Thursday, July 24, 2014

Two New Dogs today!

Liz Troudt picked up two new dogs this morning from the track. Both are in the temporary care of Renee Bennett.

This is Indigo, a beautiful blue boy, who came with a broken leg, and is scheduled for surgery at Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson  tomorrow.

This is Payson, a handsome brindle, who has injuries in front and back.  Payson is being examined at Twin Peaks Veterinary Center this afternoon, and will have x-rays taken to determine what care is needed.

Thanks to Liz and to Renee, for their dedication and caring.  We will keep you posted on developments.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Heartworm and Distemper

Is Your Dog Up to Date? 


Heartworm cases in Tucson are on a drastic rise!  One Eastside clinic diagnosed 7 cases last year!

At least 3 of these cases were local, east side, "couch potato" dogs who never traveled from Tucson. Some were from Sonoita.  Cimarron Animal Hospital diagnosed a stray last year with heartworm disease. 

Heartworm disease causes heart failure and lung disease in pets as earthworm-sized worms grow in the heart and arteries of the lungs, clogging up these vital structures.  Animals get heartworms by being bitten by mosquitoes who are incubating heartworm larvae, called microfilaria, in their salivary glands. 

Pets who live in areas with mosquitoes (it only takes 1!) or travel to places with mosquitoes are at risk.   Even in Tucson, where mosquitoes are relatively few, pets get heartworm disease. Many neighborhoods and homes have evaporative coolers or backyard ponds.  Because our mosquitoes are so well adapted to the desert, even a bottle cap full of water is enough for mosquitoes to breed!  And, lucky us, we can have mosquitoes year round due to our temperate weather. 

Winter visitors bring their pets, who sometimes harbor heartworms and are a source of the parasite to our mosquitoes.  Even our own coyote population is infected, serving as a reservoir of Heartworm larvae to mosquitoes.

     Heartworm disease is a disastrous, life threatening disease for a pet.

Treating Heartworm (HW) disease is expensive (~ $1200), and treatment itself, can be fatal.  Dogs, who are being treated for heartworm, can virtually have no exercise and very little movement so as to prevent dislodging a huge number of heartworms at once which could block heart and lungs and be fatal. 

A few years back, there was a greyhound from the track that tested positive for heartworm and had to be treated. We feel it is vitally important for greyhounds to be tested considering many of these dogs have raced in areas where heartworm disease is rampant like Florida or Alabama. Your SA Greys dog came to you heartworm tested and on Heartgard, so please keep this protection up.

Prevention is the safest, least expensive way to go.   Unless you have a big dog, you won't spend $1200 on HW prevention in your pet's entire lifetime! Heartgard also protects against round worms and hook worms.

It may not be a common problem, but it is getting worse and it's dastardly when it strikes.  A yummy chewable tablet once a month provides all the protection your pet needs. A dog must be tested for heartworm before they go on preventative. Tests are around $30. The preventative must be given year round. Some vets require yearly testing even if your dog has continually been on Heartgard, but that is a small price to pay.

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There was a recent serious outbreak of distemper in Tucson. In fact, for a while the Humane Society of Southern Arizona was not taking in new dogs. Back in June, the Humane Society  offered a free vaccination clinic to bring area dogs up to date.

Adult dogs that are in contact with stranger dogs (dog parks, groomers and boarding kennels) should be vaccinated within the year. 

Adult dogs that are home bodies - don't have a lot of stranger dog exposure - should be vaccinated at least every 3 years.

Puppies should have Distemper vaccinations every 3-4 weeks between the ages of 8 and 16 weeks (usually 3 vaccinations). This disease is usually fatal in unvaccinated puppies.

All SA Greys dogs are current and up-to-date on their Distemper/Parvo shots at the time of adoption.


All dogs should have a Complete Physical Exam at least once a year to assess their overall health and to have parts checked by the vet that can't be examined easily at home. 

