It's very common to see Greyhounds with shiny skin on the back of their thighs, and little or no hair growing there - bald thighs. The exact cause of this is unknown, and it is considered to be largely a cosmetic "problem" perhaps in the same category as pattern baldness in people. It is NOT linked to hypothyroidism and your Greyhound should not be supplemented with thyroid medicine on the basis of their hairless thighs alone.
As an aside, many Greyhound gatherings have "Shiney Hiney" or "Bald Butt" contests! If your Greyhound can't seem to grow hair back there, you may win a blue ribbon!
Another "Greyhound thing" is the incidence of comedones or black heads found on their lower chest. Again, this is usually a cosmetic concern more than a real medical problem, but it can be very unsightly.
Milder cases may resolve spontaneously once the Greyhound is adopted into a home.
The affected area can also be gently rubbed with non-prescription witch hazel or with raw virgin coconut oil. Repeat every day or two until the area clears.
More stubborn and advanced cases of comedones can be treated with a benzoyl peroxide gel or a deep cleaning medicated shampoo like Sulfoxydex, both available through your veterinarian.
Also, Renova (a human prescription cream) can be applied nightly to the chest for 3-4 weeks. In a few cases, these areas can become infected and will require antibiotics.
One of the admirable features of our Greyhounds is their long delicate tail. Another is their happy disposition and joyful wagging when they're happy. Unfortunately, when you put the two things together, you can have a minor disaster in just a few minutes. It's called "happy tail".
The skin on greyhounds is thinner than other dog breeds and is more prone to tears and cuts. When they wag their tail very hard against something hard (a wall, door, cabinet), they can easily break the skin and begin to bleed. Even a small wound can bleed enough to make your home look like a crime scene!
If that happens, you'll have two problems: treat the tail and clean up your house. Neither one is a small matter.
TREAT THE TAIL
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TREAT THE HOUSE
There are several good cleaners that will remove blood. Always test on delicate fabrics first. One of the best I've found is hydrogen peroxide and most of us have it at home already.
Once this has happened to you, you'll never let your hound wag against anything hard again. If this hasn't happened to you yet, please take every precaution to keep that long delicate tail from hitting hard surfaces. It's really hard to imagine how bad a happy tail incident can be.
This page last updated 10/02/2011