At The Greyhound Health Initiative we recognize the need for a dedicated health organization for sighthounds and the importance of programs that address their unique needs as well as that of their owners, trainers, adopters, and veterinarians that love and care for them.
Drug Reimbursement Program
Unfortunately, retired racing greyhounds are among the large breeds of canines that are most likely to get osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. Finding a cure is part of our mission, but while we work to find that cure we are offering our members up to $400 worth of carboplatin per membership year. Note: This program is currently limited to members until we have raised enough funds to make it available to the public.
Because we are not a pharmacy we cannot actually distribute the drugs ourselves, so we will simply reimburse your vet/oncologist for the cost of these drugs. To receive full coverage we ask that they order them from Amatheon Pharmaceuticals, Diamondback Drugs or otherwise shop for the best price to help us be good stewards of our funds. If they choose to use drugs from their own supplies or a different pharmacy, we will still reimburse up to $400, but it may not cover all 6 treatments. The annual $400 maximum reimbursement includes any funds used for EACA during the same year as well.
NOTE: Carboplatin is the best drug for the treatment of osteosarcoma in Greyhounds. Some vet’s like to use an alternating protocol of carboplatin and doxorubicin, but that is actually less effective in greyhounds (need source).
Aminocaproic Acid (Amicar™)
Due to their unusual physiology, greyhounds (and some of their sighthound cousins) can suffer from delayed postoperative 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 (EACA) (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 up to $400 in reimbursement for EACA as part of our Drug Reimbursement Program.The annual $400 maximum reimbursement includes any funds used for chemotherapy during the same year as well. Please see our informational page on EACA with recommendations on where you can find it.
Blood Bank and Blood Donor Program
ALWAYS SIGNING UP NEW DONORS!
The Greyhound Health Initiative is committed to educating veterinarians and the public on the life-saving uses of blood components in pet dogs and cats. Did you know that Greyhounds are referred to as “universal blood donors”? While not technically accurate, it is true that 85% or more of Greyhounds have a blood type that allows their blood to be used in all other breeds. Our blood bank supplies blood products to veterinarians and emergency clinics to help them respond to emergency cases and everyday situations. By becoming a blood donor, your greyhound will help save the lives of other dogs! We offer many great benefits to our donors and their parents. Click here or on the Blood Bank link in the menu bar above to learn more.
The Greyhound Health Initiative programs will range from providing sighthound healthcare via a network of veterinarians who will participate in continuing sighthound-specific education (CEUs), Online diagnosis and consultation to owners and veterinarians, and setting up future blood banks and chemotherapy programs to offer life-saving assistance, to offering hope for greyhounds after career ending injuries through emergency care an orthopedic surgery. Interested in learning more about our education and sighthound healthcare or how you can help? Contact us today, or learn how you can become a member!