New arrivals from the racetrack are often underweight. After arriving at GAC these dogs can eat four to five cups of food twice a day! As they gain weight and their health improves, they need less food. We suggest adopters feed a newly adopted female three to four cups twice daily with four to five cups for a male dog. Make adjustments as the dog cuts back on the food it needs. If your unsure how much to feed your newly adopted greyhound your placement rep can provide advice on how much food is appropriate.
There is no perfect food for greyhounds, but GAC has found a combination of Iams Chunks (green bag) and Nutro Max is a good choice paired with a third of quality wet (canned) food. Many of the less expensive grocery-store dog foods are nutritionally inferior for greyhounds and cause greyhound flatulence. Best to use premium-grade dog food available at pet stores. If you shop at the grocery store, GAC recommends a higher-end brand such as Iams or Purina Pro-Plan. Picky eaters can be tempted by adding cottage cheese or scrambled eggs to the food bowl.
Our veterinarian consultants believe greyhounds do better when they are not fed lamb and rice dog food. Don’t be swayed by well-meaning friends or warehouse sales. Stick with what has worked for GAC greyhounds these many years.