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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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FDA Alerts Veterinarians and Pet Food Manufacturers about Potential Presence of Thyroid Hormones in Pet Foods and Treats

March 27, 2017

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising pet owners and caretakers, veterinarians, and the pet food industry to be aware that pet food and treats made with livestock gullets (meat from the throat region) have the potential to contain thyroid tissue and thyroid hormones. Pets that eat food or treats containing thyroid hormones may develop hyperthyroidism, a disease that is rare in dogs and usually triggered by thyroid cancer.

Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include excessive thirst and urination, weight loss, increased appetite, restlessness, hyperactivity, elevated heart rate, rapid and/or labored breathing, vomiting, and diarrhea. Continued exposure to excess thyroid hormones can cause damage to the heart and in some cases, death.

The FDA is issuing this alert now after a recent Center for Veterinary Medicine investigation into reports of three dogs in different households that showed signs of hyperthyroidism. In these cases, extensive testing on all three dogs conducted at a reference laboratory showed elevated thyroid hormone in the blood, but ruled out thyroid cancer. Reference lab interviews with the dogs’ owners revealed that all three dogs had been fed BLUE Wilderness® Rocky Mountain Recipe TM Red Meat Dinner Wet Food for Adult Dogs and/or Wellness 95% Beef Topper for Dogs.

Based on the recommendation of the reference lab’s consulting veterinarian, the feeding of these dog foods was discontinued. After the dogs stopped eating these products for a few weeks, their clinical signs disappeared and thyroid hormone levels returned to normal. An FDA lab tested unopened cans of BLUE Wilderness® Rocky Mountain Recipe TM Red Meat Dinner Wet Food for Adult Dogs and Wellness 95% Beef Topper for Dogs and confirmed that they contained active thyroid hormone. The source of thyroid hormones is likely from the use of gullets from which the thyroid glands were not completely removed before adding to pet food or treats.

After consulting with the FDA, both WellPet (the maker of Wellness) and Blue Buffalo (the maker of Blue Wilderness) initiated voluntary recalls of select lots of the affected products on March 17, 2017.

WellPet voluntarily recalled of certain lots of 13.2 ounce cans of Wellness 95% Beef Topper for Dogs with best-by dates of 02 FEB 19, 29 AUG 19, and 30 AUG 19 printed on the bottom of the can. The UPC Code is 076344894506.

Blue Buffalo Company voluntarily recalled of one lot of 12.5-ounce cans BLUE Wilderness® Rocky Mountain Recipe TM Red Meat Dinner Wet Food for Adult Dogs with a best-by date of June 7, 2019 printed on the bottom of the can. The UPC code is 840243101153.

The FDA appreciates the cooperation and swift action taken by both firms to address this issue. If your dog has eaten either of these foods and is showing symptoms of hyperthyroidism, discontinue feeding of these foods and consult your veterinarian, making sure to provide your dog’s dietary history, including what the dog has been eating, how much, and for how long.

Consumers who have any of the recalled food should not feed it to their animals and can refer to the company press releases for further instructions about returns/refunds.

Questions about whether a particular pet food or pet treat product contains livestock gullets and/or thyroid hormones should be directed to the product manufacturer.

The FDA provides more detailed information about the issue of thyroid hormones in pet food in its Letter to Veterinary Professionals and Letter to Industry.

Link to this information:   https://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm548883.htm

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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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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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Dr Guillermo Couto with Bosha a 3 year cancer survivor.

 

ABC6 in Columbus did an interview with Dr. Guillermo Couto, head of the OSU Greyhound Wellness Program at the OSU Veterinary College.

Click here to check it out

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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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