Healthy Hound Corner – Bloat

*****All information in this article is intended as a guide only. Please see your vet for any medical concern/s with your hound*****

Like all large deep chested dogs, greyhounds are susceptible to bloat. This condition is fatal if not treated quickly enough. Bloating can occur  without warning and many owners may mistake it for indigestion. Gastric torsion will often result in a bloated belly (the ladies may look pregnant!) and you may even see the stomach twisting and turning. However, you can’t be sure that it will be that noticeable. Once the stomach starts to twist and turn it can torsion, which can be fatal. It cuts off the circulation in the stomach and blood gets pushed into the main organs while the stomach dies. Nobody wants that!!

No one really knows what causes bloat but there have been some behaviours that are exhibited by some dogs that experience bloat. Nervous or high-strung dogs can be susceptible to bloat and there is an indication that stress plays a part in the disease. Dogs that are fed dried dog food in large quantities also may experience bloat more than others. Whether this is due to some food allergy or sensitivity is not known.

Dogs that gulp a large amount of water, and gulp their meals may also can experience bloat more than others.  Gulping food from the floor rather than an elevated dish can also contribute .It might be due to the additional air that is taken in with the food that causes bloat or some other unknown factor. Popping your houndie’s food and water bowls on top of a crate is an easy option, although if you are DIY minded something more stylish like the below made with an old chair and bowl prevents the bowl moving around.

In general, a natural food diet seems to be beneficial for dogs that experience bloat. Avoid cheap kibble with high cereal content and stick with something that is more nutritious and chewy that takes longer to eat. For example offal, chicken frames, and other and raw meaty bones (also good for teeth!) It is highly recommended greyhounds be fed twice daily instead of one meal to help prevent bloat, as they are less likely to gulp their food if fed more often.

Exercise may also contribute to bloat if done just prior to eating or directly after eating. Try to exercise you dog in between meals and not close to meal times.  No vigorous exercise should be undertaken one to two hours before and after meals. Your houndie is best in the horizontal position after a meal as demonstrated here…

 

 

Above all, if you have any question whether your houndie has bloat take them immediately to your vet. Do not attempt to relieve your dog’s distress if you are not someone who knows how to do this without hurting the hound. Any big changes in your dog’s diet should also be discussed with your vet, especially if you are converting to home made meals, to ensure proper nutrition.

We hope you have a healthy happy houndie!

 

 

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Volunteer of the Month

Our volunteers are the very backbone of what we do at GR. Without them, we could not possibly save and rehome as many greyhounds as we do. While every single one of our volunteers is important no matter how much they do whether hands on with the dogs or behind the scenes, every month we are introducing just one of them to you and acknowledging their amazing efforts. These volunteers have demonstrated exceptional passion, commitment, reliability, and co-operation to make GR what it is, and we thank them tremendously.

Sarah Thomas – February Volunteer of the Month

Birthday: 14th June

1.When and how did you first get involved with GR?

After learning about the plight of greyhounds in Australia and finding some spare time from work I got in touch with Peter to enquire about how I could help in GR. I first started volunteering for GR in October 2013 and I’ve been doing the Tuesday morning shift at the kennels ever since.

2.Do you have any greyhounds or dogs of your own?

I have 2 whippets, Indie and Zephyr and a greyhound Reg who was a spectacular foster fail! We adopted him 2 years ago from GR.

3.What do you find most challenging about GR?

The hardest part about looking after our kennel kids is seeing the sometimes terrible situations these dogs come from. And then after you spend so much time with them week after week, you start to see their true personalities shine through. The transformation is amazing and its wonderful to be part of a team of people so dedicated to helping these dogs. You really get so attached to them and the longer they’re in kennels the harder it is to say goodbye to them when they find their forever home, but its of course a happy farewell.

4.Why do you support GR as opposed to other rescue groups?

GR relies purely on donations and the amount of time, energy and resources that go into saving these dogs is incredible. The no kill policy was also really important to me.

5.When your friends or family find out that you volunteer what do they say or ask?

They mostly ask about what greyhounds are really like, so I get to dispel lots of myths about them and tell people how lovely they are to be around.

6.What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering

Do it! You meet some amazing people, as part of this team you make a huge difference to the dogs and its great knowing you’re a part of giving them a wonderful new life.

7.What do you do when you aren’t volunteering or working?

I love to go running, and I love planning the next travel adventure.

8. What might someone be surprised to learn about you

I love watching french films

9. If you could use three words only to describe greyhounds, what would they be?

Gentle, affectionate and forgiving

10. And lastly, who is your favourite kennel kid at the moment and why!

Loki is my favourite kennel kid! He really is such a smoocher, he loves to play and go for a run but he’s equally as happy having a cuddle with me too.

