daschund diet

The popular image of the Dachshund is of a sausage on legs, but that notion is as far from the truth. This smallest of the hounds is meant to be robustly muscular, agile and tireless. To maintain that sturdy body and alert spirit, the Dachshund needs an owner who will provide it with a high-quality diet, give it plenty of exercise and prevent it from overeating.

When it comes to Dachshund nutrition, it is important to remember that the breed comes in two sizes and three coat varieties, so there are a total of six Dachshund types. Each type has its own unique dietary needs. Supplements in particular vary according to coat type.

The proper foundation for all Dachshunds, however, is a good food that provides just the right mix of protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals. Each dog is an individual, so you may need to experiment until you find a diet that suits your Dachshund perfectly.

We have found that our Dachshunds do particularly well on Montego for small breeds with generous additions of vegetables and fruit. Velcote available at most horse feed stores is excellent for keeping longhaired coats in condition and 2,5ml can be added to one meal a day.

When you bring home your new puppy it is usually best to stick to the food it has been used to for the first few days. If you want to change to a different brand, do so slowly mixing gradually more and more of the new food in until after a week or so you have changed over completely.

As a breed, Dachshunds tend to have problems with their teeth, and one purported advantage of dry food is that it has an abrasive action as the dog chews, helping to minimize the buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth. However, whether or not your Dachshund eats dry food, regular dental care is still essential. The best ways to help prevent Dachshunds from developing dental problems are to encourage them to chew on appropriate items, brush their teeth daily and schedule veterinary cleanings as needed. Zymaflour tablets available from pharmacies can be given to puppies from the age of 8 weeks through to 36 weeks to help prevent tooth decay in later years. One tablet a day is sufficient.