Greyhound Care Is More Than Just Grooming…
Greyhound care isn’t just about brushing your dog’s coat and taking him to the vet for annual checkups. There are many aspects to caring for a pooch that people tend to forget or overlook, simply because they are uneducated or are lazy. As an owner, it is your responsibility to provide your pet with the best possible care to ensure they enjoy a happy, safe and healthy life.
Here are a few tips for you to keep in mind in terms of Greyhound care:
• Feed him a high quality dog food. The first ingredient should be meat or fish and the product should contain no by-products, chemicals, preservatives or other additives.
• Keep your pooch away from water until he has been taught how to swim, not all Greys are natural swimmers.
• This breed is very sensitive to cold weather and will require a coat or sweater as an important part of Greyhound care when out in chilly and freezing temperatures.
• They are prone to bloat, which is a serious medical condition that can lead to death. Therefore, they should be fed two or three meals per day and should not be exercised directly after eating to prevent this from happening. Furthermore, this pooch is also sensitive to medication, including pesticides used for fleas. Therefore, you should speak to your vet before using any type of pest-killing product to make sure it’s safe.
• Provide your hound with a very soft bed for resting because he can develop pressure sores if he lies directly on the floor, another hard surface or even a regular bed.
• Chew toys are an important part of Greyhound care. Like most dogs he likes to put his mouth around things to explore, experience, because he’s boredom or to obtain attention. Make sure what he puts in his mouth is safe and reasonable for chewing.
• Trim his nails every 2 – 3 weeks, brush teeth every other day and groom coat with a firm bristle brush on a weekly basis. Bathing is usually only required once or twice per year.
• Exercise him every day with two brisk 20 minute walks, a good run in the yard and playtime.
Last, but certainly not least, love and affection is essential to Greyhound care. Give him plenty of this on a daily basis and he will return it ten times over.