Why Do Dachshunds Have Bad Breath?
Dachshunds are more prone to dental hygiene problems than other dog breeds. It is important to keep your doxie’s teeth cleaned daily and maintain regular checkups with your vet to prevent dental diseases in your dog.
When my miniature dachshund, Reno, ate his meals, he would have globs of chewed up food stored next to his back teeth afterwards. I tried to massage his cheeks after his meals to help loosen it up.
Dog Dental Diseases, like gingivitis, are caused by having leftover food sit around the gums. Bad breath in dogs is commonly caused by plaque and tartar build up on your dog’s teeth and gums.
To avoid bad breath or any dental issues, routinely inspect your dachshund’s mouth after they have eat. You may find that they have some dog food deposits tucked in the back of their cheeks, right up against their teeth.
Why Does my Dachshund Sleep So Much?
Some of the main reasons why Dachshunds sleep a bit more than other dog breeds is because of their age, lack of daily activity, diet and health. Some owners may be concerned that their doxie is sleeping a little too much throughout the day.
The amount of sleep your Dachshund needs can depend on their age. Sleep needs change throughout your Dachshund’s life. Just like people, young Dachshund puppies and older seniors require more sleep than adult dachshunds. It is normal for your dachshund puppy to sleep up to 20 hours a day!
Take daily walks with your dachshund for at least 20 minutes. Walking your dog before you leave for the day and when you return home is a great way to keep your doxie happy and healthy. It is important for you to help your dachshund maintain a healthy weight through exercise and diet to avoid back issues, like IVDD.
Your dog’s diet can also dictate how often they want to sleep. Make sure you are giving your dachshund the recommended daily amount of ‘high quality’ dog food.
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If you notice a big change in your Dachshund’s sleeping habits, there may be a cause for concern. A Dachshund that doesn’t feel well will sleep a lot more.
If your dog seems slower than usual, excessively sleepy, acting lethargic, grumpy, disoriented, or not eating like usual, it may be time to visit the vet for a check-up.
Diseases, like Diabetes and Hyperthyroidism can change sleeping habits. The Dachshund dog breed is prone to both diseases, so it doesn’t hurt to have your vet check them out.