February marks Greyhound Dental Health Awareness Month. This will be our second year setting aside a month to offer some helpful information on a greyhound's dental needs and what you can do to help them to maintain good dental hygiene.
Initiative To Promote Dental Health For Greyhounds
In 2022 Rásaíocht Con Éireann (RCÉ) / Greyhound Racing Ireland (GRI) announced the launch of new initiative called the Dental Assistance Scheme.
The scheme applies to work performed on the teeth of greyhounds entering the Irish Retired Greyhound Trusts (IRGT) greyhound rehoming programme, including those being retained as a pet by the owner. Under the scheme, up to €50 is being provided towards the costs of dental work undertaken in preparation for rehoming which can be, depending on the level of intervention needed, undertaken at or around the same time as neutering.
RCÉ recognises the importance of maintaining good dental health from puppyhood right through to the retired greyhound on the couch,” stated William Fitzgerald, RCÉ Veterinary Director.
“Poor dental hygiene in greyhounds can lead to a build-up of plaque, a painful mouth, poor performance on the track and a loss of appetite,” added Mr. Fitzgerald. “The purpose of Dental Awareness Month and the Dental Assistance Scheme is to reinforce the message for greyhound owners that it is important to develop lifelong habits for their dogs at an early stage.”
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We've produced a guide to help in assessing or grading a greyhound's dental health which forms part of our Code of Practice.
LEARN MORE ABOUT ASSESSING YOUR GREYHOUND'S DENTAL HEALTH
Dr Nora Schwitzer, a Vet & Vet Dentist, shares some really helpful tips on getting your greyhound used to toothbrushing. She shows how you can get your greyhound used to a toothbrush and build their comfort and familiarity with a toothbrush until they are happy for you to use it to brush their teeth.
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Dr Nora Schwitzer tells us all about the importance of maintaing good greyhound dental health.
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We are delighted to announce the roll-out of a new scheme, the Dental Assistance Scheme.
The Dental Assistance Scheme applies to work performed on the teeth of greyhounds entering the Irish Retired Greyhound Trusts (IRGT) greyhound rehoming programme.
Under the Assistance scheme the IRGT will contribute €50 towards the costs of dental work undertaken in preparation for rehoming. Depending on the level of intervention needed this work may be done at or around the same time as neutering. The Dental Assistance Scheme can be accessed as part of the IRGT neutering scheme.