Ohio State Greyhound Program Partners with Racetrack to Save Racing Greyhounds

A partnership between The Ohio State University and Wheeling Island Racetrack has saved many lives. The partnership is an effort to improve the wellness of racing greyhounds, as well as rehabilitate those that are injured from the sport.

An investigative study to check the health of active racing greyhounds was conducted in July by Dr. Couto, Dr. Bohenko, and a group of veterinarians and students from Ohio State. The study checked the dogs for tick borne and heartworm diseases, as well as evaluated blood samples at three different times: before, right after, and two hours after a race. The results showed an enormous increase in red blood cells immediately following the race. These levels returned to previous levels when checked two hours later.

Another part of the partnership involves "4 legs 4 hounds," an initiative to provide surgery to racing greyhounds with career-ending injuries. Severely injured greyhounds are brought to Ohio State to be rehabilitated and then are adopted out through a program at the university.

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