Greyhounds should have their teeth checked yearly too. An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.

Guest Blogger: Mary Freeman - SA Greys Member

**Thanks to Cimarron Animal Hospital for some of the information in this article.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wink's Blog Update

We have all been following Wink's adventures and his recovery from leg surgery.  He is now in his forever home and our guess is that he is settling in pretty well.  Rumor has it that he is a big Dr. Who fan!  Here is an update from his new mom, and we will let you decide how it has turned out! 

Wink, now known as "The Doctor" is doing GREAT!! He had a little set back the first week I had him as his broken leg flared up and couldn't walk on it for a couple of days, I took him to the vet and they did X-Rays and it came back negative for a refractured bone, there was nothing wrong with his pins and I was told that either he had a bone infection or he sprained it somehow! But, he is back to his wonderful lazy self and getting along just great!

He is just a joy and he is hilarious! Every morning between 6:15 and 6:30am, he walks to my side of the bed and pokes me in the eye with his nose, telling me it's time to get up and get ready for work! LOL! If I don't get up when he wants me to, he drags my clothes into the living room! He even does this on the weekend! I get up, he goes potty, he eats breakfast and he takes a nap! LOL!  He loves riding in the car too! When he wants me to roll the window down, he stands behind my seat and tugs at the seat belt and licks the back of my head and he stops as soon as I roll the window down for him, and he can't wait until I even start the car!! LOL! And he just rides with his head out the window all the way to work! He doesn't get on the furniture at all! I actually got him to sit on the couch with me Saturday Night, as soon as I got up to get a drink from the kitchen, he got down and wouldn't get back up on it! It stormed greatly the other night at my house, and I thought he might be scared, so I invited him to sleep at the foot of my bed, he wouldn't even consider it, he just went to bed on his own bed next to mine and was out like a light!

He doesn't cabinet surf, he doesn't go through the trash can, he is house broken beyond belief! The only issues we have is he's not a good leash walker, and he barks incessantly should I leave the house to run to the grocery store, Costco or Target. I just don't know what to do about that, but we'll work through it! He gets to do a lot of things, I take him to the Greyhound meet and greets at PetSmart so he can visit, one Sunday we were up there, he discovered the toy aisle, picked out a toy, broke it out of it's package, and yeah, mommy had to pay for it! LOLOL! But, he walked out of the store with that in his mouth, his head held high and proud, it was too cute! We've gone to 4th Ave to visit our Friend, Lizzy Meade at her shop and hung out with her for a little while! One weekend, he even got his first Ice Cream treat that came with a milk bone! He ate that up like a mad man, but had nothing to do with the Milk Bone! LOL!

He is absolutely precious! I love my little guy like you wouldn't believe! He's spoiled rotten! He is just so much fun and is just a total blessing to have and I'm honored and privileged to be his fur mommy!! Life is greater with him in it!

Guest Blogger: Misty Pantel, SA Greys member and adopter

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Greyhound Safety: 4th of July Precautions

Oh boy! Who doesn’t like 4th of July festivities with backyard barbecues, parades, red/white & blue ice cream, and dazzling fireworks?  No matter how you celebrate or even if you don’t celebrate – here are precautions to take into consideration for all pets, especially greyhounds.

If you’re going to a fireworks display – keep the hounds and other pets at home in the house 
Most greyhounds and other pets fear loud noises and unexplained flashes of light. The toxic combination of too many people and loud fireworks will make your pet freak out. Locking them in your car is also not an option because it’s too hot.

If you’re leaving your pets at home – keep the dog door closed 
Whether or not your fireworks are nearby, there are always some bad boys in the neighborhood who will shoot off firecrackers whether illegal or not. Your pets should not have access to your yard unless you are at home to supervise on this potentially dangerous day and night. Dogs can easily jump over a fence or wall when scared to death. Leave the TV on (loudly) or play soothing classical music.

