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    Nutrition for a Competitive Greyhound (Part 2)
Nutrition for a Competitive Greyhound (Part 2)
Blueprint of a greyhound. Source: Midjourney

Nutrition for a Competitive Greyhound (Part 2)

Greyhounds, particularly those newly introduced to a kennel environment, might need encouragement to adapt to the feeding schedule.

Using a lead can be beneficial for new arrivals who aren't yet familiar with the kennel's feeding routines. It assists in guiding them from their kennel to the designated feeding areas.

Greyhound feeding. Source: Midjourney
Greyhound feeding. Source: Midjourney

Monitoring Food Intake

Feeding the dogs separately allows for easier monitoring of each dog’s food consumption. This helps in tracking their nutritional intake and spotting any unusual changes in appetite.

Preventing Conflicts

Implementing separate feeding zones reduces the risk of conflicts among kennel mates, resulting in a more peaceful and efficient feeding routine. These well-structured routines not only aid in better dog management but also create a nurturing environment for these cherished greyhounds.

Proper Techniques for Collaring and Feeding Greyhounds

A systematic and sensitive approach is essential when collaring and feeding greyhounds, especially in a kennel setting.

Collar for greyhound. Source: Midjourney
Collar for greyhound. Source: Midjourney

Safe Collaring Procedures

Best practices for collaring a greyhound before feeding include:

- Lead Placement: Position the end of the lead over the dog's back to minimise the risk of being bitten in the face if the dog becomes protective of its food.

- Handling Reactive Dogs: Ensure the lead is positioned so that the handler can remain upright and manage the situation effectively if the dog snaps.

Feeding Greyhounds in a Large Kennel Environment

In larger kennels, it’s important to maintain adequate space between feeding dogs to minimise aggression and conflicts. Dogs should not eat too close to each other to prevent confrontations. Additionally, never walk a dog past another dog that is feeding, as this can trigger aggressive behaviour.

Post-Feeding Hygiene and Safety

After feeding, it’s crucial to follow safety protocols while cleaning the feeding area. 

- Moving the Food Bowl: Use your foot to move the bowl away from the dog before bending down to pick it up, reducing the risk of accidental bites.

Even though greyhounds are generally gentle, it's important to exercise caution when dealing with dogs and food. Adhering to proper procedures ensures the safety and well-being of both the dogs and their handlers.

Can Greyhounds Eat Raw Food?

Yes, greyhounds can consume raw food, commonly known as BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food). This diet mimics what dogs would naturally eat in the wild, consisting mainly of raw meat, bones, fruits, and vegetables. However, switching to a raw diet should be supervised by a vet or professional nutritionist to ensure all nutritional needs are met and to prevent bacterial contamination.

Raw food for greyhound. Source: Midjourney
Raw food for greyhound. Source: Midjourney

How to know if a greyhound is overweight?

An overweight greyhound may exhibit physical changes such as difficulty feeling their ribs and a lack of a tucked abdomen. Behavioural signs include lethargy, easy fatigue during play or exercise, and trouble standing up or lying down. If concerned, consult a veterinarian.

Can Greyhounds Eat Dairy Products?

In small amounts, some greyhounds can tolerate dairy products like cheese, yoghurt, or milk. However, others may experience digestive issues such as diarrhoea or vomiting. Dogs can be lactose intolerant, so if your greyhound shows signs of intolerance, it's best to eliminate dairy from their diet.

Can Greyhounds Eat Human Food?

Certain human foods are safe for greyhounds, such as many fruits, vegetables, and meats, which can supplement their diet. However, some foods are toxic to dogs, including chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions, and xylitol. Always ensure food is safe before feeding it to your greyhound.

Human Food for greyhound. Source: Midjourney
Human Food for greyhound. Source: Midjourney

What can be done when a greyhound does not eat?

If your greyhound refuses to eat, check for immediate factors like food temperature or environmental distractions. If the refusal persists for more than a day, consult a veterinarian, as it could indicate health issues.

Are There Any Foods That Greyhounds Should Absolutely Avoid?

Yes, certain foods are toxic to greyhounds, such as alcoholic beverages, chocolate, caffeine, grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts, onions, garlic, chives, avocados, and foods with xylitol. These can cause serious health issues, including organ failure or death.

Is Wet or Dry Food Better for Greyhounds?

Both of the variants have their advantages. Dry food offers better value, is easier to store, helps maintain dental health, and can be accurately measured. Wet food is generally more appealing due to its scent and flavour, aids in hydration, and can be easier to digest. The choice depends on your greyhound’s preferences and dietary needs.

How often to visit a vet?

Healthy adult dogs should have a complete veterinary check-up at least once a year. Senior dogs or those with health issues might need check-ups every six months. Any noticeable changes in behaviour, eating habits, weight, or general demeanour should prompt a vet visit.

Can dogs survive on a vegetarian diet?

While dogs can survive on a well-balanced vegetarian diet, it can be challenging to provide all essential nutrients from plant sources alone. Consult a vet or canine nutritionist if considering a vegetarian diet to ensure all dietary needs are met and deficiencies are prevented.

Do dogs need any kind of supplemental medicine?

A well-balanced diet typically provides all essential nutrients, but supplements may be beneficial in certain cases, such as for joint issues or skin conditions. Supplements should only be added under veterinary supervision to avoid harmful excesses.

By following these guidelines and consulting with professionals, you can ensure your greyhound's diet and feeding routine support their health and well-being effectively.


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