Medication is sometimes used to sedate a greyhound to make it easier to control during treatment or emergency care.
Sedatives can cause some greyhounds to struggle more as they lose control of their muscles. You must pay attention and stay to the side of the greyhound when any medication is given in case this happens.
Greyhounds have a different metabolism to other breeds of dog and they cannot tolerate the same dose rates as other dogs of the same size.
The vet or your trainer will generally be the only people allowed to give medications in your kennel.
Remember that the Rules of Racing prohibit the use of sedatives in racing greyhounds and most medications will take some time to be eliminated from a greyhound's body before they are allowed to race.
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Rules of Racing and chemical restraints
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The Rules of Racing prohibit the use of sedatives and other medications in racing greyhounds. Most medications will take some time to be eliminated from a greyhound's body. If the greyhound races before the medication has been eliminated and produces a positive swab the owner could lose any prize money. The trainer may have his or her license suspended and may be heavily fined.
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