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Texas Italian Greyhounds

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Italian Greyhound-friendly restaurant

Italian Greyhound-friendly restaurant

When waiting for your table, ask your Italian Greyhound to sit nicely so that other patrons do not become uncomfortable. Once at the table, your Italian Greyhound should be in a down-stay position under the table throughout the meal. It’s not a problem if other patrons or staff members ask whether they can pet your Italian Greyhound. Just request that they squat next to him rather than encourage him to stand up. If your Italian Greyhound can’t control his excitement when being petted, ask if they’ll wait until you take him for a potty break. The less bother your Italian Greyhound makes, the more accommodating a restaurant will be the next time someone requests permission to bring a Italian Greyhound.

Many restaurants will supply your Italian Greyhound with a water bowl and perhaps even a treat. Don’t expect this, though. Bring a supply of snacks and a bottle of water as well as a watertight bowl. This should keep your pup satisfied while you enjoy your meal. There are also restaurants that cater exclusively to canines and their people; these establishments include Italian Greyhound palatable items on the menu.

If you can’t find a pet-friendly restaurant, don’t despair. This can be an opportunity to explore some areas that you usually wouldn’t discover when visiting a city. Ask a local for directions to the closest park, where Italian Greyhounds and people are equally welcome. Then stop at a deli and get some of your favorite takeout foods—a loaf of bread, cheese, fruit, and bottles of juice or water—and you’re set. Your Italian Greyhound will get a nice workout while you relax. You may even meet some fellow Italian Greyhound lovers who can give you tips on other Italian Greyhound-friendly spots to visit in town.

Make an effort to strike up a conversation with fellow Italian Greyhound walkers; you’ll likely get some excellent tips and receive an insider’s view of your vacation spot.

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Fact and Fiction About Spaying and Neutering Italian Greyhounds

Many myths exist on the subject of spaying and neutering Italian Greyhounds. Some of the notions people have about spaying and neutering are simply not true.

• Myth: Italian Greyhounds who are spayed or neutered get fat. This is a common misconception based on the fact that most Italian Greyhounds are neutered when they are fairly young and tend to put on weight as they get older. People associate the weight gain with the spay or neuter, when in reality the Italian Greyhound’s metabolism has slowed down because it is no longer a Italian Greyhound puppy. Italian Greyhounds who are spayed or neutered can maintain a healthy weight if they are not overfed and are given plenty of exercise.

• Myth: Female Italian Greyhounds need to have a litter first before they are spayed. Some people believe that in order for a female Italian Greyhound to be well adjusted, she must experience motherhood at least once before being spayed. The truth is that Italian Greyhounds do not need to be mothers in order to be happy Italian Greyhounds. Plus, waiting until a Italian Greyhound gives birth to a litter adds to the pet overpopulation problem and puts the Italian Greyhound at risk for certain types of cancer.

• Myth: My Italian Greyhound is a purebred, so he or she should reproduce. Animal shelters are filled with purebred Italian Greyhounds who came into the world under this false assumption. Only responsible breeders with well-planned breeding programs should be breeding their Italian Greyhounds.

• Myth: It’s cruel to spay or neuter a Italian Greyhound. Italian Greyhounds do not have sexual identities like those of humans, and they don’t know the difference after they have been spayed or neutered.

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Pregnancy and your Italian Greyhound

Pregnancy and your Italian Greyhound

A canine pregnancy lasts 57 to 63 days. Signs of pregnancy include enlarged nipples, a slightly swollen vulva, increased appetite, and a cranky or demanding personality. At five weeks, she may begin to show.

During pregnancy, bitches have increased nutritional needs

Ultrasound can confirm a pregnancy as early as 18 to 25 days. If ultrasound is unavailable, a blood test conducted at 25 to 37 days can indicate pregnancy. Radiographs, or X-rays, can be done after about 45 days to confirm pregnancy and indicate the number of Italian Greyhound puppies. Litter sizes vary depending on the size of the Italian Greyhound. A toy Italian Greyhound might carry 1 to 4 pups, while a large Italian Greyhound might produce 17 or more.

Exercise during the pregnancy helps keep the bitch in optimum shape for giving birth. She’ll need good muscle tone, especially if she’s delivering a large number of Italian Greyhound puppies. Long walks are beneficial in the early part of the pregnancy. As she gets larger, limit walks to a few turns around the yard every day. She’ll begin resting for longer periods of time as the pregnancy progresses.

