There are a range of adverse weather conditions that can impact on a greyhound’s health and wellbeing. In most cases we think of hot weather over summer that can lead to heat stress or even heat stroke. However, cold weather during the winter months also requires attention to prevent a loss of condition and poor health. Other weather events can also impact on greyhounds at any time of the year. Fire, storms and floods are all events that can happen quickly and it is important to have a plan to respond to these.
GRV has a number of resources for managing greyhounds in adverse weather:
Managing Greyhounds and Fire
When Spring arrives, it is time to think about the coming Summer. This section has some useful tips on preparing for fire season.
Greyhounds and Cold Weather
Greyhounds have relatively thin skin and when in racing condition, very little body fat. This is great for helping them cool down after a run, but it also means that they are susceptible to cold weather. The need to maintain their vital organs at a fairly constant temperature means their body has to burn energy during the winter to keep warm. It is vital to keep greyhounds warm during cold weather to ensure they do not begin to loose weight and fitness. This section provides useful information on looking after your greyhound in colder weather.
Greyhounds and Storms
Some greyhounds suffer from fear of loud noises. Fear of loud noises can be triggered by storms and can have significant racing implications. This section provides you with information about managing greyhounds during thunderstorm events. Click here.