What Dog Food Should I Feed My Dachshund?
My veterinarian recommended Science Diet or Royal Canin dog food for Dachshunds.
She likes the quality ingredients in their food and they are Not Grain-Free. My puppy, Eko, is on Science Diet for puppies and my senior dog, Bastian, is eating Science Diet for 7+ adult dogs.
They both love their food and I am happy with the results. They are both very healthy and have shiny coats, so I can’t complain.
Homemade Dog Food
Some Dachshund owners prefer to make their dog’s food at home. By using your own natural ingredients at home, you know exactly what ingredients your dog is consuming. This is especially helpful with a dog that has any food allergies.
Talk to your vet for recommendations on a well-balanced meal plan and amount per serving for your dog if you are interested in creating your dog’s food at home.
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My Dachshund, Reno, had a very sensitive stomach. His stomach couldn’t tolerate any food scraps and he couldn’t eat many dog treats without getting sick.
I took him to Petco for his Birthday to pick out a toy and the lady at the checkout gave him a special looking dog cookie for free. I thought it was so nice, but poor Reno was sick for the rest of the evening.
My vet recommended that I add some probiotics to his diet to help him with his digestive issues.
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Grab some natural Pumpkin Puree from the grocery store or hang on to your Halloween Jack-O-Lantern for some extra fiber and healthy nutrients.
Pumpkin Puree helps keep your dog feeling full, so they don’t want to constantly eat all the time.
The high amount of fiber and nutrients found in pumpkin can help your dachshund stay regular and keep those extra fatty pounds off their sensitive backs.
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2. Feeding Schedules By Age
Maintain a healthy feeding schedule to reduce obesity and prevent IVDD in your Dachshund.
Dachshunds have a large appetite compared to other dogs. It is important to have a strict feeding schedule for your Doxie instead of allowing them to ‘graze’ all day long. Grazing can cause them to gain a lot of weight in no time.
Puppy Feeding Schedule:
For dogs under the age of one, look for a dry dog food formulated just for puppies. High quality puppy food usually includes more protein and fatty acids to help build strong muscles and maintain healthy energy levels.
Puppies under 6 months of age should have 3 small meals per day.
Once in the morning, one time in the afternoon, and in the evening for dinner. Pretty much, the same time that you eat your meals.
Set the puppy’s dog food bowl down for 20 minutes at a time. Then, take the bowl up until the next feeding. That way you can tell if they are getting too much or need a little more food depending on their appetite.
Training Tip: Your puppy should eat his evening portion before 6 pm. This will help reduce the number of overnight accidents.
Adult Feeding Schedule:
Around 12-14 months of age, feed your dachshund 2 times per day. Once in the morning and once at night is ideal.
Spreading out the meals allows the dog to digest smaller amounts and reduce any digestive issues.
Splitting up my dachshund’s meals helped them have fewer anal gland issues. We didn’t have to have their glands expressed quite as often at the vet when they started eating 2 smaller meals per day.
Adult Dachshunds require less fat, protein, and calories in their diet than they did as puppies.
A Dog Food that is high in fat or has too many calories will lead to weight gain and lower energy levels.