Toe and muscle injuries of the racing greyhound

Toe and muscle injuries of the racing greyhound
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The popularity of greyhound racing continues to climb in whichever country or state it has been introduced. Following the introduction of the Totalisator Agency Board (T.A.B.) to produce offcourse legalized betting in Australia, greyhound racing has boomed to unparalleled heights. Further, the additional prize money now available to the successful greyhound owner has attracted owners who were previously interested only in horse racing. This increase in interest has indirectly channelled additional income to the veterinarian in practice, provided he has been interested enough to acquaint himself with the problems of canine locomotion. To do this he has to change his traditional views. The emphasis is not on saving life or attending a pet dog, but on the treatment and prognosis for the return to the race track of a dog which gallops at 65 km/h around a tight circle. The veterinarian must develop a systematic technique for examining the dog for soundness and possess specific knowledge of the range of injuries likely to be encountered in this breed. In particular, toe and muscle injuries make up a large part of greyhound practice.

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