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Caring for Your New Greyhound: Health and Wellness Tips

A greyhound in the park
Foster boy Roy, Blue Greyhound

Welcoming a rescued greyhound into your home is an exciting journey filled with love and companionship. Alongside showering them with affection, it's essential to prioritise their health and wellness. Here's a guide to help you ensure your new furry friend stays happy and healthy from day one.

Routine Health Checks: Regular health checks are crucial for maintaining your greyhound's well-being. Upon arrival, take the time to inspect their ears, eyes, teeth, and gums for any signs of infection or abnormalities. Trim their nails carefully to prevent overgrowth and discomfort. Additionally, be vigilant for any signs of limping or soreness, which could indicate underlying health issues.

Flea and Worm Prevention: Due to their previous environment, greyhounds may have been exposed to fleas and worms. Even if they've received treatment, it's wise to remain vigilant. Upon arrival, check for fleas and administer a dose of flea treatment if necessary. Monitor their stools for signs of worms, and administer the provided wormers and tapeworm treatment as directed. To safeguard against future infestations, give a worming tablet on day one and record the date in the tracker for ongoing protection against fleas, worms, and ticks.

Hookworm Vigilance: Hookworm infestations may persist. In the first weeks, monitor your greyhound for symptoms such as diarrhea, blood in stool, changes in appetite, and weight loss, as these could indicate a hookworm infestation. Seeking veterinary advice is necessary. They may ask for a stool sample for testing, so it may be a good idea to collect this for your first visit.

Ongoing Care and Support: Beyond the initial health checks and treatments, ongoing care and support are essential for your greyhound's well-being. Maintain regular visits to the veterinarian for check-ups and vaccinations. Provide a balanced diet tailored to their needs, ensuring they receive adequate nutrition for optimal health. Create a safe and comfortable environment where they can thrive, both physically and emotionally.

Caring for a rescued greyhound is a rewarding responsibility that requires attention to their health and wellness needs. By prioritising routine health checks, flea and worm prevention, and ongoing care, you can ensure your greyhound enjoys a happy and fulfilling life by your side. Remember, your dedication to their well-being is a testament to the love and compassion you share with your new furry companion.

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