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  • One of the nicest features of your greyhound is that he/she is virtually "Permanent Pressed" and a wash and wear type of dog. Grooming needs are minimal and take just a few minutes a day.
  • Greyhounds have very little "doggy odor" and do not need frequent baths. A rubber brush, grooming mitt or a soft brush will do fine.
  • When you do bathe your pet, use a good canine shampoo, never use a human shampoo.
  • Canine shampoos should be diluted one part shampoo to 3 parts water, the same holds true for canine conditioners. Then rinse, rinse, and rinse again. Always use warm water, never ice-cold water that could send your greyhound into shock. Soapy residue can be very irritating to your greyhound's skin.
  • Ears should be checked by your Vet regularly for mites or infection. If your greyhound's ears have an odor or if you notice him/her scratching its ears a lot or shaking its head a lot, have your veterinarian check him/her out.
  • Toenails should be kept trimmed. Long toenails are not only uncomfortable, but hazardous since long nails are prone to breaks and splits. Styptic powder or ordinary household flour can be used to stop the bleeding if you happen to clip your dog's nails too short.
  • If the build up of tartar is severe on your dog's teeth, you may want to have your veterinarian scale its teeth. Be sure to have your Vet check your dogs teeth and gums at least once a year to prevent infections.
  • Brush your hound's teeth at least 3 times a week. Do not use people toothpaste. Use C.E.T or other toothpaste available at your VET. We also advise using C.E.T. Oral Hygiene Rinse in between brushings.
  • NEVER, NEVER, use a flea collar on your greyhound! They are sensitive to chemicals and pesticides and some commercial flea preventatives could make them very sick or even kill them.
  • Talk to your Vet about starting a flea prevention program on your first visit.
  • Cedar is a natural flea repellent, and a dog bed filled with cedar chips may be good for outside use when not raining.
  • Be careful and know what your lawn or gardeners are using. Chemicals may be poisonous to your Greyhound. Keep your dog off any newly sprayed area for 72 hours. They absorb chemicals through their paw pads. Ask your gardeners to use pet-safe chemicals.


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Before Owning a Greyhound Getting Adjusted Getting Acquainted
Housebreaking Crate Training/Separation Anxiety Feeding and Treats
Exercise and Leash Control Hygiene Greyhounds with Children
Toys Stairs Veterinary and Medication
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