Dental Health Awareness Month

In 2022, we're celebrated our first-ever Greyhound Dental Health Awareness Month. Thank you to everyone who took the time to visit our Roadshow events to learn more. Even though the month has ended, why not check out the information below for some helpful information on a greyhound's dental needs and what you can do to help them to maintain good dental hygiene. 

ANNOUNCING THE INAUGURAL DENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

New Initiatives Promote Dental Health For Greyhounds

Rásaíocht Con Éireann (RCÉ) / Greyhound Racing Ireland (GRI) has announced it is bringing a roadshow to all 14 greyhound stadia across Ireland during February as part of the inaugural Dental Awareness Month.


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The initiative, which highlights the importance of dental health at all stages of a greyhound’s life, coincides with the rollout of the Dental Assistance Scheme.

The newly announced 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.”

Representatives of Greyhound Racing Ireland are participating in Dental Awareness Month and will be visiting all greyhound tracks to highlight the importance of dental health in greyhounds, including racing dogs. 

Your Greyhound's Dental Health 

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

A Guide To Brushing Your Greyhounds Teeth

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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The Importance Of Good Dental Health In Your Dog

Dr Nora Schwitzer tells us all about the importance of maintaing good greyhound dental health.

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Dental Assistance Scheme

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.

READ MORE ABOUT THE DENTAL ASSISTANCE SCHEME