Anna Olson

Anna has a passion for keeping pets healthy and happy. She grew up with a Great Pyrenees as a family dog. Currently and currently has an orange tabby. She worked at a dog grooming and bathing salon where she learnt more about canine behavior and bathing. She lives in Wisconsin, in the United States. When she is not writing, she helps her partner run their small business, knitting, and enjoying local parks.

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Dachshund Health: 5 Ways To Improve Your Dog’s Life

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Anna Olson
Apr 13 ·

Like all breeds, dachshunds have genetic tendencies towards certain health issues. Their unique shape, formed through centuries of selective breeding, causes unique problems for them. Luckily, we have a list of five dachshund health tips to help you keep your dog happy.

Focusing On Your Dachshund’s Health

Don’t skip your dachshund’s regular vet visits or vaccinations. You should be updating your vet with any changes in your dog’s health and behavior. Keeping an eye out for specific symptoms of dachshund conditions will help you get information on treatment earlier. Below are five dachshund health tips to help you keep your dog in their best shape.

1. Brush Their Teeth

Like many small dog breeds, dachshunds have small jaws. This crowds their teeth together, leading to dental problems. Brush their teeth every day with a specially-made dog toothbrush and toothpaste. Do not use human toothpaste for your dog.

Dachshund Health

2. Keep Them At A Healthy Weight

Dachshunds are not only badly affected by obesity, they are one of the breeds most likely to become overweight. Obesity in a dachshund will make other health issues with their joints, hearts, and backs even worse. Prevent obesity by balancing their food intake with their activity level and age. Make sure your dog gets at least half an hour of exercise a day.

Dachshund Health

3. Look For Allergy Symptoms

As a breed, dachshunds are prone to food allergies. Allergy triggers may affect their skin as well as their digestion. Since their stomachs are so low to the ground, they also easily get stomach cramps or pain during exercise in wet weather. Look for allergy symptoms and chat with your vet about the best diet for your dachshund.

4. Prevent Bloat

Though bloat, or gastric torsion, is a condition usually associated with large dog breeds, it can affect dachshunds, too. Bloat can easily be fatal if left untreated. Split your dachshund’s food over multiple small meals every day. Wait about an hour after they’ve finished eating before exercise.

5. Check Their Eyes

As a breed, dachshunds are prone to a few degenerative eye issues. As your dachshund ages, look for the symptoms of cataracts, glaucoma, and progressive retinal atrophy. Some eye conditions can be treated with surgery. Others have no treatment and may lead to partial or complete blindness.

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Anna Olson

Anna has a passion for keeping pets healthy and happy. She grew up with a Great Pyrenees as a family dog. Currently and currently has an orange tabby. She worked at a dog grooming and bathing salon where she learnt more about canine behavior and bathing. She lives in Wisconsin, in the United States. When she is not writing, she helps her partner run their small business, knitting, and enjoying local parks.

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