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Jester
Posted: Jul 25, 2005 at 7:58 AM - Jester's 12th post Copy Link
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I just have to get this off my chest. WHY don't racing kennels give their dogs bones?? Most butcher shops will provide cast-off marrow bones for a reduced price and they last FOREVER.

Why is this a pet-peeve, you ask?? I just took in an exceptional 6 yr old female greyhound from Seabrook. She was actively racing A/B races up until two weeks ago when I found a home for her and the kennel was gracious enough to retire her on the spot. Her teeth are ATROCIOUS!!!!! She will need at least 5 teeth, and maybe up to 20 after x-rays, removed because of her soft-food diet. Her dental disease is so advanced, we are doing a full blood panel on her before her dental to make sure her kidneys are functioning!

You can smell this poor dear's mouth from 4 feet away. She can't possibly feel well. Imagine what a racer she would have been with a healthy mouth!

How do we get this fixed?? In my mind, allowing a dog's mouth to get in this condition is certainly neglect!

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FullHouseRacing
Posted: Jul 25, 2005 at 9:58 AM - FullHouseRacing's 17th post Copy Link
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Dee-

The actual answer is that many racing kennels do in fact bone thier dogs. I know that we have always boned ours a few times a year to help keep teeth clean and as a treat, as they love the marrow. We purchase our bones from our local greyhound meat supplier (Dresslers Dog Supplies) adn they come frozen in a few boxes. We dump them out in the washout area and thaw them with warm water, then give each dog one until we have gone around a couple times, some have 2, some have 3 usually depending on thier teeth. If a dog needs it more, he may get 1 on the extra bones, as well as the top grade racers just because of the fact that they are paying for them technically.

The reason you are getting dogs that haven't been boned or had thier teeth picked is because they are coming from a track that doesn't pay as well. The money is put back in on food and other necessary items in the kennel, and since there is less money to be made, there is less left over to do things like bone them. I know you would like them to go to the butcher and get them for free, but to be honest I would be willing to bet many of the kennel workers that are up there are working somewhere between 80-120 hours per week, and finding a butcher willing to supply 60-80 bones without taking up a large amount of time is difficult. I can't speak for certainty on the subject, since I have never been to Seabrook but that is my best guess. I can only tell you from my experience and that is that many kennels do bone thier dogs. I wish all kennels did, but I can only take care of our kids, and I know we do several times a year. Hope this helps, and if you have any more questions at all, please feel free to post again!

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Cory Owens
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Aushegun
Posted: Jul 26, 2005 at 9:48 PM - Aushegun's 10th post Copy Link
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EXPENSE is the #1 reason why the smaller tracks don't bone the dogs, or do it infrequently.


Also, I know many trainer that feel that boning the greys takes so much out of them (they stay up all night "fighting" thru the crate wire trying to protect their bones, that they feel the dogs just run too poorly for 3-4 days after boning.

Last but not least, Boning can be dangerous, if the grey cracks a bone open, and gets slivers of bone in its throat.


But when it is all said an done, I know of MANY kennels that do in fact bone the greyhounds.

BUt the fact is, that boning a greyhound does really NOTHING to improve his racing performance, when if that money was spent on food/vitamins/meds/wormers for the greys, you will see a better ROI.

With many, many kennels struggling to make ends meet. How "pretty" a greyhound's teeth look, are the least of their concerns.


"I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult." - Rita Rudner

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Broodmama
Posted: Jul 27, 2005 at 10:48 PM - Broodmama's 113th post Copy Link
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Sadly, some studs and broods don't receive bones either. Teeth cleaning is not important for looks only. However, adoption groups and adopters frequently pick up the tab once greyhounds retire.


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