Finding a cure for osteosarcoma is part of our mission, and while we work to find that cure we are offering our members free carboplatin* and aminocaproic acid. See the Programs page for details.
Free Medication for Members
Carboplatin (Chemotherapy) and Aminocaproic Acid
Unfortunately, retired racing greyhounds are among the large breeds that are most likely to get osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. Finding a cure is part of our mission, and while we work to find that cure we are offering our members free carboplatin* and aminocaproic acid. See the Programs page for details.
*Carboplatin is the best drug for the treatment of osteosarcoma in Greyhounds, and the only one we cover. Some vet’s like to use an alternating protocol of carboplatin and doxorubicin, but that is actually less effective in Greyhounds. Aminocaproic acid is the generic form of Amicar that is recommended for use for 5 days starting with any surgical procedure to prevent the post-operative bleeding that is common in Greyhounds.
Organizations That Offer Financial Assistance
Greyhound Savvy Vets
We will be adding to this list over time. These are practices that Dr. Couto has or still consults
Riverside Animal Care Clinic
The Greyhound Health Initiative is proud to partner with Dr. Dave McGuffin and his awesome team at the Riverside Animal Care Clinic in Dublin, OH. We are excited to share office space with them and to be able to use their facilities to operate our blood bank. Dr. Couto see’s greyhounds at this location for oncology, internal medicine or greyhound idiosyncrasies and Dr. McGuffin and the rest of the veterinarians, technicians and staff have a thorough knowledge of greyhound idiosyncrasies.
Metzger Animal Hospital
Dr. Fred Metzger and his fantastic team at Metzger Animal Hospital in State College, PA, were wonderful partners over the initial years of getting The Greyhound Health Initiative off the ground. The veterinarians at Metzger are well versed in the peculiarities of greyhound physiology and understand that they are not like other dogs. Congratulations to Metzger Animal Hospital for being named the Petplan #2016VetAwards Practice of the Year!
University Veterinary Specialist
University Veterinary Specialists is a specialty and 24 hour emergency veterinary practice just south of Pittsburgh in McMurray, PA that acts as an extension of your primary care veterinarian. They provide access to veterinary specialists such as emergency and critical care specialists, surgeons, internal medicine specialists, dentists, oncologists, and canine rehabilitation specialists. They also provide access to expensive equipment such as CT, MRI, and Ultrasound machines that most practices will not have. You can schedule appointments to see Dr. Couto for oncology, internal medicine and, of course, greyhound-specific needs.
Here are links to all of Dr. Couto’s published papers. Additional resource from other publishers will be added on a regular basis, so check back often.
- Arterial Blood Pressure, Proteinuria, and Renal Histopathology in Clinically Healthy Retired Racing Greyhounds
- Blood gas analysis and cooximetry in retired racing Greyhounds
- Blood gas analysis in a Spanish sighthound breed (Galgo Español)
- Characterization of Canine Osteosarcoma by ArrayComparative Genomic Hybridization and RT-qPCR: Signatures of Genomic Imbalance in Canine Osteosarcoma Parallel the Human Counterpart
- Clinical pathology of Greyhounds and other sighthounds
- Comparison of Glomerular Filtration Rate between Greyhounds and Non-Greyhound Dogs
- Effects of Blood Donation on Arterial Blood Pressure in Retired Racing Greyhounds
- Effects of racing on reticulocyte concentrations in Greyhounds
- Epsilon Aminocaproic Acid for the Prevention of Delayed Postoperative Bleeding in Retired Racing Greyhounds Undergoing Gonadectomy
- Evaluation of Hemostatic Activity of Canine Frozen Plasma for Transfusion by Thromboelastography
- Evaluation of Platelet Aggregation Using a Point-Of-Care Instrument in Retired Racing Greyhounds
- Genome-wide analyses implicate 33 loci inheritable dog osteosarcoma, including regulatory variants near CDKN2A/B
- Haematological and biochemical values in North American Scottish deerhounds
- Haematological, blood gas and acid-base values in the Galgo Español (Spanish greyhound)
- Haptoglobin concentration in galgos and greyhounds
- Hematología del Galgo Español utilizando el analizador hematológico LaserCyte (IDEXX)
- Iron Status in Blood Donor Dogs
- Left Basilar Systolic Murmur in Retired Racing Greyhounds
- Markers of iron metabolism in retired racing Greyhounds with and without osteosarcoma
- Morphologic characterization of specific granules in Greyhound eosinophils
- Postoperative Adjuvant Combination Therapy with Doxorubicin and Noncytotoxic Suramin in Dogs with Appendicular Osteosarcoma
- Prevalence of dog erythrocyte antigens in retired racing Greyhounds
- Retrospective evaluation of the effectiveness of epsilon aminocaproic acid for the prevention of postamputation bleeding in retired racing Greyhounds with appendicular bone tumors: 46 cases (2003–2008)
- Serum concentrations of IgG, IgA, and IgM in retired racing Greyhound dogs
- Serum Creatinine Concentrations in Retired Racing Greyhounds
- Serum protein electrophoresis in retired racing Greyhounds
- Structure of Greyhound hemoglobin: origin of high oxygen affinity
- Thromboelastographic changes after gonadectomy in retired racing greyhounds
- White-Coat Effect on Systemic Blood Pressure in Retired Racing Greyhounds