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The Greyhound
The following diseases are reported to occur more frequently in the Greyhound than in the general dog population. In some cases the disease either has, or is believed to have, a genetic, hereditary cause but many of the diseases listed here do not have a proven genetic basis.

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Alimentary tract diseases
This section includes diseases that involve the mouth, oesophagus (gullet), stomach, small intestine (duodenum and ileum), large intestine (colon and rectum), liver and pancreas.

Diseases involving the mouth
  • Sialocele
  • Supernumerary teeth (premolar in 35%+)

Diseases affecting the gullet (oesophagus)

Diseases involving the pancreas

Diseases affecting the small intestine

Diseases affecting the large intestine

Blood diseases

  • Haemolytic uraemic syndrome

Cardiovascular diseases

Heart valve disorders

Abnormal development of major blood vessels to the heart

Heart muscle disease


Eye diseases

Diseases of the eyeball

Diseases of the eyelids

Diseases of the third eyelid (nictitating membrane)

Diseases of the cornea

Diseases of the lens Diseases of the retina
  • Generalised progressive retinal atrophy

Hormonal diseases

Immune system diseases

Kidney and Urinary tract diseases

  • Haemolytic uraemic syndrome

Liver diseases

Nervous system diseases

Orthopaedic diseases

Various trauma injuries associated with racing, including :

  • Accessory carpal-bone fracture (right)
  • Biceps brachii displacement (medial)
  • Calcaneous subluxation and fractures
  • Carpal injuries (soft-tissue)
  • Central tarsal-bone fracture
  • Exertional rhabdomyolysis (myopathy)
  • Plantar tarsal ligament rupture with calcaneoquartal subluxation
  • Polyarthritis
  • Sesamoiditis (chronic)
  • Superficial digital flexor tendon luxation
  • Tibial fractures
  • Tibial tuberosity avulsion

Respiratory diseases

Skin diseases

  • Cutaneous vasculopathy
  • Ehler-Danlos syndrome
  • Pattern baldness
  • Vasculitis
  • Ventral comedone syndrome


  • Thiopentone susceptibility

Several unusual performance-related physiological features, including :

  • Blood group DEA 1.1 and 1.2 negative
  • Cardiac hypertrophy
  • Cytoplasmic vacuolation of eosinophils
  • Hypertension - higher normal blood pressure than other breeds
  • Low thyroxine (T4) concentrations
  • Red cell lifespan short
  • Thrombocytopaenia


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