Linda Arndt ~ Canine Nutritional Consultant

Feed Program for Greyhounds

Introduction to This Program

This feed program is used by many of the top breeders in large and giant breeds in the USA and overseas for the past 25 years with great success. Each component has an important job to do and deleting one of these components compromises the integrity of this program. Do NOT add your own raw meats, rice or calcium supplements and disrupt the balance of this program. I will provide raw options that are balanced in their calcium and phosphorus ratio and work well with kibble.Greyhounds, especially rescue greyhounds have special needs due to their sensitive digestion and those needs are addressed in this program. This information is not to be used in lieu of veterinarian advice, diagnoses or treatment.

This feed program is dedicated to my friend Liz Morken and her love of Greyhounds and Whippets and her involvement in Greyhound Rescue in Indiana.

Greyhound Feed Program Kit#26

To Order Supplement Kit #26 for Rescued Greyhounds/Sighthounds
(Call: 1- 765-287-8288)

This is a list of the components that help provide a quality diet for Greyhounds, especially those that have come from a rescue situation and are in need of supplements to bring their bodies up to a Wellness level and help keep them there. They often have very sensitive stomachs, dry skin and depleted resources so the supplement kit#26 is developed specifically for the needs of a rescue or dog with special needs.

1. Dog Food - Precise Plus Holisitic - kibble and canned - growth - seniors
2. Filling N The Wholes- Probiotic/Digestive enzymes/Immune/Heart
3. Ultra Oil - a balanced 3-6-9 omega
4. Nzymes - Natural anti-inflammatory and detoxify - "adds living enzymes"
5. Ox-E-Drops - help keep proper pH in the gut for dogs - anti-bloat
6. Liquid Joint Support - w/Glucosamine, HA, MSM - herbs
Options for Variety - canned meats - raw options - fruits and vegetable

Where To Order Products


1. DOG FOOD - I highly recommended one of the Precise PLUS Holistic foods.

2. Filling N The Wholes - a probiotic/digestive enzyme (6 beneficial bacteria for ultra sensitive digestion, Vit , Veggies, DMG and Colostrum for immune boosting, Carnitine for heart health, Collagen for joint support - the best all around vitamin/mineral supplement from whole foods that is easy on the digestion.

3. Ultra Oil -is a balanced Omega supplement containing all 3-6-9 Omegas and will not unbalance your dogs diet because they are in proper ratio.

3. NZYMES - dietary enzymes - in chewable Pet Treat or Granular (goes further)

4. OX-E-DROPS - antibacterial, antiviral, antifungus - keeps pH of the gut healthy

5. Glucosamine with HA - liquid joint support supplement (glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM and herbs) needed to keep those worn joints healthy.

6. FOR VARIETY ADD - fruits & veggies & Eagle Holistic canned meats For a safe, balanced raw option use Honest Kitchen dehydrated raw - info below.


We all know anesthesia and certain medicines are hard on the sensitive sighthound breeds. To keep your Greyhound's teeth clean and to avoid the anesthesia cleaning I recommend two products, Petzlife Spray or Petzlife Gel -which can be used in conjunction with Fizzy Plaque Attackers. Here is info for safe products for sensitive dogs.


Description of Supplements




See chart below at bottom of this information or click on link and printout for future reference. AMOUNT TO FEED CHART

2. Filling N The Wholes - is a unique whole food vitamin/mineral supplement to fill in the wholes in your pet's diet. So often seizures are due to missing nutrients in a diet, this product helps to replenish those support nutrients that might be missing. This product has probitoics/digestive enzymes, metabolic enzymes, omegas, heart, immune and joint support in it. Filling N The Wholes

3. Dietary Enzymes

Nzymes - is Dietary Enzyme, not digestive enzyme and it simply puts back the "living component" to a cooked, processed, stored dog food. As owners we must put dietary enzymes back into the diet, in order to maintain good antioxidant levels, detoxify the body and not deplete the body of this important enzyme. This can be done by the addition to your diet with a product called Nzymes, a chewable pet treat, or granular form which can be sprinkled on the food to replace what is lost. In other words, Nzymes provide the body with the right nutrients to allow the body to make the chemicals necessary to detoxify (clean out) the body and repair itself.

