Your new baby is getting ready to come home to you...now you need to get ready for the big day.
1. A big fluffy bed ...or two... greyhounds love to follow you from room to room...but then realize that their bed is in the other room...so they'll start to whine until you go get it! Having a second bed for them will help them understand that they are now part of the family.
2. Food - we recommend high quality foods like Natural Balance (fish and sweet potato is our favorite)... but other foods like Nutro Natural Choice Lamb & Rice or Nutro Ultra also do very well. We recommend a 1000-1200mg fish oil pill to be put in their food daily...this helps their coat stay soft and shiny, as well as cutting down on shedding, dander and dry itchy skin.
3. Get a single can of kraft parmesan cheese - this is an old trick...but gets your grey very excited about eating...they will be very nervous for the first week or so, and the natural response is to not eat - adding a little sprinkle will help a lot.
4. We'll be providing you with a book: Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies.... it's a fun read and pretty spot on... our gift.
5. Your greyhound will come with a leash and collar. While you are welcome to get your own, it is a must that the collar be a MARTINGALE type collar. One of our good friends at Adopt-a-Star is Gayle Fink, and she makes some really lovely custom martingales to match your greyhound. She can be reached at: email@example.com - please be sure that you mention you are from Adopt-a-Star. You will also get a tag for the collar (let us know if you would like more than one. While it's imperative that you get your own ID tag for your greyhound, we do ask that you keep the Adopt-a-Star tag on their collar as well. This serves two purposes...if your greyhound were to get loose, and you were not available, we would be called and could send someone to retrieve your baby for you... the second is that you will be asked where you got your beautiful baby, and it's great to have the name and number on their collar for easy reference!
6. We'll be supplying you with a tick panel kit, forms and information about tick diseases. The lab we use (Protatek) is about $60 per test (plus the cost of the blood draw from your vet and mailing). Most vets will do the draw gratis for a rescue, if combined with a regular office visit (checkup). DO NOT HAVE YOUR VET do the screen - they don't test for all the tick diseases, commonly missing the most important, and they charge $600 - not the $60 that Protatek does.
7. Raised feeding bowls are HIGHLY recommended. These are tall dogs and stooping to the floor while eating is uncomfortable and can be dangerous. The range is vast from inexpensive at walmart.com to custom... you want to make sure that the minimum rise is 12", with a preferred rise closer to 18" (both food and water).
8. Feeding: your hound will be used to eating a lot more than you're going to be feeding them. You should feed them 2X per day. We recommend 7-9am and 4-5pm for the second feeding. You may need to work in a snack for lunch initially until their metabolism calms down a bit. You will need to feed 1 1/2 - 2 cups of food at each feeding, and it's very important to wet the food (usually up to the food level, with warm water). Let it sit for 1-2 minutes before giving it to your grey - this will help their digestion. DO NOT SELF FEED your grey - they will get picky, and it will be much harder to house train. If you don't know when they eat, you can't know when they'll need to go out. Water consumption should be monitored and regulated until they are house broken.
9. Tie downs | tethering | etc. - this is a NO. No matter how long or short you think you are going to be, NEVER tie your greyhound to anything and leave him or her unattended....no matter how short or long the lead. A greyhound can accelerate to nearly 45 mph in 2 strides, which if met by a tie-down, would snap their neck.
10. We will provide a deworming pill. Each dog will have been given one...you will need to give the follow up which will be 2 weeks later. This is done simply as a precaution.
11. Your greyhound will have had a teeth cleaning. Help keep your hound's teeth clean by using good quality chews. We don't recommend rawhide, and any chews you give your grey should be made in the USA. There are a number of chews on the market from China and Brazil - these are not safe. Most rawhide is foreign, and contains harmful chemicals. A great chew for teeth maintenance are C.E.T. chews available through www.1800petmeds.com, which is where you will also need to get your monthly heartworm prevention medication and monthly flea and tick prevention. We recommend Frontline PLUS - rather than just Frontline - the PLUS kills the eggs too. Remember if you are planning a bath - do so prior to giving the treatment, even though it does say that it's waterproof, a bath will reduce the effectiveness of the medication.
12. Treats - this is up to you...but again, please be discriminating...just because it's being sold in the pet store does not mean it's good to give to your grey.
13. Bath time - be sure that you use a good quality oatmeal based shampoo for dogs - human shampoo is not suitable for dogs. When done, a great way to keep the shine and condition of the coat is to use DermCare Skin and Coat Spray Conditioner for Dogsand DVM Pharmaceuticals HyLyt Efa Bath Oil (www.southernagriculture.com).
14. Never leave your greyhound unattended in the yard. Due to only having a single coat (no undercoat), greyhounds have a harder time maintaining body temperature and can quickly get too cold or hot (Gayle - mentioned above, also makes great jammies and coats for winter). Greyhounds are indoor dogs and are very clean - due to their single coat, they don't get that "dog" smell.
15. House breaking your greyhound. Greyhounds are not housebroken when you get them; however, learn quickly. You will however probably have an accident that you'll need to clean up. Go to Petco or Petsmart and get a bottle of Nature's Miracle (for dogs) - this is a treatment that will remove pet stains and odors, so that the dog can't smell themselves and think that it's the right place to go... instead keep your grey on leash, even in the house, watch them carefully for their (usually silent) signs - they are not vocal, but they do communicate. If you see them looking uncomfortable, or nervous, take them outside and praise them for doing their business there. If they have an accident, immediately give them a tug - say NO - BAD GIRL/BOY - Never use their name in conjunction with negative feedback. As a training aid, there is a brick that you can place in your desired area of relief, which is scented to let your grey know...this is where to go... it can be purchased from SkyMall.
House breaking is about consistency and the correct use of positive and negative feedback. Your greyhound is very smart and will learn quickly; however, don't expect them to do so on their own - it's a team effort!
16. Your greyhound will be current on shots and we will provide to you a history of their shots, as well as their pedigree when we deliver your grey to you.
17. Flea and Tick prevention, is critical to the health and well-being of your greyhound. As soon as possible, you will want to apply Frontline PLUS flea and tick topical treatment (available at 1800PETMEDS.COM as well as Petco or Petsmart)...buy through iGive and Adopt-a-Star will receive 4.8% of your purchase in the form of a donation from 1800PETMEDS without costing you a cent!
18. Heartworm prevention, is equally as critical to the health and well-being of your greyhound. Many vets in California downplay the importance of heartworm prevention due to the very low number of cases each year; however, you don't want to be one of those cases! ...buy through iGive and Adopt-a-Star will receive 4.8% of your purchase in the form of a donation from 1800PETMEDS without costing you a cent! Please remember - DO NOT START heartworm prevention treatment until your greyhound has had a heartworm test. Your vet can sell you heartworm medication; however, it will usually be at a premium and Adopt-a-Star won't benefit...so please consider using the link above.
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