Friday, October 15, 2010

A Dedicated Doctor -- Blog The Change

We wanted to tell you a little bit about a program that we think is important today, and give you a break from pictures of our vacation.  Dr. Guillermo Cuoto runs a program at Ohio State University that many Greyhound owners are familiar with, however, many others may not know about it.  He does important work there that will hopefully one day benefit all dogs.

Dr. Cuoto runs OSU's Greyhound Health and Wellness Program.  The program helps to educate veterinary students about the special health needs of Greyhounds.  Greyhounds have a bit different physiology than other dogs, including a need for special anesthesia if they have surgery and different blood levels than other dogs.  For example, often Greyhounds are diagnosed as low thyroid by veterinarians who don't understand about their different blood levels.  They also have a universal blood type, which is why they are often blood donors.  It in no way explains why they tend to think that they are royalty, but that's a post for another day.
Winnie, a friend of ours who defied the odds and survived several years post amputation
Another very important part of the Greyhound Health and Wellness Program is helping to treat Greyhounds with osteosarcoma.  While Greyhounds are free of a lot of genetic disorders that plague a lot of other breeds, like hip dysplasia, they often suffer this form of bone cancer.  Not only do they treat many Greyhounds there at OSU, they also consult with other vets all across the country who are treating Greyhounds with the disease.  They are also doing a study to try and map the Greyhound genome and find the markers that indicate Osteosarcoma.  A trial of the drug Sumarin is being conducted there also which seems to be extending the lives of Greyhounds after their diagnosis of the disease.

Often, treatment of osteosarcoma involves amputation of the diseased limb.  Survival after diagnosis and amputation can be anywhere from a few months to a year.  With the new drug survival times seem to be from fourteen to twenty four months after amputation.  The longest survivor so far lived almost four years after amputation. 
Another tripod Greyhound -- picture through Google search

Hopefully, all this research will one day benefit all dogs who develop osteosarcoma and seeing tripod Greyhounds and other dogs will become a much rarer occurance.  The program continues partly through donations, so if you would like to donate, I'm sure it would be greatly appreciated.  It would be wonderful to think that one day it will no longer be something we have to worry about.

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  1. thats wonderful. we have high hopes that many fings will be accomplished wiff dedicated kind hearted doctors such as dr cuoto

    pibble sugars
    the pittie pack

  2. Oesteosarcoma sounds like a particularly evil form of cancer. Haven't had many reports of it here but would be good to know what genes indicate a predisposition to it. Having to make a decision about amputating the leg of a grey must be a really hard one. :/

  3. I don't know much about Oesteosarcoma and don't know the number of Greyhounds it's affected in New Zealand. It sounds very sinister and it will be wonderful when it is eradicated, if it ever is. Congratulations to the people involved in the search for a cure.

  4. nice post. thanks for these informations! hope you'll never suffer from any bad diseases and that you stay healthy and happy :)!


  5. Hope like you say one day all the research pays off.

  6. That is so important. Vets need to understand that different kinds of doggies have different needs and issues. Yuh, we totally ditched our old vet because he just thought mastiffs were bigger versions of other dogs. Our new vet understands that mastiffs are special, just like greyhounds, and have different kinds of issues.


  7. Yay fur Dr. Cuoto and fur all he does to helps da greyhounds!

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

  8. What a truly wonderful program!!

    Your pal, Pip

  9. Great post...I had no idea that Ohio State had such a program, and have visted thier often.
    The program sounds like a great one.

  10. Thanks for sharing! This, to me, would be the worst thing to happen to any of my greys. You hear so many stories about this horrible disease. I freak out everytime one of my dogs gets a limp. I hope I never have to deal with this one and I am so sorry for those who have.

  11. Pawsome post! You're so right that vets should have a good knowledge and understand every breed of doggies as they are all different, not only the look and size but their temperament, special needs, possible illnesses and others.

    It's so good to have a good vet at your place.

  12. I didn't know those distinctive things about Greyhounds, like the thyroid levels and osteosarcoma. I keep thinking that I need to research the Morris Foundation and make a donation if it looks good. Some cancers seem unique to dogs so they won't be cured by researching human cancers. E.g., as far as I know, hemangiosarcoma is common in dogs and doesn't exist in humans.

    Thanks for blogging for the change!

  13. We have learned so much today on the Blog for Change for the Animals from our bloggie friends!

    Thanks for sharing that info.

    Drools and licks,
    Minnie and Mack

  14. This is really great news, Bunny. we wish the programme GREAT success. Wish there were many more kind and intelligent humans working for dogs..
    Those pictures of special greyhounds were very touching...
    have a great weekend,
    wags, Buddy n Ginger

  15. Interesting. I seem to remember that vizslas are also sensitive to some common anesthetics.

  16. I'm so glad more and more Dr. Vets are exploring such important topiks! Thanks for the info!

  17. Certainly we have had a few greyhound tripods as our house. And I know only one survivor that lasted many years past his amputation, which kind of made me wonder if he was diagnosed correctly in the first place. BUT it is good to know there *are* others too. Mine have never survived more than 10 months and I know longer consider amputations an viable option when this happens.

    However, it is absolutely wonderful to see there is new hope on the horizon. Greyt post! Thank you!

  18. What a Most Wonderful thing those peoples are doing for greyhounds. I didn't know that greyhounds had their own special...what did you call it?...oh yeah, physiology. (That's a hard word.) I know the work they're doing is gonna help a whole lotta greyhounds live healthier and longer lives!

    Wiggles & Wags,

  19. Sorry, I 'no longer' consider...not 'know longer'.... Please excuse the grammatical error. :)

  20. EXCELLANT Post my Furend. My Mom and my Sister Lori have known about the Super Vet. School at OSU. Lori used to "Ride" with a Vet who Taught at OSU. He was a wonderful fellow. We were SOOOO sorry when he retired.
    He very much WANTED Lori to become a VET and even had all the Letters of Recommendation set up for her. Alas... it was Jungle Jack Hannah who talked her into attending Muskingum College (where he had gone). From there she chose to follow a Totally Different career path.. We are ALL sorry that she didn't become a VET.
    Ohio State has a Super Reputation!!! I am glad that they have someone who is doing things that are breed specific. That is Truly imPawtant!!!

  21. Thanks for posting about this fascinating research. Not enough work is being done in these areas - I'm glad to see there are some very dedicated scientists out there making such a difference.

  22. Interesting and good info. We are going to tell uncle since he has two rescued greyhounds
    Benny & Lily

  23. Oh thank you so much for sharing this wonderful story of love!! It's so nice to know that such great people exist to help us!

    Woofs and Kisses!
    The Fiesty Three

  24. thankies for telling us about dr. cuoto and osu's greyhound program! me and asa and mama didn't know this existed, and we think it's really super cool! hooray for dr. cuoto and all of his team for workin' to get rid of that icky bone cancer!!

    the booker man

  25. Greyt info! Thanks for sharing!!

  26. It sounds like Dr. Cuoto is doing great work! I had no idea that a Greyhounds physiology was so different. I am glad I stopped by on the Saturday Pet Blogger Hop or I might never have known. And as a pet sitter, I like to know information like this for my clients. Thanks!

  27. Dr Cuoto is pawesome!
    He and his team sure do a great job!
    Kisses and hugs

  28. Thanks for spreading the word about Dr. Couto! He is amazing!! If you ever get the opportunity to hear one of his presentations, don't miss it. He is a wealth of knowledge of the greyhound breed and such a kind man. :)


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