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FAQs - Feeding

Feeding

Ex-racing greyhounds seem to do well on a variety of foods. Dry foods seem to be the most popular and can be fed moistened or dry; quite often greyhounds don't eat their food quickly and if moistened it soon goes to mush.

Judge the suitability of his diet by the 'end result'. Which should be firm enough to roll off the shovel. A diet that suits him shouldn't produce much flatulence. Any recognisable elements in his bowel movements indicate that he can't digest these, such as sweet corn. Try not to feed him things he can't digest.

Any change of diet should be done gradually over a week or so, mixing in a little of the new food initially until eventually he is completely on to the new diet. The flora in your dogs gut is adapted to digest his old food. When you change his diet suddenly the flora can't digest it and it gets shot through quickly before much of the goodness has been absorbed producing sloppy bowel movements. The flora will adapt to the new food, but they need a few days.

If you have had to change his food suddenly, expect a few days of runny bowel movements. If you can get any of the old food then mix this in for a few days to give him a gradual transfer. Failing that, adding in something easily digestible such as rice and chicken or fish might help.

Foods to try

The following were mentioned favourably by posters to the SpeakEasy (in no particular order):

  • James Wellbeloved
  • Pascoes
  • Wagg
  • Supadog no. 3
  • Hill's Science Plan senior
  • Autarky food
  • Bakers Complete
  • Burns
  • Chum Original
  • Butchers Tripe (tinned food)
  • Chappie tinned food with mixer
  • Butchers Tripe canned dog food.

If you have a bit more time, or your dog has a sensitive tum you could feed a combo of fish/rice/pasta/chicken this wouldn't cost as much as tinned food:

  • home cooked fish & rice or pasta (ask fishmonger for broken fish).
  • home cooked chicken & rice or pasta

Quite commonly people added some leftover vegetables to their dogs dinners where their dogs liked them.

Foods to avoid

Do not feed racing dog food. It is formulated for dogs in training and is not suitable for them in their new life as a companion animal.

As a breed they seem to have problems with rich foods and most people seem to avoid red meat based foods.

Be careful if the dog helps himself to the cat's food because there is more protein in cat food than in dog food and they really shouldn't have it.

Information provided by contributors to the SpeakEasy, and summarised by Jill


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