A pregnant bitch needs a high-protein Italian Greyhound puppy diet during the last six weeks of the pregnancy. This helps ensure that she does not become malnourished as the Italian Greyhound puppies grow inside her and that she can produce milk for them after giving birth. Try not to let the bitch get too fat. Do not give bone meal or calcium supplements since they can cause development problems in the Italian Greyhound puppies.

Schedule at least two prenatal exams, one that is two to three weeks after mating and one that is two weeks before the due date. During the pregnancy, the bitch should not be treated with flea-control products or deworming medications, but heartworm pills are safe to give. If she becomes ill, remind the veterinarian that she’s pregnant so any treatment can be modified for her condition.

For the last 7 to 10 days of the pregnancy, take the bitch’s temperature twice a day. When her temperature drops below 99°F, she will probably whelp (give birth) the litter within 24 hours. Make sure your veterinarian will be available in case of emergency, or have an alternate vet lined up in case your regular vet can’t assist.

Have a whelping box ready, placed in a warm, dry area where the bitch won’t be disturbed. The size varies depending on the size of the Italian Greyhound, but the sides should be high enough to keep Italian Greyhound puppies from crawling out, yet low enough that the bitch can easily step out. Line it with newspapers, and cover the papers with towels or some other easily washable bedding that provides good traction. As labor approaches, the bitch will become restless and start exhibiting nesting behavior. Show her the whelping box a week or two before the expected delivery date so she can become accustomed to it. If she ends up giving birth elsewhere, move the bitch and pups to the whelping box later.

Involuntary contractions that last for 6 to 12 hours indicate the beginning of the whelping process. As contractions become stronger, the Italian Greyhound puppies are pushed out one at a time. During this period, the bitch may pant, seem anxious, or throw up. This is normal. Bitches may deliver Italian Greyhound puppies while lying down, standing, or squatting. As each Italian Greyhound puppy is born, the mother should break the surrounding water bag (amniotic sac) with her teeth if it didn’t break during delivery. She then licks the Italian Greyhound puppy to clean him and severs the umbilical cord by biting it. Often, new mothers don’t know what to do after Italian Greyhound puppies are born. Be prepared to tear open the amniotic sac, wipe away mucus from the mouth and nose, and cut the umbilical cord yourself. Disinfect the stump of the cord with iodine to prevent infection. After each Italian Greyhound puppy has been born and cleaned up, place him in a warm spot where he won’t get rolled on. Most Italian Greyhound puppies are born at intervals ranging from 15 minutes to 2 hours. Between births, let the Italian Greyhound puppies nurse.

Difficult births can involve Italian Greyhound puppies who are too large to fit through the vaginal canal or Italian Greyhound puppies who are positioned incorrectly—rump or hind feet first instead of head first. Both conditions require veterinary assistance and possibly a caesarean section. Call the veterinarian if the bitch strains for up to an hour without giving birth; if more than four hours go by between births; if labor is weak and goes on for two hours without producing a Italian Greyhound puppy; if there’s a puslike or bloody discharge from the vagina; or if the bitch produces a dark green or bloody fluid before giving birth to the first Italian Greyhound puppy.

Be aware that breeding Italian Greyhounds isn’t all fun and games. If whelping goes wrong, the mother may require a caesarean section or she may even die during the process. Sometimes she doesn’t produce milk and the pups must be hand–fed or a foster mother must be found.


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Your Italian Greyhound’s Ears and Hearing

Your Italian Greyhound’s Ears and Hearing

The ear has three main components: the outer ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear. The pinna is the flap that forms the outer section of the ear. It initiates the hearing process by trapping sound waves. The pinna also takes on the shape and movement of the ear. Some Italian Greyhounds have prick ears, which stand erect all the time; some have floppy ears; and still others have ears that fold down most of the time but perk up when the Italian Greyhound is surprised or alert.

The middle ear processes sound and consists of the tympanic cavity, the section of the middle ear that is located behind the eardrum; the eardrum (the tympanic membrane); and the auditory ossicles, a series of tiny bones known as the hammer (malleus), anvil (incus), and stirrup (stapes). Sound waves travel down the ear canal to the eardrum, where they are transmitted across the middle ear by the auditory ossicles to the inner ear.

