The first thing a happy dachshund owner will tell you about their eating habits is that they will eat absolutely anything. Whatever and however much you decide to put in front of them, they will put forth their best effort to eat every last bite. So it goes without saying that the dachshund is not a breed that can be relied upon to regulate their own diet.
Furthermore, the dachshund’s susceptibility for back problems later in life makes monitoring its food intake especially important for any responsible owner. Without the proper care and attention, it’s quite easy for a dachshund to become overweight quickly. In addition to spine and back issues, overweight dachshunds experience energy loss and have a very difficult time getting around.
Many pet nutritionists note that, as adults, dachshunds generally require less fat and protein than the average dog. A 50/50 split between meat and veggies is ideal, and high amounts of grain should be avoided. When deciding between dry and wet food, remember that dry food tends to be easier on the dachshund’s digestive system, and have an added bonus of reducing plaque and tarter on the dog’s teeth.
At Patti’s Dachshund Farm, dogs are fed with Eukaneba Dachshund, which is highly recommended. Specially formulated for the breed, this food contains glucosamine and chondroitin to strengthen the back and joints. There are definitely other quality brands out there, however. Just try to avoid brands that are high in fat and sodium, or contain high amounts of preservatives, artificial flavors, or animal byproducts.
Be sure to read the labels of food you’re considering buying. There are warning signs, such as bags labeled, “This product is intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only.” Just because your dachshund seems to enjoy it doesn’t mean it’s good for their health to be eaten on a regular basis.
When it comes to the amount of food to serve, it depends on what food you buy, as well as the type and size of your dachshund. Usually, somewhere between 1 and 2 cups will suffice. It’s important to keep a constant eye on the weight of your dog, and scale back servings when they seem to be packing on pounds. Also, if you’re dachshund doesn’t eat what you serve, remember to take the food away to prevent bad habits from forming.
As with any health-related issue, talk your dachshund’s diet over with your vet. After all, every puppy has slightly different nutritional needs. If you’re interested in dachshunds for sale in Alabama, contact Patti’s Dachshund Farm today.