Tips and Tricks to Keeping Your Dachshund in Shape
Dachshunds were originally bred for hunting, chasing, and digging out prey. This is a very active job in which the dogs were built to be small, lean, and well-muscled.
As the need for working dogs has diminished over time, the breed remains quite popular to this day, however, the lack of a working job has led to an increase in obesity in the Dachshund.
Prone to spinal injuries, limiting activity is nothing new to Dachshund owners. Many will limit rough play, running, jumping, using stairs, and prolonged exercise to decrease the chance of intervertebral disk disease or injury that is all too common in this breed.
While spinal injury is a real risk, so is obesity, which can actually lead to and further complicate a spinal injury. It is important to keep your Dachshund in tip-top shape to avoid back and joint injuries as well as other medical conditions such as diabetes.
Here are some tips and tricks to keep your pup fit.
Diet is important to make sure you’re feeding your dog the appropriate number of calories. Your veterinarian is a great place to start in checking your dog’s weight and calculating the right number of calories they should be eating each day.
Measure the dog food with an accurate measuring cup to know exactly how much they’re eating. Another good place to get a rough guideline for how much they should be eating is the back (or side) of the dog food bag. Listed here are the feeding guidelines which tells you how many cups of food your dog needs for their weight. Make sure you use their ideal weight and not their current weight if they are obese.
Exercise As mentioned above, you should be especially careful not to let your Dachshund jump on and off furniture, decks, or steps. This is the most common way they can injure their backs, especially if they’re overweight and working on losing a few pounds, supplying a Dog Ramp to help your Dachshund reach higher areas is a good idea to prevent these issues.
You should still encourage an active lifestyle by taking your pup for long walks, playing fetch, and playing with other dogs while supervised (just make sure it doesn’t get too “ruff”).
Limit treats, everybody and their dog loves treats and snacks! Just make sure you’re limiting these as they can add up to extra pounds quickly.
If you give your pup more than a few treats a day, you will likely need to decrease the amount of food you’re feeding them. Some healthy treat alternatives include green beans, carrots, apple slices, a spoonful of plain yogurt, or a spoonful of organic canned pumpkin.
Regular vet visits
Regular visits to your veterinarian are always important. Physical exams yearly are recommended even if your dog is healthy. This is a good way to track your dog’s weight, screen for potential issues, and communicate with your vet about your dog’s diet and lifestyle.
Your vet will have great tips and tricks for a more personalized approach to keeping your dog trim. A fit and healthy dog is a happy dog and will make you a happy owner!