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These are © Red Branch Hounds - They do NOT want to live somewhere else - Do not take them.
Listed below are some veterinarian, health and medical sites which I found to be both interesting and informative. Many of the giant or larger breeds share some of the same problems, so we've included sites of those breeds with pertinent information. In visiting these sites, you may expand your knowledge of particular problems, and should the need arise, at least then you may be more familiar with some procedures to follow which have worked for others.

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The most important procedure of all, is to get your hound PROMPT medical attention. Nothing posted herein is by ANY means meant to take the place of proper medical treatment by a QUALIFIED veterinarian.

Last revision April 7, 1998

Selecting Your Veterinarian:

Your dogs life, can depend naturally on the medical decisions made by your veterinarian. If you own any breed classified as a "Sighthound," there are some situations that can occur that are not prevalent in other breeds. Ask the vet exactly what experience they have with your breed. If the response is "Oh, I've worked with sighthounds a lot!" Probe deeper into that, you may find that all of their experience with sighthounds amounts to drawing blood from dogs who are used as "blood donors." Which certainly will not equip them to deal with any problems you may run into.

Ask for the names, etc., of owners of sighthounds they have successfully treated. If you live in the same area as your breeder, ask who they recommend and why? If you feel that there isn't anyone locally you can discuss this with, contact any of the "breed" clubs in your area. There's nothing more that people love to talk about than their dogs, they will be glad to help wherever they can.

Once you've selected your veterinarian, probably the best advise I can give is to make an appointment and discuss what their recommended procedures are in particular situations. Obtain a number so that they can be contacted at all times, if your lucky enough to live in an area that has an "Animal Emergency Clinic," write the number down and post it someplace that can clearly be seen. With animals unfortunately, we don't have a simple 911 emergency number to remember. It's a lot easier to do this now than to have that as an additional concern during an emergency.

Canine Gastric Dilatation ~ Bloat:

Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus Syndrome (GDV) or "Bloat" can be fatal, it is most prominent in dogs of large breeds. Despite advanced medical studies, it has not yet been determined "what exactly" causes this condition. Is it genetically inherent? Due to feeding dogs on the floor? Feeding dry food? No one knows, yet, and the research continues.

I really don't intend to "scare the wits" out of anyone, I believe you're reading this information so that you can be prepared and are simply taking intelligent measures to do what you can should this condition occur. It is my most sincere and devote hope that you will never have to experience this with your beloved companion, and many never do. However, should the occasion arise, at least you will be able to recognize the symptoms and knowing how serious this condition is, will get prompt, qualified, medical attention. This is a life threatening situation and must be dealt with as such.

Bloat in Large Dogs Preventing Canine Bloat
Bloating can be Fatal Bloat
A Dog Owners Guide to Bloat Bloat ~ Treatment and Prevention
First Aid Treatment for Bloat Canine Gastric Dilatation ~ Purdue
Bloat Notes ~ January 1997 Bloat Notes ~ April 1996
Bloat Notes ~ June 1995 Acute Gastric Dilation-Volvulus
Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus Syndrome (GDV) - Bloat The Longitudinal Muscle in Esophageal Disease in Humans
Gas/bloat and the Physiology of Belching in Humans Canine Bloat by: R D. Hott, D.V.M.

~ Cancer:~

Animal Cancer Cancer Goes to the Dogs
Canine Mammary Tumors Cancer Case Illustrations
So Your Pet has Cancer Greyhound-L Cancer Survey
Bone Cancer: How to Recognize It! What to Do! "Cyclone's Journey" Tabular Form of Study of Cancer in 26 Greyhounds
Dr. Hahn's Caring for Pets with Cancer ~ An Online Pocketbook ~ Berkeley Carcinogenic Potency Project Database ~ CPDB ~
Summary of the Carcinogenic Potency Database by Target Organ

Emergency First Aid Measures:

