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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.

Categories: Animal health, Canine health, Veterinary research


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Submitted by Debi Murphy at: August 27, 2012
Is this only for spay/neuter surgeries? My Greyhound suffers from post-surgery bleeding and is borderline for VWD, and it is a big concern of mine should she ever need another surgery.