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Idiosyncrasies in greyhounds that can affect their medical care
These athletes have been bred for speed and an even temper. But some irregularities in greyhounds will affect how to clinically assess and treat these dogs. Make sure you're prepared for the next greyhound that visits your practice.


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CE Questions 2 CE hours

You can earn two hours of Continuing Education credit from Kansas State University by answering the following questions on greyhound idiosyncrasies. Circle only the best answer for each question, and transfer your answers to the form.

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1. Which is a common finding on a complete blood count in a greyhound?

a. High platelet count
b. Low PCV
c. High neutrophil count
d. High PCV
e. High lymphocyte count

2. Which is a common finding on a serum chemistry profile in a greyhound?

a. Low BUN concentration
b. High creatinine concentration
c. High T4 concentration
d. Low alanine transaminase activity
e. High globulin concentration

3. Which is true regarding greyhound thyroid hormone concentrations?

a. Caudal thigh alopecia is a common sign of hypothyroidism.
b. Greyhounds often have normal thyroid concentrations below the reference ranges listed by most laboratories.
c. A low total T4 is adequate to establish a diagnosis of hypothyroidism in a greyhound.
d. Appropriate clinical signs must be present to establish a diagnosis of hypothyroidism in a greyhound.
e. B and D

4. Which statement is true regarding heart murmurs in greyhounds?

a. Heart murmurs in greyhounds are innocent and not indicative of heart pathology.
b. Heart murmurs in greyhounds are always clinically relevant and indicative of heart pathology.
c. Heart murmurs in greyhounds may be innocent physiologic murmurs or can be indicative of heart pathology.
d. Physiologic heart murmurs in greyhounds are normally a grade V or VI.
e. Physiologic heart murmurs in greyhounds are normally holosystolic.

5. Which statement is true regarding corns in greyhounds?

a. They can cause marked lameness in a greyhound.
b. Surgery is the treatment of choice and is curative.
c. Corns may return after surgical removal.
d. A and B
e. A and C

6. What is the most common cause of multiple toenail loss on multiple paws in a greyhound?

a. Pododermatitis
b. Dermatophytosis
c. Trauma
d. Symmetrical lupoid onychodystrophy
e. Squamous cell carcinoma

7. Which statement is true regarding malignant hyperthermia?

a. It must be treated with the muscle relaxant dantrolene.
b. Not all anesthetic hyperthermia in greyhounds is caused by malignant hyperthermia.
c. Inhalant, not injectable, anesthetics may result in malignant hyperthermia.
d. Elevated creatinine kinase or aspartate transaminase activities and acidosis are suggestive of malignant hyperthermia.
e. All of the above

8. Which statement is true regarding anesthesia in greyhounds?

a. Isoflurane and sevoflurane are both appropriate for use in greyhounds.
b. Thiobarbiturates should be avoided.
c. Malignant hyperthermia, stress hyperthermia, and hypothermia are all risks associated with anesthesia in greyhounds.
d. Lower doses of acepromazine should be used in greyhounds.
e. All of the above

9. Which would be the most reasonable next step in working up a healthy greyhound with a mildly elevated creatinine concentration and normal BUN concentration?

a. Complete urinalysis
b. Measurement of glomerular filtration rate
c. Starting a therapeutic renal diet and rechecking blood work in four weeks
d. Ultrasonography
e. Radiography

10. What is a primary differential diagnosis for a greyhound with less than 100,000 platelets?

a. Normal for the breed
b. Tick-borne disease
c. Immune-mediated thrombocytopenia
d. All of the above
e. None of the above


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