GREYHOUND RESCUE OF IDAHO ~SAVING THE LIVES OF GREYHOUNDS!

 
  GREYHOUND RESCUE OF IDAHO

   www.greyhoundrescueofidaho.org

   (208) 703-0333

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CURTESY OF NGAP, NATIONAL GREYHOUND ADOPTION PROGRAM! (Thank you David Wolfe!)

HEATSTROKE !!
What To Do If Your Greyhound Overheats

First, don't let it happen!

Don't take your dog out when it is really hot. Early in the morning or late in the evening are the best times to exercise. Forget about the middle of the day. When the sun is at its strongest, not only is the heat unbearable from above, but it is unbearable on your pet's feet! If you are out for even a short walk, take a spray bottle full of ice water along to keep your dog cool. It is important to get familiar with the signs of heatstroke in a dog. You may notice your dog's tongue turning blue, excessive panting, loss of energy, or the gums may become very pale. Normally we suggest taking your dog's temperature rectally. The normal temperature of your dog is 101.5. You will need to react quickly if your dog has a temperature over 103 degrees. If your dog's temperature is over 106 degrees its internal organs can be damaged. If you do not have a digital thermometer and Vaseline readily available, it's best to not waste time trying to find these items or trying to take the dog's temperature if it is not cooperating. If your dog is truly overheating, you have 5-10 minutes to start aggressive treatment or your dog may die.

It is very important to keep the number of your veterinarian, as well as a number to the closest emergency veterinary facility, programmed into your cell phone in the event that your pet is in distress. A veterinarian is usually best equipped to deal with heatstroke but it may be a good idea to ask them what their procedure is during a routine visit. Forget about subcutaneous fluids, your dog will be long dead by the time subcutaneous fluids would help. You should make it very clear to your vet that you want intravenous fluids as opposed to subcutaneous fluids. Using intravenous fluids is much more effective at getting higher volumes of fluid into te bloodstream and will have a much more immediate effect. Once fluids are being administered, other cooling procedures should begin immediately.

The best cooling procedure, and the one we utilize at National Greyhound Adoption Program/Dutton Road Veterinary Clinic, involves ice, and lots of it, water, towels, a thermometer, a large container and approximately three people.

Take a container and fill it about 1/4 high with ice and then add twice as much water. The mixture should be sloshy. Soak towels in the ice cold water.

Lay the dog on its side and place towels on top of the dog and between the front and back legs.

Speed is important. The towel will go from cold to lukewarm in 1 1/2 to 3 minutes as body heat comes off the dog. Someone may need to control the legs so that the dog does not struggle to stand and they can also spray rubbing alcohol on the pads to help with the cooling process.

If your veterinary facility is further than 5-10 minutes away, you will need to work quickly to lower your pet's body temperature using the same method above, minus the intravenous fluids, before you attempt to transport your dog or en route. In a situation such as this, it pays to be prepared. Several bags of ice should be kept available in a freezer. A large picnic cooler would be an ideal container to use and you can store your towels, a digital thermometer and some Vaseline inside. If you are driving somewhere for your walk, this kit can be transferred to your car as long as you are close to a facility that sells bags of ice. The only other thing you will need is a gallon of water which can remain in your car all the time. If you have a companion with you, that person can start treatment while you call your vet and drive your pet to the facility, even if they can just keep a cold towel on the body.

If you do not have a vet available, and have people at home that can help, you can perform this procedure at home. While the process of cooling down continues, be sure to take the dog's temperature about every 15 minutes. Use Vaseline to lubricate the thermometer before you insert it in the rectum. Often it may take an hour to get your dogs temperature in the normal range of 101.5. Your dog may shiver but that is normal. We have personally never seen a dog go into shock from this cooling procedure and the alternative is that it may die. You may get to a point when your dogs temperature begins creeping below the normal range in which case you take off the cold towels and replace them with dry towels whilst continuing to monitor the temperature. You will need to continuously monitor the temperature until the dog is stable.

If you are home alone and you feel your dog may be overheated but you are not prepared with the above supplies and you do not have a veterinary facility close by or a person that can assist you, you may be able to buy yourself some time, but not much, by putting your dog in the bathtub and continuously running cold water, as cold as you can get it, over your dog. Spraying your dog with a garden hose will not do. The water is not cold enough. In the meantime, try to contact help. Your first priority should be obtaining ice and starting the procedure described above.

Many dogs will die simply because they did not get appropriate treatment or because the treatment was done at too leisurely a pace. When we are treating dogs for heatstroke at NGAP/DRVC, we treat it as a true emergency.

Not too long ago, we had to perform this procedure on a dog that had been attacked by a cat. Although it was not heat related, it came in with a temperature of 106.6 degrees. We worked on the dog for an hour and a half to get its temperature below 103 degrees and probably went through the equivalent of eight bags of ice. The dog, because of the infection, had to be watched vigilantly for quite some time before we felt comfortable that it was stable.

We recently purchased some new equipment specifically for animals that have elevated or depressed temperatures. This equipment consists of a plastic pad, or blanket, which can be infused with cold or hot running water.

