Friday, October 19, 2012

Steroids and Greyhounds

While it is a known fact (thanks, quack vet) that steroids are used on the female greyhounds to suppress estrus, the heat cycle, to a real human (those with a heart and a soul), it is a grievous mistreatment.

Usage seems to have abated somewhat.  But not at Tucson Greyhound Park. Quite the feisty rumble about Taylor’s quack vet sneaking around the laws to jack up some dogs.

It’s quite real that these methods are used.  To get one more buck off a greyhound.  But these methods do not come without a cost to the greyhounds.

Malformation of the clitoris, known as clitoral hyperplasia (Google it, folks).  Abnormal growth.  Conditions ranging from UTIs and worse. 

My baby girl seems to be a recipient of this over vealous mentality of ‘No Heat, Race, Bitch’.  While not extreme, it is noticeable.  I’ve had many female dogs in my life.  I know normal.  And I know abnormal. 

It’s odd.  Congress goes after Lance and Barry and all pro-athletes for steroid usage.  Where is the outrage over juicing dogs?  Even Tommy and all pro-racing folks call them “athletes”.    

I’m not sure how that is acceptable to inject animals to perform (or not) when it is unacceptable for the pro athletes.

 And now, Tommy says he won’t race females any more.  He’d rather dump them on “adoption” and rescue groups to home.  For the first time. 

Well, I suppose the other side of the coin is far worse... 
I just hope they get homed.  The industry doesn't seem very compassionate...

Listen, injecting the female greyhounds is wrong on so many grounds.  The future problems it causes a dog you want to place into adoption are simply unforgiveable.  I mean, you do want to adopt them out, right??  Sometimes I wonder…  It may have abated, from what I hear.  While trainers used to overdose the hounds, they seem to less of it now. 

Less is not none.

Useful information for those who want to learn more.  Critical information for those who see nothing wrong with jacking up a dog in a dark parking lot.

Oh, by the way, link is from the world renowned greyhound vet, Dr. Guillermo Couto.  He knows greyhounds…  Might want to check him out...
Yes, steroid injections on greyhounds is very harmful.  Sure, you love the dogs...


LindaVB said...

My girl, Kelly, who is now 6 is scheduled for major surgery to correct the condition you mention. She has been in pain for years and will be until the condition is corrected. And it ain't free. Wish I could send the bill to those fools. Sure, they care about the dogs. They don't give a damn. Dope 'em up, folks. You don't have to deal with the results. We do. The adopters. Do you really think, now that the gene has been identified, that they'll be willing to breed osteosarcoma out of the racing greyhound? Hell no. They breed for speed. Let US deal with the heartbreak and pain. Jerks.

Alafair Robicheaux said...

I think my retired racer girl has this and in everything I have read surgery is the only successful treatment.i have s couple questions; what is the cost of this surgery? And why couldnt we legally charge those responsible? And what does a normal area look like so I can compare with my greyhound, anyone have pictures. Im gonna take her to the vet but wanted to kind of have an idea beforehand

Nancy said...

Alafair, I've also contacted a friend in rescue who is very familiar with this. I'll see if we can dig some info for this.

I know it causes pain and there is a protrusion, but without my friend's comments, I don't want to misstate. Be sure and get your girl checked out though, if you think there is an issue.

In the meantime, I'll see what I can get from the ones who know best.


Nancy said...

Here are a couple of links you can check out. One is an article a friend has written and the other is a research done by Ohio State University's Greyhound Health and Wellness.

The pictures on the OSU page may be graphic to some.

Good luck!