Essential Dog First Aid Kit Your Canine First Aid Kit
Activated Charcoal for Emergencies First Aid Treatment for Bloat
Breathing: Artificial Respiration Choking
Animal CPR Pets and Disaster
Canine First-Aid; Symptoms and Measures to Take

Homeopathic, Herbal
and Flower Remedies

These are currently very popular subjects, in canine, as well as human health matters. In this as with anything else, caution and study is sincerely advised. Everything "natural" is not good or safe! Digitalis, a heart medication was once derived from foxglove, it is a "natural" remedy .. however it can also kill you if administered improperly. Chamomile has very soothing properties for skin and is excellent on hair - yours or your dogs, however if you or your dog is allergic to any member of the "ragweed" family, you would have some serious problems. If you wish to try any of this information out yourself, please learn as much as you can about the herb or product you intend to utilize.

Due to letters I've received this section will very shortly, be moved to its own location, where everything will be greatly expanded. This will include more remedies and recipes, what the individual herbs and flower remedies are said to help, etc. Please check back often on our main page of contents for new sections that have been added, you may also go to the "Net Minder" there and select any of our pages so that you will be automatically notified when changes are made.

Holistic Treatments For Your Dog
4 Winds Holistic Animal Clinic
Animal Connection Holistic Health
Bach Centre Home Page -The Home of the Bach Flower Remedies
Flower Essences for Animals
Remedies, Recipes and Solutions
Herbal Treatments
Natural Antibiotics
Homeopathic Pharmacy
Herbal Remedies from Lynda Prime
History of Homeopathy
Welcome to the Well Pet WebSite
Holistic Links
PetSage News
Litterary Box - Natural Health Articles
Shirley's Wellness Cafe
Flax Seed Oil and Cancer

Pet Food Nutrition:

For the Health of Your Pet
Ethoxyquin - 4 Articles
Canine Nutrition
Review of Book "Food Pets Die For: Shocking Facts About Pet Food"

Orthopedic Foundation for Animals

Currently, the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals ~ OFA ~ functions as a voluntary diagnostic service and registry for:
  • Hip Dysplasia - canine and feline
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Craniomandibular osteopathy
  • Copper Toxicosis - Bedlington Terriers
  • Cardiac Registry
  • Thyroid Registry
  • Von Willebrand's Disease - Shetland Sheepdog, Doberman Pinscher, Scottish Terriers
  • Phosphofructokinase Deficiency - Cocker Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy - Irish Setter
  • Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency - Basenji
The Official OFA Web site Canine Hip Dysplasia
OFA FAQ Answers such questions as:
How Prevalent Is Hip Dysplasia?
How Prevalent Is Elbow Dysplasia?
Trends in Hip Dysplasia?
Hip Registry, Elbow Registry, Thyroid Registry, Congenital Heart Disease Registry, Patellar Luxation Registry
OFA ~ if you don't want frames Orthopedic Foundation for Animals
OFA Information OFA Hip Registry ~ with breed tables
Hip Dysplasia OFA Canine Thyroid Registry
Canine Hip Dysplasia Canine Hip Dysplasia ~ CHD
Reducing the Frequency of Hip Dysplasia: A Progress

Canine Retinal Problems:

What do Dogs See? A Review of "Vision in Dogs" Current Research in Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Progressive Retinal Atrophy ~ PRA Cataracts
Veterinary Ophthalmology InfoCentre Corneal Ulcers
Retinal Dysplasia Glaucoma in Veterinary Patients
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) in Mastiffs Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Chronic Superficial Keratitis (Pannus) How Do I Deal with a Blind Pet?

Online Magazines, FAQ's, etc.

