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What should I feed my greyhound?

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Last updated: 29 Nov, 2016
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To avoid gastric upsets, it is best to continue feeding the diet offered in the adoption centre and gradually transition to a new diet over 7-10 days, if this is the intention. A good combination is high quality kibble (approx. 2 cups) and fresh human-grade meat (approx. 500g) halved to provide 2 meals per day. Alternatively, 250g of chicken necks, wings and frames could be given for breakfast with 11/2 – 2 cups of kibble and 250g of meat for dinner. This provides variety with vegetables or rice added to further maintain interest.

Always ensure fresh, clean water is available. To help maintain fluid levels, warm water can be added to meals to create a stew.

Never feed your dog just before or after exercise as this can cause gastric torsion (twisted stomach), which is very painful and can be fatal if left untreated. Signs to look for are bloating, restlessness and vomiting. This is a veterinary emergency.

Foods to avoid

Some foods will cause either a gastric upset or toxicity. The former includes milk, wheat products and bone marrow. Some treats containing artificial colouring or flavours should also be avoided. If vomiting or diarrhoea occurs, cease feeding the suspect food. Potentially toxic foods include avocadoes, grapes, chocolate, macadamia nuts and onion (raw or cooked) and these should NEVER be fed.

Sheep brisket (rib cage) is recommended for good dental health. However, too many bones may cause either constipation or diarrhoea so best to only offer once per week or fortnight. Never give cooked bones. Remember, some greyhounds take longer to eat their bones than others. For safety reasons, in multi-dog households it is best to allow them to consume their bone at their leisure away from other pets.

Always seek veterinary advice if your dog shows the following;

-      loses appetite,

-      diarrhoea or vomiting that is either severe or continues for more than a day or

-      losing weight or condition for no apparent reason.

Ideal condition and weight

Greyhounds are naturally slim but a thin fat layer should cover the body so that ribs and the tip of the hips are just visible. This means that they can be a couple of kilograms heavier than their racing weight but it is essential not to over feed them as overweight dogs suffer health problems. Also, from a top or side view, you should be able to see their ‘waist’.

For more information on feeding read the following articles:

What should I feed my dog?

What should I know before feeding dog treats?

Why is chocolate toxic to dogs and other pets?


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