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Registration is now open for the International Sighthound Health & Wellness Conference!

Seating will be limited this year, so register early to make sure you have a seat at the only conference dedicated to improving the lives of Sighthounds by educating owners and caregivers.
The International Sighthound Health & Wellness Conference in McMurray, PA, brings together a unique group of veterinary professionals and specialists in the Sighthound community. Internationally trained guest speakers will share their wide-ranging knowledge with our attendees. You cannot see this group of speakers together anywhere else!
Presented by the Greyhound Health Initiative in partnership with University Veterinary Specialists, the conference will provide valuable medical information for Sighthound owners, veterinarians and technicians involved in the care of Sighthounds.
Note: Because CE credits will be available for Veterinarians and Technicians the conference will be presented at the level of the general veterinary practitioner. There will be a Q&A session at the end. Share this with your vet if you want them to become more “sighthound-savvy”!
 Tina Kelly
Director, Events and Marketing
The Greyhound Health Initiative
614-526-8429
P.O. Box 396 Avon, OH 44011
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Supporters!

We would like to launch the International Sighthound Health & Wellness Conference poster to the community and we encourage you to share share share!

Registration goes LIVE on March 31st!

A reminder though, space is VERY limited, so book as soon as you can. Accommodations information will be announced shortly.

 

We would like to launch the International Sighthound Health & Wellness Conference poster to the community and we encourage you to share share share!

Registration goes LIVE on March 31st!

A reminder though, space is VERY limited, so book as soon as you can. Accommodations information will be announced shortly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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JJ acupunctureWhat is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a method of health with roots in ancient China.  Its techniques have been developed and refined through 3000 years of continuous use.

Acupuncture today is recognized throughout the world as a safe and effective form of medicine when practiced by certified veterinarians.

What can Acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture can relieve symptoms and lessen the discomfort of many pet health problems.  The following is a partial list of the most common canine and feline problems which long clinical experience and modern research tell us can be treated with acupuncture therapy.

  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Acute or Chronic Back & Neck Pain
  • Allergies/Skin Inflammation
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Arthritis/Hip Dysplasia
  • Cancer Therapy
  • Liver Disease
  • Kidney Disease
  • Neurologic Disorders

To learn more or find a certified veterinarian in acupuncture go to American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association web site

 

 

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Greyhounds have tremendous flexibility and range of motion in their spines.

This affords them the ability to generate very high speeds. In order to produce speeds up to 45 mph they completely flex then extend their spine in such a manner that their rear limbs can actually be in front of their fore limbs . Over time, however, this excessive, repetitive, motion can cause wear and tear and ultimately degeneration and thickening in the spinal structures. This can lead to a commonly seen ailment known as lumbo-sacral stenosis. Narrowing of the lumbar-sacral joint can lead to rear end pain and weakness. A human analogy would be Sciatica. Common problems are difficulty rising, getting into the car, falling and nail dragging. Some dogs may even experience incontinence.

Though this is not reversible, the symptoms associated with it can be managed and improved with rehab. The primary goal of rehab is to reduce pain and increase function. Pain relieving modalities such as cold laser can reduce pain and inflammation as well as promote healing. A targeted and progressive exercise program of exercises that improve strength, flexibility, balance and proprioception (limb awareness) can improve function and slow decline.

Other aides to help both dog and owner are booties to prevent nail and paw damage and harnesses to assist the dog in rising. A harness not only protects the dog from over exertion and strain, it can go a long way to prevent physical stress on the owner. In my experience the most versatile and easy to use harness is the Helpemup Harness.

A thorough veterinary examination for medical management in combination with rehab can help reduce your dog’s symptoms and improve their quality of life. The links below will assist you in finding a certified rehab practitioner in your area. Most states require a veterinary referral to access canine rehab services.

Click here for Practitioners listed by state

Click here to Find a Therapist

Jean Pavlakos, PT, CCRP

Certified Canine Rehab Practitioner

Our Hearts Canine Rehab

Centerville, Ohio

Cesar at his bi-weekly physical rehab appointment with Jean Pavlokos.

Cesar at his bi-weekly physical rehab appointment with Jean Pavlokos.

 

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pet dental month

Hopefully all greyhound owners reading this have had the importance of home dental care stressed to them by by their adoption representative and their veterinarian.

Dental disease can have a significant impact on your dogs life span due to its effect on heart, kidneys, liver & respiratory system.

 Click here to continue reading this article from Greyhound Articles Online

 

dog cat toothbrushClick on the links below to learn more about National Pet Dental Health Month, and how you can improve the dental (and overall) health of your greyhounds and other pets.