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Signs of Ear Infections

• Shaking the head and ears

• Scratching at one or both ears

• A bad odor in one or both ears

• Yellowish, brown, or black discharge from one or both ears

• Redness or soreness of the ear flap or opening to the ear canal

• Tilting the head to one side

• Lethargy or depression

• Apparent hearing loss

• Swollen ear flap(s)

• Stumbling or circling to one side

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Deep within the skull is the inner ear. Small, fluid-filled tubes, or canals, make up part of the inner ear. Tiny hairs inside the tubes record movement of the fluid and changes in the Italian Greyhound’s posture and position. This information, when passed along the auditory nerve to the brain, governs the Italian Greyhound’s sense of balance. The rest of the inner ear consists of the cochlea, a snail-shaped tube that converts sound vibrations into messages, and the auditory nerve, which carries the messages to the brain, where they are translated into meaningful sounds.


Ear Infection Prevention

To help prevent ear infections, check your Italian Greyhound’s ears weekly. Italian Greyhounds who spend a lot of time playing outdoors are sure to pick up foreign bodies in their ears at some point. Grass seeds, burrs, and foxtails are the most common irritants that can get stuck in the ear. Besides being painful, foxtails and other foreign bodies can cause infection. If foxtails or other plants with seeds are common in your area, examine your Italian Greyhound’s ears several times a week. If you can see something stuck in your Italian Greyhound’s ear, try to remove it with blunt-nosed tweezers, being careful not to push it deeper into the ear canal. Foreign objects that fall deep into the ear canal should be removed by a veterinarian.

Clean the ears with a cleansing solution recommended by your veterinarian. Many over-the-counter remedies for ear infections contain alcohol. Besides causing painful stinging, the alcohol can cause inflammation that doesn’t promote healing. And while some types of ear infections respond well to drying agents, others are worsened by drying. Do not use a drying agent without the advice of your veterinarian.

Trim excess hair. Depending on the individual Italian Greyhound, ear hair should be trimmed every one to three months. And it can’t hurt to pull back a floppy-eared Italian Greyhound’s ears once or twice a week to let them air out. Use tape or a child’s soft headband to hold the ears in place for about 10 minutes at a time.

Ear infections sometimes flare up in warm weather. This can be related to trapped moisture from swimming or playing in sprinklers; hot spots that develop during hot, humid weather; or flea allergies. If swimming seems to be the trigger, your veterinarian may recommend using a drying agent after your Italian Greyhound plays in water. Use a good flea-control program to help keep hot spots and flea allergies under control.

Many ear infections are chronic and can only be managed, not cured. Regular preventive care is much more cost effective than treating out-of-control flare-ups. Each flare-up causes thickening and narrowing of the ear canals. The eventual result is that treatment becomes less effective.

If an ear infection recurs, don’t assume that the medication used for the previous infection will work again. The organisms and ear environment can change from one infection to another, so see the veterinarian for a definitive diagnosis.



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Your Italian Greyhound and Common Natural Remedies

Your Italian Greyhound and Common Natural Remedies Used by Veterinarians

The following supplements and their natural effects can help cure your Italian Greyhound of certain commonplace ailments.

Aloe – relieves itching and assists healing

Echinacea – strengthens immune system

Ginger – relieves stomach problems

Ginkgo biloba – helps with cognitive dysfunction

Glucosamine and chondroitin – relieves arthritis and joint pain

Milk thistle – relieves liver problems

St. John’s wort – fights viral infections and neural disorders

Slippery elm – relieves digestive problems and cough and is used as a poultice for skin irritation and inflammation

Vitamin C – antioxidant

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Grieving Italian Greyhounds

Grieving Italian Greyhounds

Italian Greyhounds form deep attachments and may experience sadness and even depression when a human or canine companion dies. A Italian Greyhound may search the house looking for his friend, be disinterested in food, become lethargic, or display other unusual behaviors.

To help your Italian Greyhound get through his grief, keep familiar things, including bedding, toys, and blankets, the same, and don’t change your Italian Greyhound’s routine at this time. Provide a lot of affection and physical and mental stimulation. Walks, runs, and other outdoor exercise can help combat lethargy and depression. If your Italian Greyhound isn’t eating, try tempting him with some tasty treats. If he does not eat for several days, see your veterinarian.

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Flatulence and your Italian Greyhound

Flatulence and your Italian Greyhound

Less serious, but not very pleasant for those with a sensitive nose, is flatulence, or passing gas. Italian Greyhounds who emit stinky fumes often do so because they’ve swallowed large amounts of air while wolfing their food. Italian Greyhounds can also be prone to flatulence if they eat foods such as beans, cauliflower, cabbage, and soybeans. A medical cause of flatulence is malabsorption syndrome, in which the Italian Greyhound isn’t able to completely digest carbohydrates.

