TitleEffects of racing on hematologic and serum biochemical values in greyhounds.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1986
AuthorsLassen, ED, Craig, AM, Blythe, LL
JournalJournal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Date Published1986 Jun 1
KeywordsPhysical Exertion

Blood samples were collected on nonracing days from 57 racing Greyhounds at 2 weeks, 8 weeks, 13 weeks, and 16 weeks after the beginning of the racing season. Hematologic and biochemical tests were performed to detect marked changes induced by stress of racing. In general, these Greyhounds were healthy. Rhabdomyolysis was detected in one dog. In several other dogs, possible subclinical muscle injury was identified by increased serum creatine kinase activities. Mean serum Ca concentrations tended to decrease during the racing season. None of the tests was a good predictor of racing performance. Mean values for several hematologic and biochemical tests were different from those of other breeds of dogs.