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Squid

Hi I’m Squid, and I LOOOOOOVE water! I’ll be as happy as a (Squid in a) clam if you have a paddle pool for me. I would make a great family pet, I get on with kiddies and other dogs, I’m playful and very affectionate. I like company, and don’t like being on my own much. At just two years old I’m still a baby with a long life ahead of me and a world to explore. I’m such a handsome boy to boot I just know you want to take me home!

  • DOB:06.01.15
  • Located in: Sydney
  • Desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, heartworm tested and treated
  • Adoption cost: $350
  • Cats: Not tested
  • Other Dogs: Good
  • Children: Good
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Spencer

Hi I’m Spencer and I’m a very playful boy looking for an active family with room to stretch my legs. I would most likely not suit an apartment, but if you have a yard and like to go out on walks then I’m your man. I walk well on the lead, and if you have any tiny humans they are ok by me.  I prefer the lady dogs rather than the gents as I am a  bit of a dude – I have a great appetite and I’m happy to scoff any unwanted chicken nuggets you send my way…I am a bit of a teddy bear hoarder and I’m looking forward to having a family that showers me with lots of toys to add to my collection. I will definitely make you look better having me by my side as I’m so good looking, so get in touch with the volunteers to see if I would suit you! info@greyhoundrescue.com.au

  • DOB:28.09.13
  • Located in: Sydney
  • Desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, heartworm tested and treated
  • Adoption cost: $350
  • Cats: Not tested
  • Other Dogs: Good
  • Children: Good

 

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Atticus

I’m Atticus and I’m a quiet good natured boy.  I am great with other dogs although I do prefer the ladies. Kiddies are not too much of a bother to me, but I do like a quiet spot where I can snooze the day away. I would suit a variety of family situations (as long as you have plenty of couches thanks!) and I promise I won’t be too much of a bother at all. I would be okay in an apartment or unit without a yard, as long as you take me out for a couple of good walks. I will be happy to sit next to you while you watch the telly or read a book, I will make an excellent couch ornament!

Get in touch with the volunteers info@greyhoundrescue.com.au for more information about adopting me or my friends.

  • DOB: 15.09.13
  • Located in: Sydney
  • Desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, heartworm tested and treated
  • Adoption cost: $350
  • Cats: Not tested
  • Other Dogs: Good
  • Children: Yes

 

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Elton

I’m Elton (after Elton John you know) I can be a bit shy at first meeting new people, so don’t go breaking my heart and overlook me! I am gently playful, and give the best cuddles around. I believe that everything worth doing takes time (napping, eating, making friends) life wasn’t meant to be rushed.  I don’t like being bossed about so will appreciate a home with other dogs that are calm. With my cute overbite I may look a little funny but it just adds to my character. Kids are OK by me, as long as they aren’t too noisy or I may get a bit scared. If you’re ready to feel the love tonight get in touch with the volunteers and we can have a date! info@greyhoundrescue.com.au

  • DOB:30.11.12
  • Located in: Sydney
  • Desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, heartworm tested and treated
  • Adoption cost: $350
  • Cats: Not tested
  • Other Dogs: Good
  • Children: Good
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Harvey

Hi I’m Harvey, and I’m a nice bloke! I’m great with kids, I’m other dog friendly, happy to entertain myself (I would be ok in a unit) but happy to be social too! I keep a pretty clean kennel, and  affectionate to boot. I’m the sort of fella you would take home to meet your parents! In fact, why don’t you? I would suit a variety of homes so what are you waiting for? Get in touch with the vollies and see if we are a perfect match! info@greyhoundrescue.com.au

  • DOB: 5.12.13
  • Located in: Sydney
  • Desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, heartworm tested and treated
  • Adoption cost: $350
  • Cats: Not tested
  • Other Dogs: Good
  • Children: Good
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Caesar

Hi I’m Caesar and I’m looking for an empire to call my own. It doesn’t have to be a a palace, a few couches perhaps for me to recline on and somewhere to dine, and a good yard for me to run around in. I’m a lean, clean, roaching machine that needs a bit of room to keep myself in tip top shape, so a unit is not the place for me. I’m very playful and have no probelm with kiddos although over 5’s would be best as I am quite impressive in size. As I like to be the boss I prefer girl doggies but submissive, calm males are ok. The volunteers think I’m a bit of a boofhead (how rude!) but I just like to have lots of fun. Now if you think you have room for me contact the volunteers info@greyhoundrescue.com.au to see if we are a match!

