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Adopt a Greyhound Month

Did you know that April is Adopt A Greyhound Month? While it’s wonderful to see dogs of any breed getting wonderful homes, it’s great to shine the spotlight on these sweet racing dogs. There are far too many of these sweet, gentle dogs in need of loving forever homes! Read on as a Livonia, MI vet discusses the Greyhound.

Basics

Introduced by the AKC in 1885, the Greyhound is smart, lovable, and very playful. They actually make wonderful pets! However, Greyhounds are most known for their amazing speed. These quick pooches can run up to 40 mph! In fact, only a few animals are quicker. Greyhounds, as you may know, are often used as racing dogs. Unfortunately, many of these lovable pooches have fairly short careers. This has led to a high number of ex-race dogs becoming available for adoption. Sadly, although they make wonderful pets, they are often overlooked.

Temperament

Greyhounds are generally quite shy and lovable. They do need regular exercise, but not as much as you may think. Usually a few brisk daily walks, and a vigorous weekly play sessions, will do it. It may surprise you to learn that Greyhounds are actually quite drowsy. Fido can sleep up to 18 hours a day! For these reasons, they are suitable for apartment living, though they love having fenced yards to run around in.

Care Tips

Like any other breed, Greyhounds do have a few specific needs. They have very thin fur, and can get cold easily in winter. They are also very sensitive to chemicals, such as flea sprays, so you’ll need to be cautious with what you use on your pup. Fido will appreciate a doggy jacket, and perhaps a heated bed. Finally, because they have such little heads, Greyhounds require special collars, as they can slip out of regular ones.

Roommates

Some Greyhounds do chase smaller animals. This isn’t an across-the-board trait, as it really varies from dog to dog. Some of these cute pups do just fine with pint-sized roommates, while others should be kept with buddies closer to their own size.

Tips

It’s worth noting that Greyhounds have a tendency to be oblivious to cars, and may run into traffic if not stopped. Be very careful when walking Fido along a roadside!

Do you have questions about caring for Greyhounds? Call us, your local Livonia, MI pet hospital, today!

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