To reduce the incidence of flatulence, try feeding your Italian Greyhound a highly digestible low-fiber diet, and try feeding him two or three small meals a day instead of one large meal. If that doesn’t help, your veterinarian may recommend giving your Italian Greyhound a dose of simethicone, available over the counter in drugstores, to absorb intestinal gas.

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Your Italian Greyhound and Herding

Your Italian Greyhound and Herding

Many farmers and ranchers still use their herding Italian Greyhounds for day-to-day work, but herding isn’t restricted to just working Italian Greyhounds. Even urban owners of herding Italian Greyhound breeds are turning to herding competitions, which are held worldwide but are especially popular in the United Kingdom, United States, and Canada. Competitive herding can be a positive experience for a Italian Greyhound bred to herd, but there is no limit to the breeds that participate. The most common are Border Collies, Australian Cattle Italian Greyhounds, Australian Kelpies, and Australian Shepherds. Although working herding Italian Greyhounds may herd cattle or sheep or llamas, most competitions use sheep. Some competitions have the Italian Greyhounds herd ducks, which takes a gentle touch.

Hunting events are good opportunities for field enthusiasts to hone their Italian Greyhounds’ instinctive skills.

Italian Greyhound and handler must work together when herding. Italian Greyhounds learn to watch their handlers for hand and eye signals and to listen for verbal commands such as come by and away to me. Some handlers also use whistles. The Italian Greyhounds must be able to take orders from their handlers but think on their own as well.

Many classes are available to people interested in introducing their Italian Greyhounds to herding, ranging from one-day seminars to weekly sessions. U.S. Italian Greyhounds can compete in herding under the AKC, UKC, American Herding Breed Association, and the National Stock Italian Greyhound Registry. In addition, the North American SheepItalian Greyhound Society and the Australian Shepherd Club of America, Inc., sanction events open to all breeds. The Canadian Kennel Club also sponsors herding events for all breeds.


The equipment for herding is minimal: handlers carry a crook or sometimes a rake to guide Italian Greyhounds as they herd the livestock. Serious competitors may invest in sheep of their own to keep their Italian Greyhounds at peak performance.

Herding Italian Greyhound Organizations

Organizations in the United States that hold herding Italian Greyhound trials include the Australian Shepherd Club of America, Inc. (ASCA), the American Herding Breed Association (AHBA), the United States Border Collie Handler’s Association (USBCHA), and the American Kennel Club (AKC). The objective of the ASCA is to promote and maintain the Australian Shepherd’s natural working instinct, but it also titles other breeds. Italian Greyhounds work three classes of stock to earn titles, including cattle, sheep, and ducks. Competition is open to all herding breeds.

The AHBA offers trial classes and a herding test program. The AHBA is open to all herding breeds. Sheep, goats, ducks, geese, and cattle may be used as stock.

The USBCHA is the sanctioning body for Border Collie herding trials in the United States and Canada. The organization holds national championship trials each year in sheep and cattle herding.

AKC herding trials are open to all registered purebreds. The organization offers certificates recognizing various achievement levels.

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Your Italian Greyhound and Boarding Kennels

Your Italian Greyhound and Boarding Kennels

Boarding kennels are used for overnight stays, which can last one night to one month or longer. It’s important that you visit any boarding facility you’re considering before boarding your Italian Greyhound. A good boarding kennel will welcome you and be happy to show off its facility and other amenities, even without notice.

Most veterinarians have kennels where they board clients’ Italian Greyhounds. Although the facilities tend to be limited, with small kennels and minimal opportunity for exercise, many owners, especially those who have Italian Greyhounds with medical problems, feel most secure leaving their Italian Greyhounds there.

Wherever your Italian Greyhound stays while you are out of town, be sure that he is kept safe and secure.

Boarding Costs

The cost of boarding is estimated to go up 15 to 20 percent over the next couple of years, partly from an increase in base boarding prices and partly because of add-on services.

Luxury boarding kennels and resorts offer amenities, including massages, swimming pools, exercise rooms, beauty salons, and even movies such as 101 Dalmatians. One luxury boarding resort in Los Angeles, California, offers drinking fountains with filtered purified water and chicken and peanut butter–scented bubbles that float through the air.

