Frequently, the dog presents with lameness with or without other signs such as lethargy and weight loss. Many owners notice their dog limping and assume it has hurt itself whilst playing.
Greyhound physiotherapy Tag
Injuries to the carpus and tarsus of the greyhound are common. The carpus is the wrist joint of the dog and the tarsus is the heel joint. These joints act as shock absorbers during weight bearing and are easily injured due to their lack of muscular support.
The majority of the greyhounds rehomed by Friends of the Hound (FoTH) are ex-racing dogs. Their lives have consisted of little more than training and racing. As a result, many are carrying long standing injuries that need to be dealt with before being rehomed. Fixing these problems isn’t just about getting the right surgery but is also about pre and post-surgical physiotherapy and the correct aftercare to allow these dogs to fulfil long and happy lives with the minimum of discomfort.