FEEDING YOUR GREYHOUND
Listed below are a number of guidelines which should keep your dog fit and healthy.
We feed our dogs 1 litre of biscuits & approx. 1 tin of meat per dog, per day. In a home situation this is usually split over 2 meals one in the morning & one in the evening.
Greyhounds have sensitive digestive systems so changes in food should be done gradually.
Water should be available at all times and changed regularly. Never leave your dog without fresh water.
Complete foods are the most effective, economical and efficient way of feeding your dog the proteins, vitamins and minerals he needs. In the first instance, buy only a small bag; this saves wastage should your dog not take to that particular brand or flavour. Follow feeding instructions on packaging according to the weight of your dog. Keep an eye on your dog’s stools, should they become loose due to a change of food, you may need to think again. Generally complete foods are based on biscuit or cereal, additional tinned food is not necessary but can make a meal more appetising.
Biscuits can aid a dog’s digestion and help keep teeth clean.
We sell a greyhound meal biscuit up at the kennels in 15kg bags (which should last 1 greyhound approx. 4 weeks)
Great, all animals love a treat and are very appreciative of any leftovers. However, this is not needed every day. They will also eat left over vegetables. They should not be fed too much pork.
Excellent for helping to keep teeth clean and healthy. Use regularly and as an extra treat. Not all chews are liked by all dogs. Keep experimenting, otherwise extra teeth cleaning duties will be needed. Ensure chews are of a good quality & avoid rawhide/fresh bones as they can get lodged in delicate windpipes.
- A tablespoon of cod liver oil added to main food will help maintain glossy coats.
- Cooked scrambles eggs are a good treat (especially tasty to poorly greyhounds off their food).
- Small amounts of cheese are a good training aid.
- Oily fish, such as tinned tuna (in moderation), pilchards and other filleted fish are a healthy treat but ensure they are in veg oil or tomato sauce NOT IN BRINE.
- If your greyhound is a little runny then plain cottage cheese or Chappie will help firm them back up again.
- Pasta & rice will go down well as will Yorkshire puddings & toast!
- Avoid chocolate, raw onions, gravy with too much salt in it (most gravy granules contain far too much salt for a greyhound!), currants, raisins and too fatty meats.