Monday, March 12, 2012
Greyhound Dog Health Disorders
Due to the unique physiology and anatomy Greyhound, a veterinarian who understands the problems of race is generally required when the dogs need treatment, especially when anesthesia is required. Greyhounds can not metabolize the anesthetic barbiturates and other according to what races may have a lower number of liver oxidative enzymes.
Greyhound blood chemistry showed rare, may be misinterpreted by veterinarians who are not familiar with the breed, which can lead to misdiagnosis.
Greyhounds are very sensitive to insecticides. Many vets do not recommend the use of flea collars or flea spray on greyhounds unless it is a product containing pyrethrins. (See the fleas from the dog.) Products such as Advantage, Frontline, lufenuron and Amitraz are safe for use in dogs and are very effective in controlling fleas and ticks.
Greyhound have higher levels of red blood cells than other breeds. Because red blood cells carry oxygen to the muscles, this higher level allows the dog to move large quantities of oxygen faster from the lungs to the muscles. In contrast, dogs have low platelet counts compared to other breeds. The veterinary services of the blood often use greyhounds as universal blood donors.
Greyhound have undercoats and therefore are less likely to cause allergies in humans, dogs (sometimes mistakenly referred to as "hypoallergenic"). The absence of a base layer, together with the general lack of body fat is more likely to make Greyhounds temperatures, because they must be housed inside