Health Issues

What is Patella Luxation?

What is Patella Luxation?

The patella is another name for the kneecap, which is a thick, triangular-shaped bone that protects the knee joint. In an IG with normal knees, the patella sits in a groove and rides up and down as the leg bends and stretches. With a luxating patella, the kneecap is prone to slipping in the groove …

Treatment when an Italian Greyhound has a leg fracture

Treatment when an Italian Greyhound has a leg fracture

When an Italian Greyhound fractures a leg, X-rays or a CT scan are performed to assess the broken bone and plan the treatment.  Many Vets will refer you to an Orthopaedic Surgeon at Specialist Referral Hospital.  They will however, give your IG sedation, painkilling treatment and apply a support bandage to prevent further damage and make your dog …

If you suspect your Italian Greyhound has a leg fracture

If you suspect your Italian Greyhound has a leg fracture

It is vital that a Veterinary surgeon is consulted for a fracture or if you suspect a fracture, if not immediately obvious. Generally if an IG fractures its leg(s) it is usually the fore limb(s) or front leg.  You will hear a blood-curdling scream as the dog feels intense pain.  Commonly the lower part of the …

Tips to reduce the risk of leg fractures with Italian Greyhound puppies

Tips to reduce the risk of leg fractures with Italian Greyhound puppies

Italian Greyhound puppies in particular are incredibly lively and care needs to be taken to ensure they don’t damage their limbs.  Having long slim legs, compared to their body mass and their desire to run and jump can make them more vulnerable to leg fractures.  Adults too can have accidents, which result in leg fractures. Bones provide …

Ongoing research into Inherited Epilepsy

Ongoing research into Inherited Epilepsy

One of the most serious genetically inherited illnesses affecting Italian Greyhounds is Inherited Epilepsy, or Idiopathic Epilepsy which results in a dog having seizures, usually developing in an affected Italian Greyhound between the ages of 3½ – 6 years old. A seizure can take many forms but once the seizure starts the dog is unconscious …

Autoimmune Diseases in IGs – Health Lectures

Autoimmune Diseases in IGs – Health Lectures

In 2012 I was lucky enough to go along to the US Italian Greyhound Specialty Show held in Frankenmuth, Michigan. The IG Specialty is the biggest Italian Greyhound Speciality in the US, organised by the Italian Greyhound Club of America (IGCA: http://italiangreyhound.org) and it attracts hundreds of IGs and their owners from all over the …