Greyhounds are most known for the unique build that allows them to run incredibly fast. However, they are also known for their sweet nature, intelligence, and remarkable companionship.
If you’re thinking of adopting your own greyhound, it’s important to know what your future pet will need.
Greyhounds are special dogs and greyhound care should fit their specific needs. Fortunately, with a little bit of know-how, giving your greyhound a happy and healthy life isn’t difficult!
Read on to learn more about the basics of greyhound care.
Feeding Your Greyhound
Like most dog breeds, greyhounds should eat medium- to high-quality dry dog food every day. If your greyhound weighs around 60 pounds, four cups of food per day are advisable, broken up into two meals.
Because greyhounds are susceptible to bloat, it’s best to place their food and water bowls on a raised surface, rather than on the ground. You can use a raised feeder or place their bowls on top of a small bench or crate.
Exercising Your Greyhound
Although greyhounds have a reputation for their strong running skills, they tend to be laid-back dogs. In fact, they may not be the best companions for long-term or rigorous exercising such as hiking.
A greyhound is often happiest when they can burn off excess energy sporadically throughout the day. If you have a large yard, you will likely notice your greyhound getting the zoomies outside once or twice a day! You can take greyhounds for one to two-mile walks or shorter runs, but they tend to prefer a short sprint rather than a slower-paced marathon.
Grooming Your Greyhound
The grooming needs of your greyhound will vary largely based on what kind of coat they have. Long-haired greyhounds should be brushed at least twice a week to avoid matting. Make sure that you are not over-bathing your greyhound (twice a month will do), as this can strip their skin and coat of natural oils that keep them healthy.
Brushing your greyhound’s teeth two-four times a month is important. Greyhounds may not respond well to anesthesia, which is often used in professional dog cleaning. By brushing your greyhound teeth regularly, you can avoid the need for professional dog cleaning.
Common Greyhound Health Issues to Look Out For
Like other large purebreds, greyhounds have certain health risks you will want to look out for. Make sure your greyhound is vaccinated for things like rabies and parvo. In addition, learn more about Fibrinolytic Syndrome in greyhounds.
Greyhound Care Is Simple
Owning a greyhound can bring tons of joy and fulfillment to your life. Greyhounds are most known for their sprinting abilities, but they also make a great addition to most families. With this basic guide to greyhound care, you can make sure that your greyhound is healthy and happy for years to come!
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