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OGGA will be accepting donations of dog food (dry and wet) and dog treats for the Wheeling GPA Kennel during this year’s reunion.

The Wheeling GPA Kennel is where OGGA gets the recently retired racers that many of you have adopted.  Pam, the kennel manager, adores all the greyhounds she cares for, spoiling them rotten with love and treats. 

So please make a donation of food for the greyhounds under her care.

 

Pam A Greyhounds Angel

 

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Feel Better Soon Pam WebbOur friend that runs the GPA Wheeling Kennel, Pamela Webb has been fighting a severe infection on her arm.  Please join OGGA in sending prayers and good thoughts to this very special lady. 

 

 

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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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GALT, Inc.–3 Amigos

 

  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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      Many of OGGA’s greyhounds are brought from the West Virgina tracks.  The information in the article below  is wonderful news to all of us at OGGA that have an interest in racing greyhounds health.

 

 

It’s been a busy summer at Wheeling with some ground-breaking off-track developments.

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

The partnership is two-fold – first to improve the health status of racing greyhounds through an investigative study, and secondly to significantly decrease or eliminate euthanasia due to catastrophic the program from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Lori L. Bohenko, West Virginia Racing Commission state veterinarian, played a major role in launching the undertaking at the Wheeling racetrack.

CLICK HERE to continue reading the entire article.

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