Health

Greyhounds are a very healthy breed. They are not prone to diseases and disorders that many other large breeds experience.


Remember these basic rules and read the other material from the menu on the right side of this page and you should enjoy your healthy Greyhound for many years.


  1. Absent body fat like other dogs: ....Never use flea collars on a Greyhound....use either Advantage by Bayer or Program by Novartis. ....They cannot absorb chemical toxins so use caution with yard products, insect control and remember, NO FLEA COLLARS! ....They are heat and cold sensitive. Adjust walks and "outs" accordingly.
  2. Your Greyhound is an indoor dog only. That does not mean you can leave him out on a nice day while you are gone or put him in a garage or shed. It means they live in your home like you and the rest of your family.
  3. Never leave them off leash or allow them to be out of a fenced area. No tethering.
  4. Feed your dog a good quality dog food, not cheap grocery store or bargain brands. This will save you many dollars in medical expenses and much heartache in the end. Greyhounds do tend to have sensitive stomachs and do not do well with constant changes in diet or poor quality foods. Remember: What is good for you is usually good for your Greyhound. Vegetables, rice, pasta without sauce, fruit, plain yogurt, low fat cottage cheese, cooked ground turkey, boiled or broiled chicken, and low sodium/low fat chicken broth can all be added to their food for variety or enticement to eat.
  5. Keep yearly shots and examinations updated.
  6. Always use a monthly heartworm preventative. Interceptor and Heartgard Plus are the two REGAP recommends.
  7. Make sure you use a veterinarian who is very familiar with Greyhounds and has lots of Greyhound patients. This is extremely important if your Greyhound is having any unusual or persistent problems.
  8. If your Greyhound is having continued house training accidents, it is highly likely medically caused. It could be parasites (worms) or a urinary tract or bladder/kidney infection. Always eliminate this possibility first before becoming upset with your dog or considering it a behavioral problem.