  • DOB:28.09.13
  • Located in: Sydney
  • Desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, heartworm tested and treated
  • Adoption cost: $350
  • Cats: No
  • Other Dogs: Prefers females
  • Children: Good – best with over 5’s
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Future Vet Kids Camp

Scott is a vet who lives in Toronto and for the last six years has come to Sydney in January to run a Summer Camp for children interested in becoming a vet. Scott is a very inspirational person and some of his initial students are now in University studying Vet Science.

Since the inception six years ago, Greyhound Rescue has gone along to give a talk about greyhounds and Greyhound Rescue , taking along a greyhound or two for the students and Scott to have hands on.

January 2017 was no exception and Peter accompanied by Izzy and greyhound Rocky, who has been adopted by Izzy and Mum Alyson, went along to let the students know about GR. Rocky is the most calm greyhound ever and let Scott do a demonstration examination for the students, during which the students listened to Rocky’s heart. Only a greyhound would put up with so much attention.

Thank you to Scott for inviting us to his Summer Camp and for his donation of $200 to help GR, also thank you to Izzy and Rocky for coming along to help.

We look forward to seeing Scott again in 2018

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Behind the Scenes – What Makes a Rescue Tick?

It takes an army of people volunteering an enormous amount of time to keep a rescue running, and GR is no different. The happy photos on social media, the cute houndie knick knacks in our online shop, and the fun we have at events disguises a hive of activity, blood, sweat, and tears. We would like to regularly feature one of our volunteering roles behind the scenes  to show you just what goes on to help save and rehome the greyhounds. It certainly isn’t just cuddling dogs (although we like to do that too!). Want to know more? Read on….

Ausilia Cristiano – Boss Lady of Emails

Emails is our first point of contact and the central email info@greyhoundrescue is a busy one. When you are a volunteer with other work and a home life too it needs discipline to get it right. The job requires consistent timely attention and Ausilia is brilliant at this!

What is your role in GR?

Don’t ask me what year I started volunteering. I sometimes forget what I said ten minutes ago.  I do know I first started volunteering at the Riverstone kennels many years ago. It was my first real interaction with greyhounds. During that time I fell in love with many many greyhounds (George, Rosie, Princess, Bruce, Stevie, and so on and so on).

The increasing demands running our family-run hang gliding business (HangglideOz) and the need to care for my elderly parents (now 91 and 89) increased. So this meant the trip to the kennels became more and more difficult. So a shift to helping with emails seemed logical as I spend possibly too many hours online. Plus I can type really really fast!

That brings me to today, where I happily spend my days fielding all enquiries at info@.

How much time do you spend on your role? (weekly or daily)

I would have to say 2 hours each day. I check emails every morning and night, every day.

What does a typical day/shift involve in your role?

The rescue receives many email enquiries about adopting, fostering, surrenders and donating.  In many cases it is just a matter of forwarding emails to the relevant volunteers. 

These days we have volunteers to oversee applications in their designated geographical areas. Helps spread the workload.  Once applications are received, they are sent to their respective area coordinators for processing. 

I also assist with applications in the South Coast and Inner West areas.  So that means checking applications, discussing any concerns with applicants, organising home visits and the meet and greets at the kennels. It is a very thorough process at GR.  We won’t just send any dog out to any home.  It is all about sending the right dog to the right home.

What is the thing you like best about your role?

I wait ever so patiently for the “money shot”.  That photograph of a family smitten with their new greyhound about to make his/her escape from our kennels.  It is a truly wonderful feeling.

Whilst I rarely meet the families or the greyhounds it always brings a smile to my face. Always.

What frustrates you about your role?

Hollie (smiley face goes here).

Sadly, if we homed 20 dogs in one day, it wouldn’t take long to fill their kennels with new recruits.  It just never stops. 

I guess it is important to focus on each dog that GR has been able to save.  The big picture can be overwhelming so it is important to focus on the positives.

Anything else you’d like to add?
It is more than just a volunteer role for me. It is a passion that has been with me for a very long time. As with most volunteers at GR, there is a small chamber in our hearts just for greyhounds.

I cannot find the words to describe how it feels when you know that you have played a small part in helping a greyhound make the journey from racer to much-loved pet.   I am just one of a long list of dedicated people who make it all happen.  Quite amazing when you think about it.

And finally, through Greyhound Rescue, I was Hollied* and found my very own Greyhound. My Zoumi. My very own little black treasure who has truly stolen my heart.

* Definition: 

Hollied (verb):
[Holeeeeeed]
To induce (someone) to do something through reasoning or argument, without them actually knowing it.  A tactic used regularly by one kennel manager, who shall remain nameless.

 

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