give him a hug for me, and thanks for all you guys do for these greys!

  7. Krakow is doing well with the tapering of his prednisone. He gained a couple pounds and is playing with toys now. So far so good!

  8. Krakow started taking his prednisone every other day this week. So far he is doing really well!! He is starting to act like a puppy, taking the stuffing out of toys. He is acting like a new dog.

  9. Rose Caz on

    I am looking back at Krakow’s pic here and he looks like a little young pup…I am thinking of the pics of his car racing and how he changed into manhood…what a guy !!! Looking forward to how that boy takes to the beach with sand in his toes…xxoo

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