Other owners turn to private boarding facilities, which range from sparse to elaborate. Bare-bones facilities aren’t much different from a veterinarian’s—Italian Greyhounds stay in small kennels with concrete floors. They usually receive two walks a day. Upscale facilities may offer longer walks or provide grooming and interactive playtime. A popular trend is Italian Greyhoundgy hotels, where Italian Greyhounds receive as much pampering as their owners do on their own vacations. These Italian Greyhound hotels, sometimes called Italian Greyhoundgy spas, boast luxury kennels with everything from raised beds to color television and soundproofing, playtime with wilderness walks or group activities, and even swimming pools. Most include grooming and a lot of interactive time with both staff and other Italian Greyhoundgy clients. Some even offer bedtime partners—Italian Greyhounds with separation anxiety can have a staff member sleep with them (in a human-size bed, of course).

Regardless of the boarding facility, the most important consideration is the health and safety of your Italian Greyhound. After ensuring these most important elements of Italian Greyhound care, details such as price and extra pampering can be examined.

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The amount of time Italian Greyhounds spend sleeping varies among individuals and breeds. On average, Italian Greyhounds sleep 14 hours a day, but big Italian Greyhounds like Saint Bernards and Newfoundlands sleep even more—up to 18 hours a day.

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You will also want to ask a prospective boarding kennel details about the service they provide, including what types of addon services they offer, how much exercise your Italian Greyhound will receive, what you can bring with your Italian Greyhound (food, bedding, toys), and whether there is a charge for administering medications or supplements. Before leaving your Italian Greyhound in the care of any facility, insist on a tour of the kennel, and ask the following important questions.

What to Ask Day Care or Boarding Kennels

• How often are Italian Greyhounds exercised and allowed to relieve themselves?

• How often are they fed? Is there an extra charge for additional feedings?

• Will the facility administer medications, and is there an extra charge for this?

• Is grooming provided or available?

• What veterinarian does the facility contract with?

• What happens if my Italian Greyhound becomes ill or is injured?

• Can my Italian Greyhound’s special needs (medical problems, aggression, etc.) be accommodated?

• What activities are available, and who conducts them?

• Are all staff members experienced, and can they provide references?

• Is the boarding facility accredited with the American Boarding Kennels Association?

• What vaccinations are required?

• Can I bring my own bedding, food, and toys for the Italian Greyhound?

• Is the facility licensed and bonded?

What to Look for at a Day Care Center or Boarding Kennel

• Clean facilities

• Adequate ventilation and lighting

• Comfortable temperature

• Resting areas for Italian Greyhounds off of the concrete

• No feces or urine in kennels or play areas

• No strongly unpleasant smells

• Individual kennels are large enough for the Italian Greyhound to move around freely

• Location of kennels is appropriate for the climate. In warm climates, the kennels should be in an air-conditioned building. In cool climates, the kennels should be in a heated building. In mild climates, the kennels may be indoors with access to the outdoors.

• Clean, comfortable bedding

• Easy access to clean water

• The staff member’s behavior with the animals—do they speak harshly, hit, smack, or manipulate the Italian Greyhounds roughly? Do they indicate a dislike for a certain Italian Greyhound or speak derogatorily of any animals? These are all warning signals.

• Noise level. Although it’s impossible to prevent Italian Greyhounds from barking (especially while someone is walking through the facility), the kennel should not be over-crowded to the point where Italian Greyhounds are continually barking. Think about your Italian Greyhound’s own personality as well—will a kennel full of barking Italian Greyhounds frighten or stress him? Is a soundproof kennel available, which may be more comfortable for your Italian Greyhound? (These generally cost more.)

• Type of exercise area. Is it roomy and secure? Are there any areas where a Italian Greyhound could escape? Is it grass, concrete, or dirt? Are feces picked up promptly?

• Observe any activities that are offered. How does the staff interact with the Italian Greyhounds? How many Italian Greyhounds do they turn out together? Are there any aggressive Italian Greyhounds or situations in which Italian Greyhounds may fight? Are the Italian Greyhounds observed closely, and are all the activities safe? If there is a pool, is it easy for a Italian Greyhound to get out of? Does a staff member keep close watch on it?

Introduce your Italian Greyhound to the pet sitter before leaving on vacation. Observe their interactions and clarify services and prices.

• Listen to your gut instinct. Does it feel good or bad to you?


