If you have noticed any signs of aging in your Dachshund, don’t panic. Getting older isn’t a death sentence for your faithful long dog.
It is important to make some necessary diet and household changes in order to keep your doxie safe as they become more frail.
At What Age is My Dachshund Considered a Senior?
Dachshunds are considered seniors between the ages of 8 and 10 years old.
That being said, your senior dog’s aging symptoms may not actually be noticeable until they are 13+ years old, dog depending.
Private Dining: Your senior doxie can still enjoy some tasty kibble at meal time, but at a much slower pace than before.
If you have other dogs in your home, provide a separate eating area for your senior. This will allow them extra time to eat and not have to compete for their food bowl.
Softer Food: If your senior pup is still able to eat their dry dog food, but you notice a slight struggle with chewing, try adding a little water to their food or consider changing to wet dog food.
My senior Dachshund, Bastian, doesn’t have many teeth left at this age, but he is still able to crunch down his dry dog food.
I add some water to soften his food during mealtime to help him chew a little easier.
Lift the Food: My dog, Bastian, is technically a Dachshund/Beagle mix. He is basically an extra tall Dachshund (pictured below).
Now that he is a senior dog, his legs have become weaker and tend to slide out from underneath him while he was eating.
So, I now use an elevated dog bowl stand to keep his food and water at a higher lever, which has worked wonderfully for him.
#7: Senior Dachshund Nutrition
It’s important to feed your Dachshund a high-quality dog food diet. As your doxie ages, it’s very important to keep your dog’s diet healthy and try your best not to give in to food scrap snacks.
Giving your doxie food scraps (at any age) will cause major weight gain and health issues. Too many calories at the senior stage can decrease your dog’s quality of life.
Senior Food: Change your senior dog’s kibble to a food that is specialized for senior dogs. Senior Dachshund food contains higher levels of protein than adult dog food for stronger muscles, a healthier immune system, and mobility support.
Keep your doxie moving! Continue to take your Dachshund on daily walks, just at a much slower pace and shorter length.
If walking is too painful or difficult for them, consult your vet for some help with arthritis pain and stiffness.
I walk my 17-year-old dog, Bastian, around our yard several times per day to help him go potty and to get his legs moving.
He doesn’t do a whole lot of exploring around our home anymore, just a lot of napping instead. So, to reduce any joint stiffness, I try my best to get him moving each day.
#3: Mental Stimulation For Senior Dachshunds
Mental stimulation is like brain food for your senior Dachshund. Providing simple dog brain games each day, like an interactive treat-dispensing toy, works wonders for your older dog’s mental health and well-being.
When your dog pushes the toy over, it dispenses a yummy treat.
My senior Dachshund loves playing with the Bob-A-Lot. It helps keep his brain sharp and he acts so happy when he is interacting with this toy (pictured below).
#2: Keep it Calm and Familiar
Your elderly Dachshund may start to develop issues with their eyesight and hearing.
Approach Calmly: If your doxie is hard of hearing or has some issues with their vision, always approach them calmly. Suddenly picking them up or touching them without warning can send them into a panic.
Gently offer your hand to their nose for a quick scent check to let them know you are near.
Don’t Move the Furniture: Some senior Dachshunds go completely blind or deaf and can become disoriented in the home when things are moved into new places. Keeping your furniture in the same place can help them navigate much easier.
#1: Cherish Every Day
Even if your Dachshund doesn’t see or hear you as well as they used to, they still need you in their life.
Fill each and every day with love, attention, and cuddles. You will be so glad that you did.
Senior Dachshund care doesn’t have to feel stressful. I hope these senior Dachshund tips will help make things a little easier for you.
Your senior Dachshund’s nails will become more brittle as they age and tend to bleed much easier. If you trim your doxie’s nails at home, consider using a Dog Nail Grinder instead of the traditional nail trimmers to avoid an injury.
Do you have some senior dachshund health tips to share? Let us know in the comments.