Drug Decreases Postoperative Bleeding in Greyhounds
More than 25 percent of retired racing Greyhounds experience abnormal bleeding after routine spay/neuter surgery. In people, the drug epsilon aminocaproic acid (EACA) has been used to decrease the need for blood transfusions during certain surgeries. The drug works by strengthening and accelerating clot formation.
Because oral EACA is known to be safe for dogs, reseachers wanted to see if it could help stop postoperative bleeding in Greyhounds. With funding from Morris Animal Foundation, they studied the effects of EACA on Greyhounds that underwent routine spay/neuter surgery. Study results indicate that giving dogs EACA before surgery decreased their odds of postoperative bleeding by 79 percent.
The findings have the potential to significantly decrease the likelihood that a Greyhound will suffer from postoperative bleeding.
Funded by Morris Animal Foundation, this research was led by Dr. Guillermo Couto at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Posted by MAF on August 27, 2012. Permalink