DVM News Online FAQ
Medical FAQ Lists Canine Medical News ~ Part 1
Canine Medical Information ~ Part II Journal of Veterinary Medical Education

Other Medical Information:

Clinical Diagnosis of Hepatic Porto-Systemic Shunts (Liver Shunt) von Willebrand's Disease and Hypothyroidism
Medical Glossary for the Lay Person What's New at NetVet?
Tracheal Collapse Adopt A Greyhound
What is Diabetes? Doberman Health Page
Water Balance & Hydration Understanding Asthma
Ask the Vet Textbook of Small Animal Orthopedics
Valley Fever Center Veterinary Surgery I ~ Anesthesiology Notes
Net Vet Dog Genome Project
Purina's List of Article's on Care, Obesity, Dental, etc. Institute for Genetic Disease Control in Animals
Veterinary Information Network Canadian Association of Veterinary Medicine
Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine Virtual Veterinary Center
The Ultimate Dog-Related Web Sites Veterinary Medicine Library
WWW Virtual Library Veterinary Medicine Canine Allergies FAQ
The Dog Connection UC Davis Veterinary Genetics Labs
UC Davis VetNet Journal of Veterinary Medicine
Index of all Articles Veterinary Case Studies
Veterinary Pathology ~ Anatomical & Clinical The American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists

Medical Information on Breeding:

Should You Breed Your Dog or BItch? Breeding Medical Information
Canine Pregnancy Diagnosis by Use of Ultrasound Basic Canine Preventive Care
Pre Breeding Exam For the Bitch Pre Breeding Exam for the Stud Dog
Wobblers Syndrome Canine Genetic Resources

Canine Sports:

Canine Sports Medicine Updates ~ CSMU
The Sports Medicine Program Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine

Canine Epilepsy:

Canine Epilepsy
Canine Epilepsy FAQ
Understanding Epilepsy and Seizures

Poisons and Poisonous Plants:

Plants Toxic to Animals Canadian Poisonous Plants Information
Poisonous Plant Databases Poisonous Plants
Cornell University Poisonous Plants AVMA Pet Poison Guide
National Animal Poison Control Center Auburn Endocrine Diagnostic Service
FAQ EXtension TOXicology NETwork

Canine Hypothyroidism:

Canine Hypothyroidism FAQ
Thyroid Testing In Dogs: A Reference
Autoimmune Thyroid Disease

Cruciate Ligament:

Reconstruction of the Cranial Cruciate Ligament in Dogs Cruciate Ligament Rupture and Associated Injuries
Cruciate Ligament Fractures and Dislocations of the Stifle
Anterior Cruciate Ligament The Anterior Cruciate Ligament in Humans
Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture Cryopreserved Anterior Cruciate Ligament
Dr Malka's Orthopedic Page for People

Flies, Fleas Ticks and other Pests:

The Flea News Flies, Fleas, Ticks, Etc.
Flea Allergy Dermatitis Ticks
Tick Research Laboratory Canine Tick Diseases FAQ
A Cough is Not Necessarily a Cold Making Fleas, Flee!
Fleas and Ticks


Resources for Deaf Dog Owners
Deaf Dogs Web Page
Deafness in Dogs
Deafness and What is the BAER Test
Genetics of Deafness in Dogs

Veterinary Pet Insurance Companies:

Please be aware that we are not endorsing in anyway whatsoever any of the below listed pet insurance companies. These links as the others listed herein, are here for your information only.

Veterinary Pet Insurance
Anipals Veterinary Pet Insurance

Miscellaneous Information:

Coping with Fear of Thunder Working Dogs.Com
Contents Carpet Stain Removal Recipe
How to "De-Skunk" Your Dog Therapy Dog Associations and Programs
Diabetes Treatment in Dogs Tracing Your Dogs ~ Microchips & Tattoos
What is a hot spot? HOT SPOTS-Acute Moist Dermatitis
Canine Allergies FAQ
Vinegar Rinse for Smelly Dog Syndrome ~ Scotty Richardson

Bathe dog well in a good dog shampoo [we use Ring 5] Rinse thoroughly, get all the soap out Mix 1/2 cup of white vinegar to a gallon of water, wet the dog well with this potion and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse dog well. The last step is optional: Use a good show rinse of the type you leave in the coat and towel dry the dog.

Search and Rescue

SAR-British Columbia
RCMP Civilian Search and Rescue Service Dog Program
Connecticut Canine Search and Rescue

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