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Veterinary and Medication

  • Bring your dog to a Vet who knows about sight hounds or is willing to learn. Ex-racers have special needs. These dogs have difficulty with regular anesthesia, and are sensitive to many types of medications; some drugs normally used on dogs CANNOT be used on greyhounds.
  • On your first visit bring in a stool sample to recheck for any worms or parasites.
  • If you see something abnormal- dog is off its food, drinking excessively, having accidents in the house or straining when urinating call your vet.
  • If it becomes necessary to give your greyhound a pill, put the pill in a little lump of peanut butter, cream cheese, liverwurst, a pat of butter or Snausages.
  • NEVER give your dog any non-prescribed medication, as they may contain ingredients that can be lethal to your dog. Before administering any medication ask your Vet.
  • Greyhounds have no protection of fur or fat for injuries, so they tend to seem more accident-prone. They will still run and play even with an injury. Take your greyhound to the vet for the proper care and medication of any wound to prevent infection.


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