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Sensible advice for raising your Greyhound puppy so he lives a long healthy life and seldom needs to visit the vet. Learn about the most common health problems and issues in Greyhounds, the best dog food diet for feeding Greyhound puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


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Greyhound Health Problems and Raising a Greyhound Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
How To Raise a Healthy Dog
Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
Vaccinations: Needed or Not?
Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

The most common health problems in Greyhounds:

Cancer, especially bone cancer (osteosarcoma), claims the lives of many Greyhounds.

As with all deep-chested breeds, Greyhounds are at higher-than-normal risk for the emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat.

Allergies cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma). The thin-skinned, bony elbow joint of the Greyhound is prone to elbow hygroma.

Eye diseases occasionally occur in Greyhounds, including pannus and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA).

Most Greyhounds found in pet homes today are ex-racing dogs and may suffer special health problems associated with their racing lifestyle:

  • tick-borne diseases (Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease)
  • intestinal bacterial infections (e-coli, salmonella, and campylobacter)
  • protozoal infections (giardia and coccidia)
  • worms
  • dental disease
  • general alopecia (hair loss), caused by constant rubbing against the metal bars in their small cages
  • vasculopathy, a potentially fatal disease where small blood vessels become blocked, producing swollen hind legs, skin ulcers, and sometimes kidney disease

In terms of orthopedic diseases, osteochondritis has been reported in Greyhounds, and hip dysplasia does occur, but the rate is very low. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 300 Greyhounds and found 2.4% dysplastic. That's an excellent rate.

Other health issues in Greyhounds include epilepsy, blood-clotting diseases (von Willebrand's and hemophilia A), hypothyroidism, megaesophagus, and deafness (inherited deafness in Greyhounds with a lot of white on their head).

Because of their low body fat, all sighthounds are extra sensitive to anesthetics and require an experienced vet who will follow a special Greyhound Anesthesia Protocol.

All sighthounds REQUIRE open space to run. A Greyhound who can't stretch his legs and gallop off-leash, for just a few minutes each day, will not develop proper muscle tone for good health.

Musculoskeletal injuries (fractures, pulled muscles or ligaments, broken toes, paw injuries, etc.) are common when slender-legged sighthounds race about.

Greyhounds have little or no insulation and cannot tolerate cold weather. Put a sweater on them when the temperature dips below 40 degrees.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Greyhound?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Greyhounds today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Greyhound puppy who is genetically healthy.
  2. Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your Greyhound puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Greyhound puppy or adult dog:

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Information on booster shots for your Greyhound. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
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