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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

    1. Big Hearts Fund
    2. The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund
    3. Frankie’s Friends
    4. Handicapped Pets Foundation
    5. In Memory of Magic
    6. The Mosby Foundation
    7. Paws 4 a Cure
    8. The Pet Fund
    9. Shakespeare Animal Fund
    10. The Magic Bullet Fund
    11. The Joshua Louis Animal Cancer Foundation

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.

Educational Material

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.

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