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Jester
Posted: Dec 30, 2004 at 8:48 AM - Jester's 8th post Copy Link
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If a dog is hurt on the track, what happens after the race? Are the dogs shuttled back to their kennels or will something happen in the paddock first?

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Posted: Dec 30, 2004 at 11:34 AM - nnracers's 65th post Copy Link
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I think it depends on the type and severity of the injury.

Saw a dog stumble at Shoreline and the leadouts were fantastic.One ran out and scooped up the dog in his arms and the others closed the curtain to stop the dogs who were running.

The track vet immediately examined the dog and luckily he was okay and walked away.

Full House runs an active kennel so hopefully he add to this.

Bob

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Posted: Dec 30, 2004 at 5:18 PM - Jester's 9th post Copy Link
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The injury I'm curious about would be an ankle injury. In my pup's last race there was a pile-up of three dogs. Mine received an ankle injury. I know the leadouts scooped them up, I was just wondering what happens after that. Does the vet examine them in the paddock? Do the trainers whisk them off?

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Posted: Jan 1, 2005 at 7:36 AM - rockingship's 97th post Copy Link
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Diane, it all depends. Most track vets will offer an opinion, but might not be the vet that the trainer uses regularly. If the dog breaks a hock, the vet should be able to splint it at the track, but I always preferred to do that myself.

For less traumatic injuries, you usually take the dog back to the kennel and do whatever you have to do for them that night. For something like a wrist injury, you want to keep the swelling down, so you should ice it right away. You can always get ice at the track from the soda vendors. Then back at the kennel, you would make sure the dog's crate was moved to the bottom row (if the dog were in a top crate), and administer further appropriate first aid.

At any rate, when a dog is injured, non-traumatically, you are usually going to know more about it the next day.

For broken or fractured bones, you splint it (and/or administer other appropriate first aid), and a trip to the vet is in order the next day.

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Posted: Jan 3, 2005 at 5:33 PM - FullHouseRacing's 11th post Copy Link
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I think Angela will add to this when she sees it, but everyone above has stated it perfectly. If its something like an ankle injury, the dog will be examined by a vet, taken back to the kennel and probably given some anti-inflamatory drugs, as well as some pain relievers. The ankle can also be iced or rubbed with several different products for soreness in animals.

As for a broken bone, the dog is taken into the vets office immediately. The dog is examined thurougly and a DVM will make a diagnosis of the injury to the hound. If its a broken bone he suspects, he will splint it and wrap it to prevent any further damage. That day or the next possible chance (ie. in the morning) he takes the dog to the vets office for an x-ray, probably a perscription for some pain reliever and again anti-inflamatory medication, and the dog is placed in a cast for the reccomended amount of time. The dog is taken back to the kennel or the farm where he can relax and be under a constant watch to tend to his or her every need.

On a side note, Anglea (brindlehounds) was able to come and visit our kennel this weekend and, unfortunately, the first racer we had ended up breaking his leg. She got to go to the vets office with me, the kennel, etc so she I'm sure will be able to deliberate it for those who know her better.

Hope this helps and adds to the great wealth of knowledge already presented by some really racing savvy gentelmen. If you need any more info or clarification, I would be more than happy to help you to the best of my abilities. Have a great day!

Edited Jan 3, 2005 at 5:34 PM by FullHouseRacing
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Charley
Posted: Jan 3, 2005 at 6:00 PM - Charley's 29th post Copy Link
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Great, informative reply to Diane's question. To clarify, Diane is writing a child's book about her Greyhound. This book has a different twist...her pup wasn't happy retiring!
Thanks to all who that answers her questions!

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Posted: Jan 3, 2005 at 8:04 PM - brindlehounds's 215th post Copy Link
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Yes, I spent the weekend with Cory (FullHouseRacing) at the Woodlands, and unfortunately their very first runner got injured.

He was limping round the track on three legs - a couple of the lead-outs scooped him up and got him back to where we were waiting (on the first turn beyond the finish line where the lure stops).

There was a vet outside with us during every race, watching for any incidents. We rushed our hound into his office where he examined him and put a splint on the injured leg and wrapped it securely. We then took him back to the kennel to rest. This happened New Years Eve - he will be taken to a vet for X-rays to determine the extent of the injury. In the meantime, we kept an eye on him and made sure he was not in pain. We kept the splint clean and dry for turnouts using a plastic bag, and checked with the vet on any medications to give him to make sure he was comfortable. He was such a good boy - even letting us know when he needed to be turned out!

It is always sad to see a hound get hurt, but he was in the best possible care and I hope he makes a swift recovery.

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rockingship
Posted: Jan 3, 2005 at 11:16 PM - rockingship's 103rd post Copy Link
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Cory Owens....are you related to John Owens?

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brindlehounds
Posted: Jan 4, 2005 at 6:32 PM - brindlehounds's 219th post Copy Link
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Dennis - Cory might not be online for a while - they are expecting severe ice-storms in KS and Cory told me he is going to live in the kennel to make sure the hounds can be taken care of.

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Jester
Posted: Jan 5, 2005 at 5:53 AM - Jester's 10th post Copy Link
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Thanks everyone! This is exactly what I needed!

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FullHouseRacing
Posted: Jan 9, 2005 at 6:25 PM - FullHouseRacing's 12th post Copy Link
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Rock-

No, I'm not related to John Owens unfortunately.

-Cory

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