Nzymes helps with the following:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Natural anti-inflammatory ~ so you can avoid risky medicines like Rimadyl or Deramaxx
  • Arthritis
  • Orthopedic problems ~ HOD, OCO, Pano, Wobblers, Hip Dysplasia, ACL
  • Epilepsy and Seizures - due to vaccine reactions
  • Vaccine reaction prevention
  • Cleanses residual toxins from medicines, flea and parasite preparations.
  • Boosting the immune system
  • Reduces shedding
  • Itchy ears
  • Yeast infections
  • Bladder infections
  • Hotspots
  • Reduces healing time from injury, surgery (cropping/bloat/c-sections)
  • Reduces recovery time from anesthesia.

Nzymes are from sprouts (food) so they do not conflict with diet or any medications. I have used the Nzymes for 20 years for my animals and I take the human product and have seen remarkable changes our health.

Website to order :

4. Ultra Oil For Pets - Is one of the few actually balanced omega oils on the market that contains all the omegas - 3- 6 - 9. This can be added to your dogs diet without disrupting the omega ratio on the dog food itself.

5. Ox-E-Drops - always use diluted in water

Ox-E-Drops is clear a safe liquid that will kill pathogens: bacteria, fungus and virus. When feeding raw meat it is particularly important to use Ox-E-Drops to help prevent problems with the pathogens in raw foods. An added benefit is that Ox-E-Drops Drops does not kill the good bacteria of the gut and helps to encourage the growth of friendly bacteria. I believe Ox-E-Drops is very important component to a diet in the possible prevention of bloat and systemic fungus infections, toxic and leaky gut syndrome, because if it's ability to help keep the proper pH balance in the gut which is important in breeds that have a tendency to bloat.

Ox-E-Drops can be use diluted (1 cup of distilled water + 1 teaspoon of Oxy-Drops) for a solution to clean out ears, eyes, to spray on skin or use as a colonic. It is very beneficial in systemic yeast infections as well.

Dosage - 1 drop per 20 lbs of body weight. Use daily on food, mix with a little water and your canned Eagle meat and use as a gravy. During times of illness - double this dosage.

To order:

6. Joint Supplementation

My preference for any joint supplementation is that in a liquid form. There are two products I prefer Level 5000 and Glucosamine with HA. The Liquid Glucosamine with HA I feel works best for dogs such as Greyhounds, particularly rescues because of the wear and tear on the cartiledge and this is where the HA or Hyaluronic Acid is so beneficial. Now if you have a large number of Greyhounds, the Level 5000 does come in a gallon size in which case you are far better off to use this product from a financial standpoint.

Options: For Variety - Meats - Fruits - Vegetable

I use any holistic canned dog foods* for variety (beef, chicken, liver, lamb, duck, fish, puppy). I mix a couple of tablespoons of canned meat with tepid temperature water and make a gravy.

Then I top dress with one of the HONEST KITCHEN - an organic dehydrated raw meat /fruit/veggie mixe. I use about 10% of this in combination with my Eagle kibble.

*Do NOT use grocery store brand of canned food they are full of preservatives and 4D meats (dead, diseased dying and disabled) and they give the dogs stinky gas and are full of unhealthy fillers. NO homemade concoctions of meat/rice combinations that you make up at home, they are very unbalanced in their calcium and phosphorus levels and can cause growth problems.

The Honest Kitchen dehydrated raw dog food is what I use to provide a 10% raw component to my dogs Eagle kibble. It is balanced in calcium and phosphorus ratios which are very important in growing and elderly dogs!

I use the EMBARK OR THRIVE OR FORCE which has a raw organic turkey, fruits and veggies.

One- 4 lb bag will make up to 17 lbs of moist meat/fruits and veggies and if used to top dress your kibble you can see it goes a long way. The Honest Kitchen dog food and Eagle Pet Foods are endorsed by the Whole Dog Journal.

To order call 765-287-8288 ~ and to order online go to

Amounts I use of Honest Kitchen :

8-10- weeks - 1 Tablespoon each meal
11-16 weeks - 4-Tablespoons divided AM and PM meal
5 - 6 mo - 1/4 cup AM and PM
7 - 8 mo 1/4 - 1/3 cup l AM and PM meal
9 mo - Adults - 1/2 daily - 1 cup Divided AM and PM

IF you want to do your own fruits and veggies here are some suggestions

FRUITS &VEGETABLE: This is a list of recommended foods to use in moderation:

yogurt, buttermilk berries melons, apples, banana, tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, oranges, squash, sweet potato, green beans, zucchini - minced/diced/raw/cooked - they love frozen berries and melon balls!! Pulverized fresh veggies are best for digestion. NO raw onions, grapes or raisins, macadamia nuts.

