Fostering is greyt.
Congratulations! We're excited for your family that you have decided to take one of our dogs into your family and teaching it how to be a house pet.
Bits & bobs
Here is some material things that you should have before you take your foster greyhound.
- Food & water bowl
- At least 2kg of large breed dry kibble (we reccomend a mid brand like Optimum or Advance)
- A quiet area for your dog
- Extra poo bags
- Shampoo & nail clippers
- Collar/harness, lead and muzzle
- Dog blanket - this goes with them to their forever home
- Dog bed - this stays with you
- Monthly flea and worming cover - please contact us if you do not receive a monthly supply. We usually issue it at our greyhounds walks.
- Medication, if required
Note: from May 2018 we will supply a bag of food that was kindly donated by PetStock Berrimah! Limited supply.
Responsibilities & expectations
As the greyhound is under your care we ask that:
- The greyhound should never be allowed to run unleashed except in a fully fenced, secure area.
- Contact us immediately if the greyhound is in any medical duress.
- Have a watchful adult around when there are children around the greyhound.
- Medication must be administered responsibly.
- Train the dog in a positive manner.
The vet works
Your foster greyhound will go need to the vet to get desexed, immunised and have teeth cleaned.
- Give your greyhound a bath.
- Your foster will need to be fasted the night before the appointment - so no food after 8pm, make sure there's water available.
- The vet might ask you to sign some paperwork, we have organised what should be done but if they ask if you'd like to sign for additional add-ons to the surgery just decline.
Your greyhound will be quite tender, so here's some things to remember:
- He/she might be quite woozy after the operations, so rest is important.
- Pain killers/antibiotics can be issued.
- Feed a small meal at normal meal time after the operation - about half, or a third of their normal meal size.
- Keep the greyhound clean, and dry.
- Check the sutures for infection, contact us immediately if you suspect infection.
- Light exercise like walking for the next two weeks. No jumping or running.
- In 10 days or so we'll organise a follow up appointment to get sutures removed, if required.
Articles for foster caring
Important contact details
Grant Veterinary Practices
Darwin - MyVet Service
2/5 Wulagi Place, Wulagi, 8927 3657
Palmerston - University Ave Vet Hospital
66 University Ave Durack, Palmerston, 8931 0455