When to Call the Veterinarian for Your Greyhound - dummies

When to Call the Veterinarian for Your Greyhound

By Lee Livingood

Part of Retired Racing Greyhounds For Dummies Cheat Sheet

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.