Do not be afraid to discuss any concerns as well as anesthesia protocol with your veterinarian. If your vet has had minimal experience with greyhounds and anesthesia, be sure to inform your vet about your greyhound’s sensitivity.
As with any dog, periodic visits to the vet are part of maintaining a long healthy and happy life for a Greyhound. A Greyhound should have no less than an annual vet visit to get updated on vaccinations, have a wellness examination performed and perhaps teeth cleaning. Depending on the age and health issues of the dog, more frequent vet visits may be necessary to maintain good health.
You should never give your dog medications without consulting your veterinarian and following his or her dosage recommendations. Greyhounds especially may be hyper-sensitive to some medications.
Treatments Before Adoption
Generally, all Retired Greyhounds have been neutered/spayed, had their teeth cleaned, heartworm test, and have received routine vaccinations (DHLPP, Corona, and Rabies) and an initial worming before being adopted. If you are adopting a Greyhound, your Team Greyhound adoption coordinator will be able to tell you about any existing health conditions and provide any records that may exist of recent treatments performed.
Know About Greyhound Sensitivity to Medicine and Other Substances
Because Greyhounds are very lean, they may not metabolize medications and other chemicals as efficiency as other dog breeds. Therefore, it is important that your veterinarian is aware of this Greyhound sensitivity as he or she may need to prescribe lower “per pound” doses.
Do not be afraid to discuss these concerns as well as anesthesia protocol with your veterinarian. If your vet has had minimal experience with greyhounds and anesthesia, be sure to inform your vet about your greyhound’s sensitivity.
Recommended Greyhound (or any dog) First Aid Kit
Never perform a medical procedure on your dog except as directed by a veterinarian during emergency situations.
- Gauze Sponges (50) 4”x4”
- Triple Antibiotic Ointment
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Ear Syringe (2 oz. capacity)
- Rectal Thermometer
- Ace Self-Adhering Athletic Bandage (3” width)
- White Petroleum Jelly (Vaseline)
- Eye Wash • Sterile, Non-Adherent Pads
- Pepto Bismol Tablets • Generic Benadryl Capsules (25mg for allergies)
- Hydrocortisone Acetate (1% cream) • Sterile Stretch Gauze Bandage (3” x 4 yds)
- Dermicil Hypoallergenic Cloth Tape (1” x 10 yds)
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Kaopectate Tablets (maximum strength)
- Bandage Scissors
- Custom Splints
- Vet Wrap Bandage
It may also be helpful to have copies of your dog’s paperwork on hand (health records, medications, poison control number, veterinary clinic contact & emergency clinic contact numbers).
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Thank you for your interest in adopting or fostering a retired racer. Applications through Team Greyhound are currently being accepted in the following locations: Central Ohio, Cleveland Area and Dayton Area.