Linda's Very Veggie Soup - 2 large cans of chicken or beef broth - (low sodium for heart or elderly dogs- or homemade). Add LOTS of veggies - carrots, green beans, wax beans, zucchini, squash, tomatoes, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and couple cloves of garlic. The idea is to use this as the filler so you want it to be hearty and filling.


SUPPLEMENTS: When introducing these supplements to your adult dog, add each thing 3 - 4 days apart and divide the recommended dosage between the AM and PM feeding to make sure they are used to it before you add the next thing.

I make gravy of tepid temp water and canned meat and add the Ox-E-Drops to this mixture. (1 drop per 20 lbs of weight).

Top dress with Honest Kitchen mixture (at least with one meal a day) or your own fruits and veggies.

WATER ON KIBBLE - 1/4 - 1/3 cup water + 2-3 tablespoons canned meat. You want the food moist but not floating and sloppy (this is for large/giant breeds, reduce amount for smaller breeds accordingly).

Do not microwave, soak or use hot or very warm water on your kibble. It will destroy the integrity of the friendly yogurt type cultures and the fragile vitamins/minerals and amino acids on the food.

Water On Food:
Commercial foods need to be fed with moisture so dogs don't over consume water after a meal, and so the kibble does not pull moisture from the dogs system in order to break down properly. Use
"tepid" temperature water never hot or warm and never soak your food as it breaks down and destroys nutrients. Mix up and feed immediately. I use approximately 1/4 -1/3 cup of water for adults per each meal Adjust accordingly for puppies. If they have loose stools, you may be using too much meat or water than necessary. Adjust that before you panic and think they are sick.

Drinking Water:
It is very important to
NEVER withhold water from your dog. This can lead to over consumption and bladder infections. Use common sense, do not let them drink excessively after exercise or dinner. Like a horse, let them cool down and then drink. I have found if I have water available in several places, they never overdo it since they know it is available to them when they need it. That way they drink less amounts of water, but more frequently.

Withholding water for fear of bloat is a myth. Stress is the cause and bloat/torsion is the response. It is much more complicated that simply saying water is the cause of bloat.

(See my article on Bloat and Torsion for details) (See On My Soapbox)


Nutritional Support For Special Needs
Vaccine Reactions:
To help prevent this problem in adults, make sure they are on
Vitamin C and Nzymes. I use the Nzymes Product to support the immune system, and prevent vaccine reactions.
Anesthethesia / Surgery:
This is important information about anesthetics and giant breeds. Print out for your vet. Also for any elective surgery, i.e., spay, neuter or emergency surgery such as bloat/torsion. I use Nzymes to detoxify and help with fast healing.
Heart Problems:
If you own a giant breed or one prone to heart problems it is recommended that you use the highest quality protein food and supplement with these components. These are nutritional substances from food sources and do not conflict with medications or each other and are good to use for heart disease. Supplements for Heart Disease.
2) Taurine and L- Carnitine - Two amino Acids are critical to strengthen the heart -
You can get these from the health food store. Make sure you select a very good brand so they are usable by the body.
Taurine 100 mg a day
L-Carnitine 100 - 200 mg a day
These dosages are taken from the newest textbook Small Animal Clinical Nutrition and would be increased if the dog had been diagnosed with actual cardiomyopathy.
3) Colostrum - this amazing product will regenerate and rejuvenate the immune function as well as heart muscle. It is highly recommended for dogs with cardio.
I order mine from


This is a recipe for a special mix I provide for kennels. You will note this makes up a 10 lb batch so it is recommended for situations of 4 or more large dogs. The majority of these products for this special mix can be found at under the Bulk Products for Breeders, catagory under pet supplements.

"The Great Dane Lady's Special Mix"

  • 4 lbs Probiotics/Digestive Enzymes*
  • 2 lbs MSM *
  • 1 – 22 oz Source (seaweed) trace minerals *
  • 4 lbs Nzymes Granular *
  • 1 – 1.5 lb Vitamin C ascorbic acid - get at the health food store
  • 1 - 2 lb – Barley Grass – veggies/fruit - get at the health food store

This is not an exacting science –but this does is fill in the gaps in your dogs diet regardless of what method of feeding. Dogs with really sensitive stomachs divide over both meals.


