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GBGB Veterinary Alert

Trainers are being advised to keep alert for coughing or off colour greyhounds. Coughing greyhounds must not be raced, trialled or exercised whilst they are coughing, and it is advised that 10-14 days be allowed after the coughing has stopped before starting fast exercise.

Trainers and owners are also being asked to be vigilant for signs of more severe disease, called Canine Haemorrhagic Pneumonia. The signs to look out for are sudden onset fever, panting and off-colour. Affected dogs do not always cough. The time from first signs to being life-threatening can be as short as 6-8 hours. Your local veterinary surgeon must be contacted as soon as possible since the disease is fatal without intensive emergency treatment. Please do not try to medicate these cases – only prompt and intensive therapy by a veterinary surgeon offers the best chance for recovery.

Information sheets for trainers and veterinary surgeons are available on the GBGB website.

The GBGB does monitor and investigate disease outbreaks, but this relies on timely reporting of any problems so that control procedures can be put into place as soon as possible. Trainers and owners are encouraged to report any disease problems to the GBGB in order to limit the spread of disease and to allow the gathering of as much information as possible. The GBGB will pay for laboratory investigations of respiratory disease or sudden death provided they are made aware of the problem as soon as possible. Retrospective payments are not made.

General disease advice can be from your local veterinary surgeon, or from the GBGB on 0207 822 0900 or via the Disease Surveillance Reporting line on 0207 822 0929. Your stipendiary steward should also be contacted.