Keep the firecrackers and sparklers away from pets
Firecrackers can result in burns and trauma to a pet’s face and paws. For curious pets, unused products are made from toxic ingredients like potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals.

Beware of glow stick jewelry
While you might like the glow in the dark effect, your pet could swallow the product or parts of the product causing gastrointestinal irritation and intestinal blockage.

No table food for pets
Don’t let your guests feed the dogs no matter how sad their eyes are. Bones (ribs, chicken, steak, etc) are verboten as is alcoholic beverages, chocolate, fatty foods, desserts made with xylitol, onions, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins, salt, and yeast dough can cause your dog the need to go to the emergency vet on a holiday. Ouch! Either put the pets in a separate room during dinner or ask your guests to give only dog treats that you provide.

Keep lighter fluid and matches away from pets 
Pets are curious. If ingested, matches can cause difficulty breathing, damage blood cells or even cause kidney disease. If exposed to lighter fluid, your pet may sustain skin irritation on contact, respiratory problems if inhaled, and gastric problems, if ingested.

Citronella is harmful to pets 
According to the ASPCA -- oils, candles, insect coils and other citronella-based repellents are irritating toxins resulting in inhalation which may cause severe respiratory illnesses. Eating the product can harm your pet’s nervous system.

Beware of insect repellent and sunscreen
Don’t put insect repellent and/or sunscreen on your pet that isn’t specifically for pet use. What isn’t toxic to humans can be toxic to animals. The ASPCA lists the poisonous effects of sunscreen on your pet as, “…drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy.” DEET, a common insecticide, may cause neurological issues.

The importance of tags and microchip
We continue to stress the importance of tags that must be worn at all times and have your correct phone number on them. At SA Greys, all our dogs are microchipped but consider getting all your pets microchipped. If your pet manages to jump over a wall or run out the side gate, dogs that become lost have a greater chance of being returned if they have the proper identification. It is also a good idea to have a recent picture of your pets in case you have to put up lost signs.

A little common sense and precautions can lead to a safe holiday.

Photo sources:  WVGL blog and

Monday, June 9, 2014

Annual Meeting Celebrates a Great Year

Here is a short summary of the past year, as reported at the Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption's general meeting held on Sunday, June 8, 2013.

We adopted 60 dogs in 2013; our total income was just short of $100,000.

Since its inception last fall, Jackie's Fund has helped 17 sick or injured greyhounds, whose recovery costs have totaled nearly $50,000. Happily, many of these special needs dogs are now in their forever homes and enjoying a richly deserved retirement. Jackie was in attendance at the meeting to thank all her supporters – she is happy, healthy and ready to play!


In 2014, we started the year well, with over 25 adoptions this year to date. Our finances, while not robust (we are $4,000 in the red year to date), do reflect a balance of $26,000 in our bank account.

Unfortunately, last month (May) we were forced to turn away dogs ready and waiting to get away from from the track. This is the first time in our short life when the track called and said, "We have dogs for you" and we had to say, "We can't take them" – because no space was available at the our kennel and nor were fosters available.

So, we had a great year – but – we have to do better.

We tallied 190 members for this election. If just 20% of you, our members, recruited a new volunteer, that would mean we would have nearly 40 more dedicated hard working volunteers to share the load. That would be great.

Our real need, though, is for more fosters. What if only 10% of you – only 1 in 10 of you, recruited a new foster. We would not have to tell a track dog, we have no room for her. Will you be the one?

Your new board members will be meeting to get acquainted and to plan for the next 12 moths. Planning will include setting goals for SA Greys, outlining what we need to do to continue our success, and identify what is lacking in the areas we have identified that need more emphasis.

Expanding our foster program is at the top of the list – it is absolutely critical to accomplishing our mission and will be a major focus for me and the new board. We cannot do this without you. So please make this your priority and your major objective too.

Thanks for all you do for our greyhounds. Our greys appreciate you.

Guest Blogger: John Clark, President - SA Greys