Stuff You Will Need:
-Muzzle -Identification Tags -Bed and Blankets -Toys -Greyhound
Jacket -Water and Food Bowls -Raised Feeding Stations for
Water and Food Bowls -Dog Brush -Dog Toothpaste and Toothbrush
-Baby Gates -Dog Food -Dog Bisciuts
You will need
a Martingale, which is a collar geared especially for Greyhounds
-- do not use any other collars; in place of the Martingale. The
next best thing to a martingale collar is a slip collar or a buckle
hound collar, which is narrow at the buckle, located at the back
of neck, and it has wide at front of neck. Body harnesses, are
not all that great because body harnesses donít allow signals
that dogs understand. It also puts an uncomfortable and pointless
pressure behind elbows, which encourage dogs to pull. Your Greyhound
adoption group will usually provide a martingale for you for free.
Regular dog collars don' t work because your Greyhound can slip
out of it, which means you would have to adjust it to a tight
fit, which will result in choking your Greyhound and irritating
his skin, which will make his neck raw. The martingale automatically
adjust itself based on tension. In place of the martingale, use
a dog harness.
standard leash -- don't use a retractable leash -- in the event that
your Greyhound gets a burst of energy, he might abruptly pull forward,
and a retractable leash attached to his Martingale will snap his neck
-- remember, your retired racer can get up to 45 MPH in about three
muzzles are plastic muzzles used by trainers when the racers are
exercising; they look like the ones used for racing except that
the turn-outs muzzles are plastic; I prefer the nylon muzzles --
click on the image at the right to view and purchase a nylon muzzle
for your Greyhound. You might consider using this nylon muzzle if
you are going to introduce your retired racer to children or small
pets for the first time -- usually, your adoption group will ask
you, prior to releasing the greyhound to you, whether or not you
have small pets and children. If so, the adoption group has socialization
programs that work with the greyhound to get him socialized with
children, cats, dogs, and other animals.
Feeding Stations for Water and Food Bowls
your Greyhound is tall and long necked, he cannot bend down to the
floor to eat his food or drink his water; he will choke and strain
his neck and back. So, put his food and water bowls on a raised
feeding station or a chair.
it's best to use stainless steel water and food bowls, as opposed
to plastic water and food bowls, which can cause allergic reactions.
adoption center should have the tags that show the contact information
for the adoption center and rabies shot. I recommend getting an
additional tag that has your dog's name and your contact telephone
pad must be thick enough to provide comfort and protect the Greyhound's
boney joints; they don't have fat to cushion them in a crate, bed, or
floor, so make sure the pad is thick enough. The pad should be washable;
and, durable because the greyhound likes to dig at their beds and pads
before resting down on them.
get cedar filled dog beds -- they are extremely uncomfortable. The bed
should be durable for digging activities -- Greyhounds like to dig at
their beds and pads before resting on them. Also, they should be machine
washable. Make sure the bed is big enough for them to lay their entire
body. The beds that have filling made out of little beads, like a bean
bag, is a great bed. Make sure that the dimensions of your Greyhound's
dog bed are as follows: Jumbo: For dogs larger than 75 Lbs (34 kg):
44 inches by 54 inches (111.7 cm by 137 cm): Make sure the dog bed cover
is washable and zipper removable -- that way, you can wash it.
have little or not fat; their skin is long and thin, and do not provide
insulation in cold weather; hence, a coat is needed to keep him warm
and dry during his walks. A snood is a wonderful coat for your greyhound
-- it's like a hood that covers his neck and part of his head.
Toothbush and Toothpaste
prone to dental problems; hence, it's important to keep your Greyhound's
teeth clean by regular brushing.
I brush Miles's teeth every night -- once a day -- after his dinner.
After he eats his breakfast, I give him two big dog biscuits to
clean his teeth. Neglecting dental hygiene for your Greyhound
can shorten his life because, like human beings, oral and dental
infections can take place, which inevitably creates injury to
the heart, kidneys, lungs, liver, and other vital organs.
Resleure, says, "Sighthounds have more
gum disease problems because of the structure of their jaws, tightness
of lips, and dryness of mouth. Pitted enamel is another reason
that sighthounds are more prone to gum disease; however, just
because your Greyhound or IG doesn't have pitted enamel, doesn't
mean that you should not conduct daily brushings on your dog's
teeth, nor does it mean that you don't need to get your dog's
teeth professionally cleaned." I treat Miles's teeth, as
if they were my own.
