CARE || VETERINARIANS
THE GREYHOUND RESCUE
SOCIETY OF TEXAS, INC. will always be available to answer questions
you may have about your new pet. We encourage you to keep in touch
with us, as we like to know how the greyhounds are doing! Bringing
them to the Meet & Greets
is an excellent way to stay in touch and you can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are many volunteer opportunities (see Volunteer
Application) available and your involvement and help is welcomed.
It is vital that
you notify GU if you move or change your phone number. If your
greyhound is lost, and GU is called because of the identification
tag, YOUR DATABASE INFORMATION MUST BE CURRENT AND CORRECT
for you to be reunited with your greyhound.
If, for any reason,
you can no longer care for or keep your greyhound, you must return
the greyhound to Greyhounds Unlimited.
Unless otherwise informed, all dogs placed by Greyhounds Unlimited
will be spayed or neutered and will have had all their shots.
When your adoption is complete all shot records will be sent to
All greyhounds will be tested for heartworms and will be on heartworm
preventative. You will be responsible for continuing the heartworm
pills after the adoption has taken place. Other worm tests may
or may not have been done - check with Greyhounds Unlimited for
each particular dog. One of the common worms are flea tapeworms,
which look like small pieces of rice in their feces. They are
contracted by the dog ingesting fleas. Other worms can be easily
checked for at your vet. Some greyhounds are very sensitive
to the shots for tapeworms, try to use pills only.
It is important to keep your dog in good condition; use a soft
bristled brush and use it regularly, this way you will be more
likely to find any parasites in the dogs coat or any injuries.
The ears can be cleaned by using a half/half solution of alcohol
and white vinegar. Remember to also have their nails, teeth, and
ears checked regularly. Use only dog shampoo (on any dogs). Part
of their routine grooming is brushing their teeth regularly, and
it is a must to ensure clean teeth and healthy gums, making a
Use good quality dry dog food. Keep away from foods with lots
of corn or corn meal, red dye, softeners, gravy additives, and
over 27% protein or 12% fat. It is not necessary to feed these
dogs a high protein food since they are no longer racing. Many
have been fed in common troughs and are competitive at feeding
time, so keep this in mind if you are feeding more than one dog
at a time. Remember that chocolate can be very dangerous for dogs.
Avoid prolonged feeding of foods that contain this preservative.
It can be fatal to your greyhound. Could cause liver and kidney
Beef bones and dog biscuits only. They also like the rawhide chews
(American rawhide only) and pig ears, but if your dog appears
not to know what to do with it, try giving them the beef or chicken
basted rawhide. They will chew on those for the flavor and get
the hang of it!
Never tie a greyhound up. They can take off at such great speeds
that theyll injure themselves at the end of the rope.
Provide them with a soft bed -- youll notice that these
dogs lack elbow padding.
Many have never seen stairs and must learn to climb them. Be patient
and dont force them, but you may help them out at first
by carrying them up and/or down.
DO NOT USE! These can be irritant to your hound if not harmful,
unless you buy the Herbal varieties or ones containing Pyrethrins.
A good rule to go by is: If its safe for puppies and kittens,
its safe for your greyhound. Otherwise DO NOT USE!!!
DO NOT USE, UNLESS ITS SAFE FOR PUPPIES and KITTENS! Greyhounds
have very little body fat and are unable to handle the flea killer
in some dips and flea collars. Be very careful with these products.
A good bath, if you leave the shampoo on 5 minutes before rinsing
will usually take care of fleas and ticks.
Greyhounds are very sociable and hate to be left alone. Sometimes
their loneliness can result in destructive behavior such as chewing.
Crates and/or muzzles should be used when your greyhound is unattended
until such time that you know it has adjusted to its new home.
Introduce your new dog to other pets slowly. If you are concerned,
keep your greyhound muzzled. Remember, these dogs are used to
being muzzled and it is not cruel. Your dog may love your cat
but that doesnt mean he wont try and chase a strange
Greyhounds are very sensitive and should never be hit as punishment.
Your tone of voice is all that is required to indicate displeasure
and once they learn, a simple "NO" will suffice.
DO NOT LET THEM OFF A LEASH unless they are in an
enclosed area! Greyhounds are sighthounds which means they hunt
by sight. If they see something to chase -- theyre gone!
Needless to say you wont be able to catch them! They do
not know about cars either and could easily be hit if they are
running loose. They are great on a lead so you shouldnt
have problems walking, running or cycling with them, once they
are used to the routine. Yes, they are racing dogs, but if you
plan to have them run with you for miles, they need to be worked
up to that slowly like any other athlete.
Do not feed for at least 30 minutes after strenuous exercise or
let your dog run hard less than 1 hour after feeding. Greyhounds
are prone to bloat, which is caused by the stomach flipping over
- it can be fatal. Too much water before or after exercise
can also cause bloat.
Please keep an ID tag on your dog at all times. The best
collar to use is the PREMIER nylon choke designed for the greyhounds.
This collar will prevent them from backing out if they become
spooked. The greyhound you adopt from GREYHOUNDS UNLIMITED will
not only have this collar, but it will have a VET rabies tag,
a GU ID tag , and a nylon leash.
Racing dogs have never seen sliding glass doors and could run
through them. Put a temporary decal at their eye level and show
them the doors and windows. Also, they are at counter level -
dont leave food out!
We would like to
recommend the following veterinarians to care for your greyhounds
and thank them for the care they give ours.
Alvarado Veterinary Clinic
6800 E Hwy 67
Alvarado, TX 76009
VCA North Plano Animal Hospital
3101 Legacy Drive
Plano, Texas 75023
|Dr. Gregory A. Darbro
North Colony Animal Clinic
4695 North Colony Blvd, Suite 100
The Colony, Texas 75056
6194 Overton Ridge Blvd.
Ft. Worth, TX
|Dr. Jeff Ellis
VCA Preston Park Animal Hospital
18770 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
Virginia Parkway Pet Hospital
5080 Virginia Parkway, Suite 600
McKinney, TX 75071
Animal Clinic of Grand Prairie
614 North Belt Line Road
Grand Prairie, Texas 75050
Sanford Oaks Animal Clinic
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