SGV - promoting the veterinary care and welfare of the greyhound before, during and after its racing career.




Aims & Objectives OF SGV

*To promote the knowledge of all matters relating to the veterinary care and welfare of greyhounds before, during and after their racing careers.

*To assist in and promote the continuing professional development of veterinary surgeons working with greyhounds within the greyhound industry, in general practice and in academia.

*As the Specialist Division of the British Veterinary Association dedicated to the care and welfare of greyhounds, to furnish expert advice on a wide range of greyhound health and welfare issues to public, professional, political and industry bodies on request.

MEMBERS: Within the members' section, there is educational material, cuttings, documents and a wide array of matters relating to the Greyhound and its welfare.

GUESTS: If you wish to join SGV, you can download the Membership form and Standing order form from the menu. If you have any questions, please contact Michael Watts, SGV Secretary here.

Corns in Greyhounds

Corns in Greyhounds are an extremely common problem and one of our members, Mike Guilliard has a special interest in this area. He is embarking on a non-invasive clinical study in collaboration with the Oslo Vet School and is looking for owners who would be willing to volunteer their Greyhounds who are affected.

The following is an extract from Mike's article

A corn is a circular area of hard tissue found only in the digital paw pads of sight hounds, the large pads are never affected. It is an overgrowth of keratin, the structural protein found in skin, horns and nails. Approximately 85% of corns occur in the pads of the central toes in the front limbs. It is a common cause of severe debilitating lameness in these breeds exacerbated when exercising on hard ground. The incidence is reported as being 2.5 to 5.9%.

Requirements for admission to the study

For inclusion the dog must have and be clinically affected by one or more corns. The weight, breed, sex, age, chronicity, previous treatments and affected digits are recorded, as are any toe deformities. Dogs with foot deformities are excluded from this primary study.

We have set up a page which contains further information and articles including the full text of Mike Guillard's paper. To visit this area, click on the image or, if you prefer, email SGV here