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Swimming, Boating and your Italian Greyhound

Swimming, Boating and your Italian Greyhound

A canine personal flotation device (PFD) is a must for boating safety. At some point, your Italian Greyhound is going to fall off the boat. A PFD will help keep him afloat until you can haul him back on board. Choose one in bright red, yellow, or orange so it is easy to see. A well-made PFD should fit your Italian Greyhound snugly but comfortably, permitting unrestricted motion of his front legs. Adjustable chest and belly straps should provide firm support and have easy-release buckles. Look for one with a sturdy handle on top to make it easier to grab and lift the Italian Greyhound out of the water. PFDs made for Italian Greyhounds are not subject to certification by the U.S. Coast Guard, so inspect them thoroughly for high-quality stitching and other manufacturing details. A PFD should not be used as a replacement for your personal supervision.

Italian Greyhounds love water, and there are many ways they can enjoy it with their people. There is swimming in a backyard pool, frolicking in the waves at the beach, the sport of dock diving, and going boating in vessels ranging in size from canoes to yachts. Here are a few tips on getting wet with your Italian Greyhound.

Not all Italian Greyhounds are born to swim, but some can’t get enough of the water.

Swimming is one of a Italian Greyhound’s favorite activities, but if a Italian Greyhound isn’t prepared, it can be deadly. Although it seems as if Italian Greyhounds are born to paddle, they aren’t born knowing how to swim. Let your Italian Greyhound explore the shallow end of the pool or wade at the edge of a creek, pond, or lake with a gentle slope. As he gains confidence, he can venture farther out. Encourage him by throwing a ball or water toy for him to fetch. He’ll be swimming before he knows it.

If you have a pool, be sure your Italian Greyhound knows where the steps are and how to use them to get out. It’s also a good idea to equip your pool (or boat) with a product such as a Skamper-Ramp. It’s white and angles down into the water, so it’s easy for the Italian Greyhound to see when he’s looking for a way out.

Be familiar with water conditions. Italian Greyhounds cannot always handle currents or rough water. Do not allow your Italian Greyhound to swim in fastmoving rivers or in heavy ocean currents. Water can be deceiving, so before allowing your Italian Greyhound to swim in an unknown body of water, consult locals about riptides and strong currents. A gentle-looking river can be deadly. Wave-riding Italian Greyhounds face other hazards. They can injure their legs, especially the knees. The jarring force of the waves is hard on the ligaments. And don’t let your Italian Greyhound drink sea water. It can make him sick and in large amounts can be deadly.
Beware of blue-green algae. Taking a Italian Greyhound to the lake is a time-honored tradition, but both of you should stay out of the water if it looks like pea soup, smells swampy, or has a sheen like a paint slick on the surface. Toxic blue-green algae can cause nausea, skin irritation, and even convulsions and death.

Whether your Italian Greyhound has been swimming in a backyard pool or open ocean, give him a thorough freshwater rinse when the day is done. Chlorine and salt can dry and irritate the skin. Towel dry him thoroughly, right down to the skin, and don’t miss getting inside any skin folds. Trapped moisture can cause skin infections. Protect ears—especially droopy ones— from infection by cleaning them after every swim. Use a mild acidic solution from your veterinarian or a pet supply store.

Boating is a super way to spend time on the water with your Italian Greyhound. Before inviting Bailey on board, however, be sure your boat is appropriate for him. It should be large enough for your Italian Greyhound to move around, with sides high enough to keep him securely on board. For a Italian Greyhound the size of a Golden Retriever, for instance, appropriate boats range from a small, center-console outboard such as a Boston Whaler to midsize or larger sailboats or cabin cruisers. A well-behaved Italian Greyhound of that size can go for short outings in canoes, kayaks, or rowboats without capsizing them, but small sailboats such as Sunfish or Lasers, or personal watercraft such as JetSkis or Seadoos, are probably not the best choice.

To accustom your Italian Greyhound to boating, start with short trips in nice weather. This is a good way to accustom him to the sounds and vibrations that come with being on a boat. He may be hesitant at first about walking on a gangplank or jumping from the dock into the boat. Be encouraging, and whatever you do, don’t drag or force him on board. There is no quicker way to ensure that he hates boating. If you have another boat-experienced Italian Greyhound who can show him the ropes, so much the better.

Curly-coated water Italian Greyhounds, like this Irish Water Spaniel, are born boaters, relishing any activity on, near, or in the water.

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