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Blood gas analysis in a Spanish sighthound breed (galgo Español)
  1. S. Zaldívar-López, DVM, MS1,
  2. R. Ruano-Barneda, DVM2 and
  3. G. Couto, DVM, DACVIM1
  1. Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Ohio State University, 601 Vernon L. Tharp Street, Columbus, OH 43210, USA
  2. Centro Veterinario Mediterráneo, Avenida Mediterráneo 14, Madrid 28007, Spain
  1. E-mail for correspondence sara.zaldiv{at}
  • Dr Zaldívar-López is also at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, 700 Children's Drive, Columbus, OH 43205, USA

  • Dr Couto is also at the OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center, Ohio State University, 300 West 10th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210, USA

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GREYHOUNDS have numerous haematological and serum biochemical parameters that differ from those in other breeds of dog (Porter and Canaday 1971, Shiel and others 2007). Blood gases and acid-base balance have been of special interest in racing greyhounds, as part of studies of their exercise physiology. Those studies demonstrated that racing greyhounds experience extreme changes during a race (Ilkiw and others 1989, Rose and Bloomberg 1989, Nold and others 1991) that are even more pronounced than in other sporting species, such as horses and human beings (Nold and others 1991). These parameters have also been studied in healthy non-racing greyhounds (Porter and Canaday 1971, Shiel and others 2007), and several breed-specific peculiarities have been confirmed. Other sighthound breeds, such as the saluki, Afghan hound and whippet, have been reported to have clinicopathological peculiarities as well (Hilppö 1986, Shiel and others 2010).

The galgo Español (Spanish greyhound) is closely related to the greyhound. The Fédération Cynologique Internationale classifies both the galgo Español and the greyhound in group 10 …

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