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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Healthy Dachshund Diet: 5 Tips For The Perfect Diet

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Anna Olson
Apr 13 ·

Finding the best, healthiest food for any dog can be a challenge. For a breed prone to food allergies and other health issues, like a dachshund, the choice can be even harder. We have compiled a list of five tips to help you find a healthy dachshund diet for your dog.

Finding The Best Dachshund Food

In general, you will want to look for a food made somewhere with high safety and quality standards. Depending on the health issues of your dachshund, you may want to consult with a veterinarian to get a specialty description food. Below are five healthy dachshund diet tips to help you get started right.

1. Look For Glucosamine

Since they have such a unique body shape, dachshunds are often prone to joint and spinal issues. Taking steps like carrying them properly, and discouraging them from jumping down from high places, can help with these issues. Looking for glucosamine in their food will also support their joint health.

Healthy Dachshund Diet

2. Pay Attention To Food Allergies

Dachshunds are a breed prone to food allergies. Triggers can cause issues with their digestion or with their skin. If you see symptoms of food allergies, contact your veterinarian for a diagnosis. Your vet should also be able to prescribe or recommend a specialized diet for your dog

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3. Look For Meat

A healthy, high-quality dog food will include meat or meat meal as one of its first ingredients. The meat should be from a recognizable source, like poultry, red meat, or fish. Avoid foods with meat byproducts. Natural, whole ingredients will support your dachshund’s complete nutrition.

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4. Avoid Additives And Filler Ingredients

Many cheap dog foods will add artificial colors and flavors to their recipes. While a bright color may make a food appealing to human eyes, a dachshund won’t be able to see the color and won’t care. Additionally, artificial ingredients and fillers are more likely to irritate a dachshund’s digestion and trigger food allergies.

5. Keep Meals Small

Dachshunds are prone to obesity and bloat. Both of these are worsened or caused by overeating. Split a dachshund’s daily food intake into 2-3 smaller meals throughout the day. Make sure to wait about an hour between eating and exercise to prevent bloat. Obesity makes other health issues for a dachshund worse. Bloat can be fatal if untreated.

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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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