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Weight Management

A study showed that dogs that are at their ideal weight live about 15% longer! In 90% of all cases, obesity results from over-eating and NOT a lack of exercise, lowered metabolism or hormonal imbalances. The good news, therefore, is that the disease of obesity is treatable, since you have complete control over how much food your dog eats. When viewed from above, your dog should have a visible waist. You should be able to easily feel his ribs, but not see them. Your dog should not be “chesty” or have a dangling abdomen.


Problems associated with obesity:

 


Maintaining a healthy weight is crucial to our dog's overall healthand is especially important as likelihood of back problems increase dramatically if a Dachshund is overweight. Obesity in Dachshunds is very unhealthy, just as it is in humans. Being overweight can affect their heart, lungs, and joints. A Dachshund that is overweight can encounter other severe problems as well. The most common is back problems. This is because the Dachshund is so long; gravity pulls on the back if there is too much weight on it. Being that Dachshunds are very prone to obesity, you need to have some information on how to prevent this.  

 

Keep your dog at the appropriate weight. If you have questions as to how much your dog should weigh or how much you should feed them, please let us know.  The amounts on feed bags are typically over stated, so generally minis (11lbs and under) should get ¼  cup 2x daily, tweenies 1/3 cup 2x daily, and standards ½ cup 2x daily. Also remember not to over spoil your pups with treats as these can quickly amount to an extra meal.  

 

Back Health

The Dachshund is prone to slipped disks as a result of its short legs and the long back.  Although back problems may be inevitable in some dogs, by keeping their weight down, avoiding stairs, carrying the dog level, and making sure they do not rough house too hard you can help avoid unnecessary back injury. The best way to keep your Dachshund and his/her back in good shape is to keep your Dachshund in good shape.  Regular exercise, proper diet and proper weight will go a long way in insuring a lifetime with very few health problems and is the best way to help reduce probability of back problems.

 

If your dog seems lethargic and weak in the hind end put them in a crate to restrict movement and call us IMMEDIATELY.  Most back problems are 100% correctable with rest, and steroids to reduce any inflammation between the disks.

 

Oral Health

Although pet's dental hygiene is often overlooked, it is essential to your dog’s overall heath. Halitosis, periodontal disease, oral pain and tooth loss can occur when plaque builds up causing bacteria to eat away at the teeth and gums, and can also effect the heart and kidneys.  Dachshunds are one breed that is especially prone to the build up of plaque and tartar due to their narrow mouths; this build up, if ignored, can lead to periodontal disease which effects the heart, liver and kidneys- the health of our dogs mouth is crucial to their overall well being.  Due to their narrow mouths, and sometimes tendency to store food in their cheeks, it is important to brush your Dachshund’s teeth. Tartar build up due to neglected tooth care can be a costly vet visit and it is not necessary for your dog to be put under to get their teeth done if you keep up with it at home. Also, try to feed kibble, not wet food, as kibble helps get rid of plaque, and wet food just causes plaque. Plaque build up causes tartar, which can infect the gums and then the entire dog unnecessarily. 
Oral HygieneClean your dog's teeth every couple of days to prevent plaque build up. You can use a moist washcloth or a soft bristled tooth brush, do NOT use dog tooth paste each time as it can upset their stomach- instead try some baking soda and water as a paste or an oral rinse.  Plaque build up hardens into tartar and can quickly infect the gums and effects your dog's over all health.  

What to look for:  Foul breath, tartar buildup and sore, red gums; your dog's mouth should ideally be cared for as we care for out own, brushing every day and seeing the dentist every 6months to a year. Brushing will not help but at this (above) point it will only aggravate the gums and the dog will ingest the bacteria. The tartar needs to be removed first before a maintenance program can start.  

Woody Dachshund Rescue and Pet Services
PO Box 784
Killingworth, CT 06419
eliot@ctdoxierescue.com
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