Greyhounds and Health

greyeatingFeeding / Diet

Greyhounds must be fed twice a day to maintain their health. High-quality dog foods with consistent formulas will improve the overall health of the dog and are cheaper in the long run. A little warm water just before feeding is sometimes helpful. Greyhounds tend to bolt their food, liquid help lubricate it so they don’t cough and gag. Boiled rice and soft pasta are good for upset stomachs and diarrhea. Any changes in diet should be introduced gradually due to a very sensitive intestinal tract. During the initial adjustment period, feed the dog in the crate.

Water

Fresh water should always be available. When the dog will be crated for a long time, control water consumption. Placing water in the crate should not be necessary.

Exercise

At minimum, greyhounds need weekly exercise. If your yard is not fenced, you will need to walk 3-4 times a day for elimination. Walks are just as beneficial as runs. They will help in the bonding process. Heavy exercise should be avoided 1 hour before or 2 hours after eating, since this could cause the dog to have “bloat”, a stomach condition which could be fatal.

Grooming

Brushing the coat, trimming the nails and cleaning the ears and teeth are important and should be done routinely. Hard biscuits help keep teeth clean. Bathe the dog as needed.

Anesthesia

Greyhounds are sensitive to some anesthesias. Be sure that your vet is familiar with the breed. Information is provided in your placement package and the Saving Greys veterinarians are available for consultation.

Environmental Concerns

All greyhounds will be tested for tick born diseases and, if positive, will be treated.

Pesticides and Chemicals

Do not allow the dog on any treated grass for a week.

Health records

The first priority of Saving Greys when receiving dogs, is to provide medical attention from a qualified veterinarian. Before placement, your dog will have received all necessary shots, been wormed and will have been altered. Sterilization minimizes some of the health risks your dog may face in the future. Health, rabies and spay / neuter certificates will be included with his papers. We have limited knowledge of the greyhound’s medical background / genetics. Therefore, we cannot make any guarantees or warranties regarding any future medical problems that may occur.

Flea products

Greyhounds react adversely to many flea products. We recommend pyrethrin based products (e.g. collars, shampoos, powders and sprays). Read the labels and ask your vet to recommend greyhound safe products.

Garbage

Protect your greyhound from garbage to prevent problems which may occur due to their curiosity e.g. ingesting bones, being cut on sharp objects, or eating spoiled food. Intestinal blockages may occur by consuming foreign objects.