You and your family have made the decision to adopt a retired racer. This is an exciting event and we are just as excited as you. We have tips to help make the transition from track life to pet life comfortable for your Greyhound and you.
1. Find a Greyhound knowledgeable veterinarian. While Greyhounds are dogs (though we know better) there are differences in their medical treatment from other breeds. Greyhounds have a low body fat ratio and the protocol for anesthesia is different. We have vets that we work with and can provide contact information if you would like.
2. A metal dog crate. Regarding size, a 42"L x 28" W x 30" H crate will be fine for the smaller 60 lb. and under greys. For the larger greys a good size is 48" L 29" W and 32" H. This allows room for your Grey to stand up and turn around.
3. Raised dog feeder. Raising the bowls provides a more comfortable dining position for your dog, makes digestion easier and helps prevent bloat.
4. Martingale collar or harness. The greyhound head and neck are the same size (circumference) and they can easily slip out of a normal collar if they move backwards quickly. We have beautiful martingales for purchase if you need one.
5. 6-8 foot lead. Good materials are leather, nylon or any strong material. Do not use a retractable lead. If your Greyhound sees something to chase it can be at the end of the retractable leash before you can react to shorten it and will pull it out of your hand.
6. To help your Grey transition to their new food, we suggest mixing some canned food with water to make a gravy to put on their kibble. YUM YUM
7. As you already have learned Greys love to sleep, so soft beds are a necessity.
8. Stuffed toys. Greyhounds love, love, love to play with stuff toys, throwing them, shaking them and seeing how quickly they can pull the stuffing out. If your new family member doesn't start playing with them immediately don't worry as some take longer than others to discover what fun they can have with them.
9. Patience and Love. Your Greyhound's world has just been turned upside down from what they have known their entire life. There are some that will take a few days, weeks even months before their wonderful personality blossoms. Part of the joy is seeing what quirky behavior and personality they develop.
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