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Preparing to take blood samples of Wheeling greyhounds after a race are from left, Dawn Hudson, Kelly Kontur and Dr. C. Guillermo Couto of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine Greyhound Health and Wellness Program. (Photos by Stan Pawloski, Times Leader Wire Editor)


Last year the Wheeling Island Racetrack and The Ohio State University  formed a joint venture targeting the wellness of greyhounds.

With support of the West Virginia Racing Commission and Wheeling Island, the investigative study was conducted in July (2011) at Wheeling by Dr. Couto, Dr. Bohenko and a group of veterinarians and students from Ohio State University.


Dr. Bohenko said the study had three goals –
provide health screens for 120 greyhounds,
test for tick borne and heart worm diseases and
the effects of exercise (racing) on blood work.

“Through this joint effort, we are trying to learn more about these greyhounds and what makes them tick,” Dr. Bohenko said. “This is the first time a study of this magnitude using actively racing dogs has ever been conducted. Mostly retired greyhounds have been used in the past.”

The greyhounds in the study had blood drawn on three occasions – the day before they were scheduled to race, immediately after their race and one to two hours after the completion of their race.

In addition to tests for heart worm and tick borne diseases, Dr. Couto and his staff did complete blood counts (CBCs), serum chemistry profiles (liver, kidney function, etc.) and blood gas analysis (BGs). The heart worm and tick borne disease tests all were negative.

“It’s a good reflection on the care these greyhounds receive,” Dr. Bohenko said. “It also points out to people who want to adopt them that there are no problems.”

The above article is an excerpt from The National Greyhound Association’s websiteIf you are interested in reading Stan Pawloski’s entire article on the Greyhound Program Click Here.

The Ohio State Greyhound Development Fund is constantly looking for additional sources of funding for this project.  If you wish to make a donation, please visit Greyhound Health and Wellness Fund

Or send a check to The Greyhound Health and Wellness Program, 6012 Vernon L. Tharp St., Columbus, OH 43210.



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  4 Legs 4 Hounds Program is a partnership between Wheeling Island Racetrack & Kennels and the Ohio State Veterinary School Greyhound Wellness Program to rehabilitate greyhounds that suffer career ending leg fractures.



One of the most common racing injuries that will usually end the career of a racer is the broken hock. Usually the right back leg is the most vulnerable due to the stress on the first turn.


This partnership is two-fold:


First, to improve the health status of racing greyhounds through an investigative study.

Secondly, to significantly decrease or eliminate euthanasia due to catastrophic fractures. 

Wheeling Island Racetrack pays for all medical bills to repair the broken legs, then the greyhounds  become a ward of  Greyhound Pets of America (GPA).  From there the greyhounds go to adoption organizations which find adoptive homes for them to enjoy their retirement in.




The Ohio State Greyhound Development Fund is constantly looking for additional sources of funding for this project.  If you wish to make a donation, please visit OSU Greyhound Health & Wellness website.

Or send a check to The Greyhound Health and Wellness Program, 6012 Vernon L. Tharp St., Columbus, OH 43210.

For more information  “Celebrating Greyhounds” magazine Spring 2012 issue offers an in depth article on the program.





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To view the recent ABC Channel 13 news story about Bentley click here.


Bentley with his doctor, Dr. Au, before he was released from O.S.U. on 11/12/2011

Excerpts taken from North Coast Greyhound Connection website.


Bentley, a 6 month old greyhound, arrived to NCGC several weeks ago from a training farm in West Virginia.  Prior to his arrival, NCGC were notified that he sustained serious injuries during a turnout and would never be able to race.  When NCGC representatives traveled to W.V. to pick him up, it was apparent from initial observation that his injuries were more serious than were led to believe.  In addition, he was severely underweight, under 40 lbs.


NCGC veterinarian, Dr. Roger Grothaus, felt that Bentley had been in pain for several months due to improper care of the injuries he sustained and further recommended that he be seen by OSU for a course of treatment due to the seriousness of his injuries.


On November 8th, Bentley was taken to OSU where Dr. Jennifer Au confirmed what Dr. Grothaus suspected.  An infection had developed in his left foreleg to the degree that the cartilage at his elbow joint had dissolved completely.  The infection had now spread internally through bone and tissue and had caused him tremendous pain from his paw up to and including his shoulder.

Dr. Au recommended that it was best to perform a “four point” amputation.  This involves taking the foreleg, shoulder and clavicle.  The amputation was performed on November 9th and was successful.  Bentley is now recovering in his foster home with lots of love and attention to help him with his healing process.

He’s experiencing “phantom pains” which we were told by Dr. Jennifer can result from post-amputation surgeries and will diminish with time.  We are happy to report that he is gaining weight, loves treats and gives plenty of kisses to those that come in contact with him.
In spite of the pain Bentley has endured, his will to live is unending and his happy, positive spirit is addicting to all those that have a chance to meet this little guy in person. Many life lessons can be learned from the positive energy that he emits.


As you can imagine, NCGC is facing an enormous medical bill for Bentley’s surgery and we will do whatever it takes for him. Please consider donating to Bentley’s fund, even just the smallest amount will be greatly appreciated.

There are several ways to donate to Bentley’s fund:

  • Donation jars will be set-up at various NCGC events
  • Facebook Page also has a donation link located on the left-hand side (below our logo),
  • Mail a check (payable to “NCGC”) and mail it to:   NCGC/Treasurer , 116 Canterbury Drive,  Fremont, Ohio 43420.







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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.

OGGA is reaching out to the public to help support the cost of Krakow’s medical treatment.  Please consider making a donation on our donation page through Paypal.  Or mail your check to OGGA Treasurer, 3116 Pinevale, Louisville, OH 44641.  All donations of any amount are gratefully appreciated.

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