Retired Racing Greyhounds For Dummies
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Knowing how your greyhound behaves when he is healthy can prevent some emergencies. If your ex-racer greyhound does show any of the following symptoms, call your veterinarian immediately for help or so the vet can be prepared, if needed, for your greyhound’s arrival:

  • Any loss of appetite that continues for 24 hours.

  • Vomiting or diarrhea that persists for more than 24 hours, or any vomiting or diarrhea in a dog more than eight years of age.

  • Symptoms of bloat, such as unsuccessful attempts to vomit, rapid shallow breathing, a distressed appearance, and a painful or enlarged abdomen.

  • A first seizure, recurrent seizures, or any seizure that lasts more than three minutes.

  • Body temperature above 104 degrees or below 100 degrees.

  • A serious fall or blow to head, chest, or abdomen even if there is no apparent injury; any injury to the eye, no matter how minor; or any encounter with a moving vehicle.

  • Any open wound or injury in which bleeding continues for more than five minutes, despite your efforts to control it.

  • Difficulty breathing.

  • Collapse or unconsciousness.

  • Snake bite.

  • Heatstroke.

  • Poisoning.

  • Burns, no matter how minor.

  • Straining or difficulty urinating or defecating.

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Lee Livingood has been training adult rescue dogs for nearly 40 years. She lives with two adopted ex-racers, volunteers for her local Greyhound adoption group, and writes for Greyhound and other dog publications.

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