Winter Tips for Your Greyhound

Winter is here! Already, this winter, we have experienced much lower low temperatures and the next few months will see snow, ice and cold winds. While most of us who have greyhounds know that they need special care in the winter, we still want to send along some advice for keeping your hounds safe, warm and healthy.

Since most of our greyhounds (or at least we hope ALL) greyhounds are indoors most of the time, they are not used to going outside in frigid temperatures and their thin skin and lack of thick fur makes them more vulnerable to the frigid temperatures that winter brings.

Frostbite – Even though greyhounds have a fur coat, it is extremely thin and will not protect them from extreme elements. Most greyhounds cannot endure temperatures below freezing for more than 10 to 15 minutes. Greyhounds left outdoors can get frostbite and even freeze to death much sooner than other breeds of dogs that have heavier coats. Signs of frostbite include pale skin that is cool tothe touch, with decreased sensation in the affected area. If you suspect frostbite, gently warm the area with warm – not hot – water and then take your greyhound to your veterinarian. Once an area has been frozen it becomes more susceptible to cold and frostbite. The bottom line is: do not allow your greyhound to stay outside long enough to put it in to any jeopardy!

If you have to go out for any length of time, please put a coat on your greyhound. Our rule of thumb is that, if we need a coat, our greyhound needs a coat. There are many coat makers around and it’s very easy to find them on the internet. If you cannot afford a coat but need one, please contact us immediately. We keep a stack of donated coats that we’d be happy to share with you!

Antifreeze: Although most people are aware of the fact that antifreeze is toxic to dogs, veterinarians still report that it continues to be a wide spread problem. We are sending along a reminder to keep garage floors and driveways clear of antifreeze spills and do not allow open containers of antifreeze anywhere near where your greyhound travels. If you suspect that your greyhound has been exposed to antifreeze, contact the ASPCA Poison Control Center or your veterinarian immediately

Snow and Ice: Everyone who has adopted a greyhound knows that they LOVE

to run in the snow! They can run with abandon and sometimes can get hurt badly if they skid, fall and/or run into objects. Make sure that your yard is clear of items that cannot be seen in the snow but tripped over when a greyhound runs fast. Remember, a greyhound can reach up to 40 miles per hour in a few steps. It takes much more for them to slow down than it takes for them to get up to speed.

Because a greyhound has such thin skin, everyone knows how easily they can cut themselves. One hazard that we run into a lot involves snow that melts and re-freezes. When the greyhound walks on this type of surface, they can get cut easily when their weight causes them to fall through the coating of ice that’s formed over the snow. If they run, the cuts can even be bad enough to warrant stitches. Watch for these types of surfaces and keep greyhounds from running. Or better yet, leash walk your greyhound when these types of surfaces exist.

Ice/Snow Melting Products – If you don’t have a fenced in yard and you leash walk your greyhound, you already know that they can step in a lot of stuff outside, from salt to sleet and snow to mud. There is not much you can do except to avoid areas where there is a lot of salt. If you use salt to melt your own driveways and sidewalks, check to make sure that you are buying products that are safe for dogs. Once you bring your greyhound inside, take the extra time to clean and dry off paws. At that time look for cuts or abrasions and treat them.

Check fences and gates – More greyhounds are lost in winter than any other season because it’s so easy for them to lose their sense and perspective during a snowstorm if they get loose. Check gates more often to make sure the wind hasn’t blown them open; it is a good idea to walk your fence line to check for openings or areas where sections could be blown down. Losing a greyhound in the dead of winter is a recipe for disaster.

Be cautious when outside in the dark – Since there are fewer daylight hours in the dead of winter, many people have no choice than to be out with their greyhound in the dark of the morning or at night. Keep your hound closer than usual and make sure all leashes are in good condition and collars are properly adjusted. Be careful when crossing streets and alleys that your greyhound is close to your side and easier to see. Use reflective gear so both you and your hound are easier to spot.

We hope that all of our adopted hounds stay safe and warm!

Article courtesy of Greyhound Ranch Adoptions.  SnowHound image Courtesy TC7.  

Greyhound Racing News


Latest news... for many of you that haven’t heard, after 101 years of Greyhound racing, it was voted on Nov. 6, 2018, Amendment 13, to ban Greyhound racing in Florida. This ban goes into effect at the end of 2020, meaning thousands of retired racers will need homes!

As these former athletes slowly become available, we must be ready to welcome as many as we possibly can. With the fast rising costs in veterinarian fees; dog haulingfees, gasoline, basic everyday kennel costs, and the price of getting theseGreyhounds also rises. Yes! Believe it or not, they do not come to us for free!

We are committed to continue our mission of finding forever homes for theseamazing athletes, and with the help of our strong ‘Paws on the Mountain’ family, wecan fulfill our commitment.

For those of you looking to adopt another Greyhound, we ask for your patience, and understanding. With over 100 Greyhound adoption groups helping the cause, therewill be a lull until the 7 remaining Florida race tracks officially close down.Currently, 7 of the 11 tracks will close prior to the 2020 deadline and dogs will begin to flood our kennel at a faster pace as ever before.

Not only donations; foster homes will be needed so these incoming Greyhounds will get love and guidance until they find their couch. Fundraisers for those of youwilling to help us raise money, anything to help, we are forever grateful!

We can never express enough our appreciation and gratitude for your many yearsof love, commitment, and support for this most noble breed.


John & Denise Davis
Paws on the Mountain – Greyhound Adoption

(Greyhound Rescue, Inc.)

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Dress up the Two and Four-legged Kids of all ages, and hang out around the fire pit with fellow dog lovers and their canine companions of All Breeds.  Friendly Dogs and their people will have a PAWsome time at these FUR-rific Activities:  Canine Bobbing for Treats, Pup Patio Games (Trick AND Treat, Hide and go Treat), People Patio Games (Collar Toss, Candy-Cornhole) Raffles and Door Prizes, "Grey" Elephant rummage table, Greyhound Meet-n-Greet, Off-leash Area for the pups to play, Vendors, and More!

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Summertime Heat

Summertime Heat
Heat will kill your dog. If it’s been hot, please use common sense and good judgment when you take your dog out in the heat. Greyhounds, because of their lack of fat and hair, don’t have the insulation other dogs have to the heat.They need to be in a controlled temperature environment of 68 – 72 degrees. The following are some guidelines.

Water, water, water.