Also, try to
find unflavored toothpaste; the flavored toothpaste can make brushing
your dog's teeth difficult because it encourages the licking an
biscuits, dry food, other chews, and rinses can help keep the
dogís mouth healthy but they are not adequate substitutes for
daily brushings and scheduled teeth cleanings for your dog's dental
also gets his teeth cleaned by Tia
Resleure, Sausalito, CA: 415-489-8212 , who is a Dental
Hygienist for Greyhounds and IGs. She performs Anesthesia-Free teeth
cleaning for Greyhounds and IGs.
reason Greyhounds have a higher propensity for bad teeth because of
the lack of enamel, which leaves the teeth prone to tartar build-up,
which results in gum disease (e.g., gingivitis: gum inflamation) and
tooth loss and jaw bone degeneration. If you notice tender and swollen
gums that bleed easy, then your Greyhound might have gingivitis, which
can lead to pyorrhea, which is bacterial plaque that destroys the periodontal
tissue, which induces bad breath, ulcers, fevers, and other damages
to the tissues in the mouth.
So, for these
reasons, it's important to brush your Greyhound's teeth using
a gentle doggie toothbrush and doggie toothpaste -- do not use
toothpaste for humans. Some owners prefer using cheesecloth or
a cotton ball in place of a toothbrush -- regardless of using
a toothbrush or not, make sure that it is gentle on the gums and
Some pet stores
sell a product called Nolvadent, which is a rinse-free anti-plaque
gel or liquid product; however, you must use caution with this
product. According to Tia, "Nolvadent is advertised as a
rinse to be used instead of, or after, brushing because of itís
anti-bacteria agent, chlorhexidine. Chlorhexidine is GREAT when
you have gum problems, but constant of Chlorhexidine yellows the
teeth -- something you donít want to do unless you must."
Another way to
prevent dental problems is not to give your Greyhound food that
has sugar in the ingredients. Giving your Greyhound chews designed
to clean his teeth is also a good rememdy along with sugar-free
biscuits -- these items must not replace daily brushings and professional
the severity of the dental condition of your Greyhound, your vet
might have to execute teeth extraction -- make sure your vet specializes
in Greyhounds because Greyhounds can experience adverse reactions
to various sedatives, anti-biotics, and anethesia.
When you bring
your Greyhound to the vet for a check-up, talk to your vet about
scheduled cleaning, which might be once a year or every 18 months
depending on the severity of plaque and tartar build-up. Remember
to use a vet that specializes in Greyhounds because they are extremely
sensitive to medications and anti-biotics, and they need specialized
vet care when anethesia is used. Barbituates used in anesthesia
can kill a Greyhound.
In place of using
anesthesia for cleaning your Greyhound's teeth, I strongly recommend
Anesthesia-Free Teeth Cleaning with Tia
Resleure, Sausalito, CA: 415-489-8212 , who
is a Dental Hygienist for Greyhounds and IGs. If you live in an
area other than the Bay Area, please investigate Dental Hygienists
in your area that are licensed and performs Anesthesia-Free teeth
cleaning for Greyhounds.
you are consistent in keeping your Greyhound's teeth clean, then
you will increase the chances of having a happy and healthy Greyhound
that can live up to 15 years or so.
a good quality dog brush for your Greyhound. Nightly brushings will
keep his coat healthy and shiny, as well a minimizing the amount
kind of shampoo for your Greyhound is the tearless puppy shampoo. If
you need to use medicated shampoo, consult your vet to determine a medicated
shampoo that's best for your Greyhound. It's important that you don't
get the shampoo in your Greyhound's eyes -- especially if it's medicated
Allergenic Shampoo also works well with Greyhounds, but if you notice
a skin reaction, discontinue use of the product. Like other shampoos,
you should check with your vet. When giving your Greyhound a bath,
you might notice that he will collapse when warm water is applied
-- don't worry this is a normal response; hence, you might need
to have a helper with you during the bathing of your Greyhound.
After bathing him, keep him from drafts and towel dry him -- don't
let him outside until he is thoroughly dry. If it's hot and sunny,
be careful not to let him be outside -- he can get sunburned.
you are not going to be home, it's best to limit access of your
home by using a baby gate. I use the baby gate to keep Miles in
his bedroom, while I'm away. Greyhounds don't like closed doors;
they like to be able to see out.
ear checking is needed for your Greyhound. His ears should have
a healthy pink color to them, and there should never be any foul
smelling odor or debris in the ears. If you notice debris in the
ears and/or an odor, clean the ears with a cleanser like the one
pictured to the right. Do not insert any fluids inside your Greyhound's
ears. Cleaning should only be in the areas before the ear canal
(opening to the ear). To clean your Greyhound's ears, use a cotton
ball and dab the cleanser on to the cotton ball. Use the cotton
ball to clean inside ear lobes -- make sure that no debris or liquids
enter the ear canals. If your Greyhound is scatching his ears or
shaking his head, consult a vet.