These blankets can be placed under and over the dog and will remain cold or hot, whichever we choose, throughout any procedure.
ld towels to supplement these blankets for heatstroke cases but the blankets never have to be replaced because they are constantly being cooled by the internal refrigeration unit. These are particularly helpful to place underneath the dog where cold towels cannot be easily switched If your dog is overheating and it is truly an emergency situation, you can call our clinic at 215-331-2068, Gus, our caretaker at 215-2-3857 or Dr. Meza, our resident veterinarian, at 215-678-5774.

(or in Boise Idaho, call: All Valley Er at 208/888/0818 or West Vet ER, 208/375/1600)

Planning ahead for heatstroke is of the utmost importance. If you think about it now and do nothing, you may be ill-equipped for the emergency. Several years ago, during an influenza scare, people were directed to store food and water in the event that they could not go out. I now have some 2-year-old canned chicken and peanut butter in the basement, but it's a small price to pay to be prepared.

Have a safe and happy summer!

(Curtesy of:
National Greyhound Adoption Program
10901 Dutton Road
Philadelphia, PA
19154

© 2008 NGAP.org)

 

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GREYHOUND RESCUE OF IDAHO WELCOMES YOU TO OUR WEBSITE WE SHOW THE DOGS AT A MEET AND GREET
EACH FIRST SAT. OF EACH MONTH, 1-3 PM, AT NORTHWEST PETS STORE, EAGLE AND USTICK IN MERIDIAN!
PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO SEE OUR  LIST OF REQUIREMENTS TO ADOPT A GREYHOUND !  THANK YOU! 

Info on GRI's adopting a greyhound and info on adoption booths!

 PLEASE ALWAYS CHECK OUR "WHAT'S NEW" PAGE, From the desk of Gin, we have new greyhounds  and greyt info on this page!

IMPORTANT UPDATE ABOUT OUR MEET AND GREET ADOPTION BOOTHS!   NEW SCHEDULE  

GRI will be holding Meet & Greets at the North West Pets Store Every First Saturday of Each month, 1~3

(The NW Pets located on Eagle and Ustick Roads in Meridian!)

Call us if you have any questions!   208-703-0333 or contact us on our email address: greytbaby@msn.com

 

Our adoption fee is $300.00 cash or money order only, we do not take checks.   Thank you!

   

 


 

PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ADOPTING A GREYHOUND !!

Greyhound Rescue of Idaho  has the possibility to get greyhounds to our area, every few months,

So it is very Important for you to get an application filled out and sent to us As soon as you

are interested!  The application does not tie you into adopting but gives you and GRI the

opportunity to get to know each other and sit down and talk to see if a greyhound would truly

be the right fit for you!

 The Greyhounds we get are either spayed/neutered, teeth cleaned,  health checked,  vaccines, heart worm tested,

dewormed, tickborne disease bloodwork done, chipped, bathed & clean!

  We are now ONLY bringing in greyhounds for those folks

who have filled out applications, are approved and are ready to adopt a

greyhound into their homes....so if you are truly interested in adopting,

 you can print off an application from this website, under adoption info; and mail it to us or call

us with any questions you may have!  

 (Weather  has an influence on when the  greyhounds arrive, as they come a long distance to us!)

 We only adopt to folks in  the Treasure Valley Idaho area, 

Twin Falls & Idaho Falls areas, or as far as Ontario, Baker City and LaGrande Oregon....

so if you  are in a different state or area

we will refer you to an adoption group closer to you....we are HAPPY to help you find

a greyhound to adopt!!    You MUST have a fenced yard for your

new greyhound and always keep your greyhound on a leash outside of a safely

fenced area for the lifetime of the dog !

  The Adoption fee is $300.00

WE INVITE YOU TO ENTER THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF GREYHOUNDS!!

ADOPT A  GREYHOUND, ASK US HOW!!

call       208-703-0333    703-6785

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Please Note: Our mailing address is 146 N. Middleton Road PMB 125 Nampa Id 83651

THERE ARE NO GREYHOUNDS AT THIS ADDRESS!  Please call one of the #s above for more info!

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(Greyhound Rescue of Idaho Reserves the Right to Refuse Adoption) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Adoption/Information Booth Schedule

 

 

(Please Note: Our group is run by volunteers and though we make every effort to attend all the

events that are scheduled on our website, once in awhile, we are not able to do so.  If you are

planning a specific date to come see the greyhounds, please call us first to make sure all is

going as planned!  Thank you!  208-703-6785 or 703-0333)

 


 


 

 


 

 
 

 

 

GREYHOUND RESCUE OF IDAHO HAS LOST A MEMBER

It is With Greyt sympathy that we extend this farewell to Coco Chanel.
 
Greyt sympathy to Tori, her mom. To Gary, her dad,
to Kay her aunt, to Sammy her greyhound brother, and to Rufus and Daffy ...
her canine brother and sister. And to ALL who knew and loved her. Which includes so many!

She came to GRI as "Garlic Natalie". We knew her as Sadie, soon tho her new mom, Tori, chose the most perfect and elegant name of all. Coco Chanel !! 
                                                 It fit her!

