I am Special
The Greyhound is specially designed for sustained high speed running. While he is going at full tilt the dog's heart rate can rise to 300-360 beats/minute-this means that the greyhound heart can contract and refill with blood five times per second during a race allowing oxygen to be transported at a phenomenal rate to supply the needs of the muscles. His ability to reach top speed quickly is amazing. At maximum acceleration a greyhound can reach a speed of 45 mph (72km/h) within its first 6 strides from a standing start. No other land animal (except the cheetah) has that degree of acceleration.
Aminocaproic Acid (Amicar™)
Due to their unusual physiology, greyhounds (and some of their sighthound cousins) can suffer from delayed post-operative bleeding. This can be catastrophic as the bleeding may not start for 24-48 hours after the surgery, long after you’ve brought your fur kid home from the vet. The bleeding can happen with a relatively “simple” surgery, like a tooth extraction, or something far more complex like a spay/neuter or a leg amputation. Aminocaproic acid (brand name: Amicar™) being administered for five days starting the morning of the procedure has been proven to reduce or even prevent this kind of potentially life-threatening condition. We offer our members a full course of carboplatin free, up to twice per year per member and recommend Amatheon Pharmaceuticals as an inexpensive source for this lifesaving drug, but any compounding pharmacy can make aminocaproic acid.
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