As pet owners, we always want to be sure that our dogs and cats are happy and healthy.
Part of keeping our dachshund’s in shape is ensuring that they are at the proper weight.
Plus, i you are a Dachshund owner, then this is of particular importance. Take heed of these expert tips.
What is a Healthy Weight?
First things first, how do you determine if your Dachshund is the proper weight?
Ideally, the typical weight of a miniature Dachshund is 11 pounds or less while the weight of your standard Dachshund is around 16 to 32 pounds. Of course, it is also important to factor in their length and body height. Their bodies should be lean and muscular with a visible chest bone and dimples on either side. Not seeing most of these signs may be reason to believe that your dog is under or overweight.
So what can you do?
Make Sure They Eat Enough
Dachshund dogs should eat up to four times per day. Moist food is best for puppies and kibble is acceptable after three months of age. The rule of thumb is to feed them one ounce of food for each pound of body weight.
What if Your Dog is Overweight?
If you believe that your dog is overweight, then it is important to take immediate precautions to ensure that his health is not affected. Make sure to establish a regular feeding routine and keep track of it so that you are not feeding them too much. You don’t want to just leave food out all day because that will just lead to overeating.
This goes for treats as well. We know that we want to make our pups feel special by giving them lots of treats but beware of going overboard.
Allow for Plenty of Exercise
Like humans, dogs can only lose weight if they exercise and that is why it is important to keep them active. Take your pet for annual walks and if you are a runner, take him on the trails with you. Often times a little extra cardio can do wonders for overweight dogs.
At Patti’s Dachshund Farm, we have gorgeous Dachshunds of all varieties, and they are very excited to find a home with you. We breed the best dogs so contact us today to learn how you can get yours.