She was loved beyond measure and she returned that love to so many; children, adults and countless other greyhounds that she helped rescue just by being at almost every event and monthly meet and greet that there was.
                              She was GRI's Social Butterfly!

She went with her mom Everywhere and she Loved Everyone; she was always at her mom's work, dog walks, schools, she was on every GRI float, Christmas shows, greyhound reunions. Coco was a registered therapy dog and touched the lives of many, many children.

Coco was our Mascot and she will be missed terribly. She also was one of the biggest blessings to our group, her family and others. They (all the greyhounds are special), But Coco became not only her mom's Heart Hound, but to the many people who knew and loved her, she was an Inspiration!

Coco, you now are free to run the streets of gold with all the other greyhounds who have gone before you. Be happy, healthy and forever young, little one!
 
You are not in our past, but in our future!
 
Wait at the bridge sweet girl for all of us, cause when we arrive in heaven, you are one of the first sweet faces I want to kiss!

And to Tori, a Big Thank you for Loving Coco Chanel.......you and your family are in our prayers...

from All your friends at Greyhound Rescue of Idaho

 

 

DO YOU NEED A WINTER COAT FOR

YOUR GREYHOUND???  GREYHOUND RESCUE OF IDAHO CUSTOM MAKES

GREYHOUND COATS, (OTHER BREEDS TOO!)   SO, PLEASE CALL US FOR

YOUR COAT!  REMEMBER, IF YOU ARE COLD, THEY ARE TOO!

X-LARGE $45,    LARGE $45,   MEDIUM  $40,   SMALL  $30   (SMALL DOG

SIZE, LIKE IG'S OR CHIHUAHUA'S, ETC, $15)

LARGER THAN X-LARGE $50~~~~~~CALL TODAY AT 208-703-0333

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

Career day at Linder Elementary

 GRI volunteers were once again invited back to Linder Elementary's annual Career Day! We met with students in 12 classes and told them about our experience rescuing Greyhounds. As usual, the dogs had a GREYT time meeting the kids and loved all the attention they received. Students were reminded that whatever career they pursue, it's important to be a positive part of the community and help out with a cause they believe in.

If you would like Greyhound Rescue of Idaho to visit your school with the greyhounds,

please give us a call !!    208-703-0333

 

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For information on how you can adopt a sweet, loving greyhound Email us DIRECTLY at greytbaby@msn.com.
We now have access to adoptable greyhounds every 2 or 3 months!


Adoption Spotlight

Darin Oswald and Shawn Raecke from The Idaho Statesman were there while we unloaded and cleaned up a recent batch of dogs and they created this amazing slideshow. Thank You Guys!!

Our pictures of the event are here. Enjoy!


Can't adopt but still want to help? Our looming vet bills are daunting and additional funds are DESPERATELY needed for spay/neuter surgeries, shots, collars, kennels, muzzles, coats, and so much more!! Did I mention food?

Every Donation Counts!

We now welcome your PayPal donation:
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Beat The Heat for Your Greyhound & other pets~

We won't make you wait any longer... here's our TIP OF THE DAY, courtesy of Louise Sawyer: Although greyhounds are short-coated creatures, they are extremely sensitive to both heat and humidity. Make sure hounds have plenty of fresh, cool drinking water available to them at all times. Put ice cubes in the water to encourage them to drink. Some dogs like to 'bob' for them. Air conditioners and fans... will help our dogs keep their cool, too. Pull window shades, shut drapes, and turn out the lights on hot days. Fill a spray bottle with water and put it in the fridge. When you take your dog outside for a walk or some playtime, you can periodically give him a spritzing of cold water. Greyhounds love kiddie pools and will often lay down in them to get relief from the heat. Give dogs ample opportunity to rest and re-hydrate.        Enjoy the dog days of summer!!                                                           (Courtesy from Maine Greyhound Placement) 

important info on the health of your greyhounds/dogs

 
 
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20 MOST DEADLY FOODS YOU SHOULD NOT GIVE YOUR DOG!
(Please pass this on and on and on!)

1. RAW MEAT & FISH, can cause various bacterial infections and Salmon can cause "salmon poisoning disease"
2. RAW EGGS, can cause Salmonella and Vitamin B problems
3. SALT, can cause sodium ion poisoning
4. CHICKEN JERKY PRODUCTS, (FDA has official report on this)
5. NOTHING FROM CHINA, read ALL your labels fo...r China made products & check All preservatives well, some can kill!
6. BREAD DOUGH
7. ANY FOOD GONE BAD OR MOLDY !!
8. ANYTHING WITH CAFFEINE
9. ICE CREAM
10. BONES AND/OR LEFTOVERS!
11. PLUMS, or any fruits with seeds or pits
12. CANDY AND/OR ANY FAKE SUGARS !!!
13. CHOCOLATE
14. HOPS
15. ONIONS
16. AVOCADO
17. ALCOLHOL
18. GRAPES
19. MACADAMIA NUTS
20. GARLIC
 

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Contact Info

"We save dogs lives..."
For more information,
please contact us at:
Greyhound Rescue of Idaho
146 N. Middleton Road #125
Nampa, ID 83651


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