Adopting a retired racing greyhound is a great way to save a wonderful dog while gaining a lifelong companion. Families who are planning to adopt an ex-racer frequently have a lot of questions, including what type of food to feed their new companions. Fortunately, keeping a greyhound in tip-top shape is not difficult – or expensive.
The good news is that retired racing greyhounds do not require special diets or expensive foods. In fact, greyhounds thrive on a good dry food and that food does not have to be expensive. Greyhound adoption organizations recommend that greyhounds be fed a diet of dry food rather than more costly canned food once they have left the track and settled into life as pampered pets. This is because the nutrient-dense soft food greyhounds eat during their racing careers can be very hard on their teeth. Switching retired greyhounds to crunchy dry food will help mitigate the damage and prevent further erosion of their tooth enamel.
Every dog owner has his favorite brand of food. If you already have a dog who is thriving on the dry food of your choice, chances are your new family member will do just as well. An ongoing survey of greyhound owners at Greytalk.com found that food choices were all over the board. The food choices listed on the survey ranged from the most inexpensive store brands to the most costly specialty brands. This survey began in October 2005, but new greyhound owners continue to weigh in on their favorite brands of dog food. Survey results seem to bear out the idea that retired racing greyhounds adapt quite well to new dry food diets. Greyhound lovers who want to keep track of the ongoing survey results can check them out at http://forum.greytalk.com/index.php?showtopic=202031. Although no one brand has an overwhelming majority, a good number of greyhound owners report feeding their dogs Kirkland brand food, followed closely by the specialty Canidae brand. Other popular choices among greyhound owners include Nutro, Purina ProPlan and Iams.
Although the majority of retired racing greyhounds do quite well on traditional dry foods, some dogs have special digestive needs. Retired racers can sometimes be a bit nervous until they settle into their new surroundings and that nervousness may manifest itself in digestive problems. Dogs with sensitive stomachs may benefit from diet dog foods and food designed for senior dogs. These specialty foods are lower in fat and higher in fiber than traditional dog food formulas, making them a good choice for dogs with sensitive stomachs. Fit and Trim, Nutro Weight Control and Iams Senior are all good choices.