American Veterinary Medical Association page on dental health

 American Veterinary Medical Association, gives easy, step-by-step instructions on how to teach a dog or cat to accept a daily tooth brushing.

 

Many greyhounds, as early as two years of age, show signs of periodontal disease with some degree of root exposure. Symptoms of periodontal disease include:

*  Bad breath
*  Red or swollen gums
*  Yellow or brown crust near the gum line
*  Loose or missing teeth
*  Discomfort when the mouth or gums are touched
*  Possible decreased appetite or weight loss due to difficultly in chewing.

*  Click here to continue reading NGAP’s article on greyhound periodontal disease.

 

tooth plaque

 

Click her to view the AVMA Verterinarian Dentist video showing  periodontal (gum) disease and how we can prevent our pets from getting it.

 

 

 

 

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Everyone go bid on these great items! The auction is put on by Greyhound Trust and Alliance, all

proceeds are being donated to OSU’s Greyhound Health and Wellness Program.

 

http://auctions.weblite.ca/houseofearl/index.php?-action=list&-table=products&product_categories=11

The creation of Greyhound Trust & Alliance or GT&A came about when a a small number of greyhound friends wanted to help bring awareness to Canadian Greyhound Owners about Canine Cancer and to support Canine Cancer Research for the Ohio State University Greyhound Health and Wellness Program (GHWP). Cancer is one of the primary causes of death for our canine companions.

For information on OSU/ Dr. Couto’s Greyhound Health & Wellness Program go to:

https://greyhound.osu.edu/

For more information about Hope for Hounds Organization go to:

http://www.casualbling.com/Hope_for_Hounds.html

For more information on Greyhound Trust & Alliance go to:

http://greyhoundtrustalliance.webs.com/aboutus.htm

 

 

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Everyone go bid on these great items! The auction is put on by Greyhound Trust and Alliance, all

proceeds are being donated to OSU’s Greyhound Health and Wellness Program.

 

http://auctions.weblite.ca/houseofearl/index.php?-action=list&-table=products&product_categories=11

The creation of Greyhound Trust & Alliance or GT&A came about when a a small number of greyhound friends wanted to help bring awareness to Canadian Greyhound Owners about Canine Cancer and to support Canine Cancer Research for the Ohio State University Greyhound Health and Wellness Program (GHWP). Cancer is one of the primary causes of death for our canine companions.

For information on OSU/ Dr. Couto’s Greyhound Health & Wellness Program go to:

https://greyhound.osu.edu/

For more information about Hope for Hounds Organization go to:

http://www.casualbling.com/Hope_for_Hounds.html

For more information on Greyhound Trust & Alliance go to:

http://greyhoundtrustalliance.webs.com/aboutus.htm

 

 

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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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Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine has a department dedicated entirely to Greyhound Health and Wellness.  It offers greyhound owners, trainers, veterinarians, and anyone else interested in greyhounds a great service.

Membership in the OSU Greyhound H & W Program entitle you to:

  1. Access to all the current information on Greyhound Health and Medicine, frequently asked questions, and sources for the Greyhound community.
  2. Downloading all the Greyhound Health and Wellness Program (GHWP) Research publications.
  3. Downloading and receiving the GHWP quarterly newsletter.
  4. Access to the GHWP memorial Website.
  5. Access to the online consultation service.
  6. Receive injectable chemotherapy at no cost for cancer patients.

Dr. Couto’s conference on greyhound health is only a few weeks away….

The 2nd Annual Greyhound Health & Wellness Conference
is scheduled for:

Saturday, May 7, 2011
Time:  8:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m.
Location:  OSU College of Veterinary Medicine

OSU Greyhound Health & Wellness website

Facebook page for the conference:  OSU Greyhound Conference

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please email them at greyosu@osu.edu

Membership dollars enable the GHWP to:

  1. Support health studies in Greyhounds and other sighthounds.
  2. Continue to provide chemotherapy at no cost for retired racers.
  3. Provide financial support to owners who cannot afford healthcare for their hounds if their dogs are evaluated/treated at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center.
  4. Organize the Ohio State Annual Greyhound/Sighthound Conference.
  5. Publish and disseminate current information on Greyhound/Sighthound health care.

 

FUN-Draising Information: Northcoast Greyhounds is currently running a Refund Raffle (#26) to raise funds for the OSU Greyhound Wellness Program which will end Monday, April 25, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.

All proceeds of this Raffle will go to Dr. Couto’s program!!!  Go to Northcoast Raffle Info

Dr. Couto & OSU GHWP give so much to the  greyhounds and this is a way to give back to the cause.  So check out the Northcoast website and consider investing in a…

A GREYT CAUSE!!!

 

 

 

 

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