Injuries sustained at the tracks are not uncommon.
Most commonly injuries are sustained by dogs bumping into one another, especially on the first bend, being knocked down or hitting the rails. When a dog sustains a small injury that may effect its future performance in racing, it often result in the dog being destroyed. Broken toes and hocks are more common injuries and may render a dog as lame therefore no longer of use and either destroyed by the track vet or killed “Economically”, Pistol euthanasia is the alternative phrase (a name commonly used by those who cater for the industry to conceal the reality) for a bolt gun to the back of the skull.
Veterinary, Graham Oliver gave an independent and professional view on track injuries.When injuries are left by the Owner/Trainer this can create unnecessary pain and discomfort to the dog, we have come across a few cases where Owners/Trainers have not got their dogs medical help when its needed. The case below was a recent case from Feb 2014 “The lovely girl Dawn has just arrived to us from her trainer after she broke her leg approximately one month ago. We were immediately concerned about the state of her leg as it has not healed at the correct angle and she cannot bear weight on it. After consultation with our vet, we will need to have her leg reset by a specialist so that it can begin to heal properly. The leg appears to have received little medical attention since the injury, causing it to heal at a strange angle, as can be seen in the photo. Despite her injury, Dawn is a friendly, happy girl with a waggy tail for greetings, and at under two years of age, she should make a lovely family companion once her leg has healed. The estimated cost of the specialist veterinary treatment is going to be in the region €600 and she will need to remain in HUG’s care for around three months while she heals. Any donations towards her medical bills would be much appreciated as we were not anticipating the extent of her injuries and the care she will require during recovery.” greyhound-injuries