Just like people, dogs feel much better when they are healthy. But unlike people, dogs can’t take care of themselves. To keep your Greyhound on the track (no pun intended) to wellness and better living, follow these health tips.
• Exercise builds efficient bodies. Nothing makes a pooch happier than a stroll through the neighborhood. And while your dog’s satisfying his curiosity by sniffing trees and bushes, he’s also burning calories. For more intense physical activity, try going to an open fenced in area where your Grey can do what he loves best; RUN! This should prove to be a great workout, helping expand lung capacity and tone muscle. No matter what activity you choose, your Greyhound will enjoy the benefits of regular exercise while forging a stronger bond with you in the process.
• Protect your smiles. You probably remember to brush your own teeth, but doggie dental care often goes by the wayside. For dogs that are temperamental about pet owners or vets touching their teeth, you might try using dental treats that have been designed specifically for the oral care needs of dogs and cats.
• Read food labels. Unlike people, dog’s can’t read food labels. They are dependent upon their owners to give them the best possible nutrition. The best dog food lists meat as the first ingredient. Look for “Chicken,” not “Chicken Flavor” or “Dog Food with Chicken” – items that list the name of the meat contain primarily that ingredient, while the “with” designation means that the food only contains a small amount of chicken or beef.
• Visit the vet regularly. Similar to people visiting the doctor, dogs need regular veterinary care. Greyhounds have potential health risks it must guard against. Your dog’s veterinarian will let you know when recommended vaccinations are due, give proper care to keep your dog healthy and notify you about potential health risks and treatments.