1-24 lbs - 1/4- 1/2 teaspoon
25 – 50lbs - 1 teaspoon (divide into 2 meals if a puppy)
51 – 90lbs - 1 1/2 teaspoons
91- 125 lbs - 2 teaspoons
126+ lbs - 3 teaspoons

* Purchase products here:


Section C - Support Information - Required Reading

Read this: Does My Vet Understand Nutrition?


There are several articles and photos of vaccine reactions at this website. You need to know how to prevent vaccine reactions, because vaccine reactions in some breeds will kill your dog in a slow agonizing death known as Immune Mediated Response, which is always misdiagnosed as HOD. So, here is info:

Special Alert - Antibiotic Reactions in Great Danes and Other Breeds.

Sulfonamide Antibiotics
Based on information gained from the National Bone Survey, I do not recommend using Sulfonamide* antibiotics to my puppy buyers because these drugs can cause serious side-effects like sloughing of skin and internal bleeding and HOD-like symptoms including;
fever, aching joints, swollen joints, lack of mobility, depression and anorexia. The following antibiotics are sulfonamides.

    • Ditrim
    • Primor
    • Tribrissin
    • Bactrim
    • TMZ
    • TMP/SDZ

Another commonly used, potentially troublesome antibiotics is Cephalexin (Keflex, Cefa-Tabs). This can also produces the same symptoms as HOD (fever,swollen/hot joints, immobility, anorexia) even in adult dogs. I will use Chephalexin, but with a watchful eye and if the dog starts acting lethargic and achy, we stop the antibiotic, since they are sensitive to it. Call the vet for an alternative antibiotic and make sure you are using a good Probiotic product to keep the digestive tract functioning properly.

I will not use Sulfonamides drugs on my dogs. A reaction can happen from 24 hours - 2 weeks of being on an antibiotic. If there is a reaction, my vet recommends Dexamethsone/Azium and discontinue use or antibiotic.

* Research references on Sulfonamides

Fleas - Heartworm

People ask me what I use for these problems. I use Interceptor as a heartworm preventative and for flea and tick problems I use a topical product- either Frontline Plus or Advantage, Advantix or Frontline products. I do rotate a different one each year. I feel a bit better about using them and because the dogs/cats and my self are also on Nzymes, which detoxifies the body. There are some natural shampoos and flea and tick aids at website that you can use as well.

Special Alert - Other Breeds:
For Collie/Sheltie/Aussie and Sighthound Owners (could effect some Great Danes)
For those people who own Collies, Shelties, Sighthounds, Aussies, Border Collies, any breeds with Collie background or mixed breeds with any of these dogs in them, it is critical that you know there are certain medications your dogs CAN'T take. Do not leave it up to your vet to know this..YOU must print this out and know it - it is a matter of life or death.
These dogs have a sensitivity to Ivermectin (Heartguard Heartworm medication. Only use Interceptor heart worm preventative. Other related drugs you can not use on these breeds or there will be neurological damage.
Other related drugs you can NOT use:
Metronidazole (which is used for diarrhea and giardia)

Ivermectin - Heart Guard
There are many different types of drugs that have been reported to cause problems in Collies, ranging from over-the-counter antidiarrheal agents like Imodium® to antiparasitic and chemotherapy agents. It is likely this list will grow to include more drugs as our research progresses.
Drugs that have been documented, or are strongly suspected to cause problems in dogs with the MDR1 mutation:
Ivermectin (antiparasitic agent)
Loperamide (Imodium®; over-the-counter antidiarrheal agent)
Doxorubicin (anticancer agent)
Vincristine (anticancer agent)
Vinblastine (anticancer agent)
Cyclosporin (immunosuppressive agent)
Digoxin (heart drug)
Acepromazine (tranquilizer)
Butorphanol (pain control)
Potential Problem Drugs
The following drugs may potentially cause problems when given to dogs that have the mutation. Biochemical studies have shown that this gene has the potential to act on over 50 different drugs.

Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology Laboratory
PO Box 2280
Pullman, WA 99165-2280
(Phone/FAX 509-335-3745)

Additional Support For The Adult Dog:
Go here for Spay and Neuter information
Go here for leaky bladder information
Go here for anal gland problems


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