Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Greyhound: racing injuries - overview

Synonym(s): Racing dog injuries

Contributor(s): Michael Guilliard, Alessandro Piras

Introduction

  • Greyhounds run under strict rules. The race tracks are oval with long front and back straights. The racing surface is compressed wet sand.
  • They always run in an anticlockwise direction chasing a lure.
  • The majority of races are run over approximately 480 meters. Shorter (sprint) and longer (distance or marathon) are usually included on the race card, as are hurdle races.
  • The average speed of a middle grade Greyhound is 36 miles per hour. This can only be maintained for less than one minute.
  • Greyhounds race on average three times in 14 days.
  • The racing career begins at about 18 months of age and usually finishes at four years of age.

Etiopathology of racing injuries

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Clinical examination

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Muscle injuries

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Fractures

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Ligament injuries and sprains

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from VetMedResource and PubMed.
  • Guilliard M J (2006) Proximal interphalangeal joint instability in the dog. JSAP 44, 399-403.

Other sources of information

  • Canine Sports Medicine and Surgery. (1998) Eds. M S Bloomberg, J F Dee & R A Taylor. W B Saunders Company, Philadelphia.
  • Bythe L L, Gannon J R, Craig A M (1994) Care of the Racing Greyhound: Guide for Trainers, Breeders and Veterinarians. Santa Barbara, Ca: Veterinary Practice Publishing Co.


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