Dachshund diet, what to feed and what NOT to feed
What can Dachshunds eat and what foods should you avoid?
Dachshunds are great pets and they will make you happy all the time. That being said, you do need to take good care of them as otherwise, you can encounter problems. In fact, due to their small size Dachshunds are prone to being overweight, especially if you feed them the wrong thing.
Lots of protein is needed due to their smaller size
Yes, Dachshunds need to have a protein-based diet and that’s because they are very small and require lots of energy. So having dog food with the right amount of nutrients and protein does matter a lot. Do keep in mind that the protein requirements can change as time goes by, as older Dachshunds don’t need as much energy as they used to.
Also, between dry and wet foods you will notice that most vets will recommend dry food for Dachshunds. Yes, it’s a good idea to talk with your vet when you choose a particular brand of dog food. You shouldn’t cook for your pet as that can make it prone to being overweight, and obviously, it can be a huge issue more often than not. Dachshund diet is key to longevity.
What we do recommend you is to acquire healthy treats and ensure that your pet only eats healthy food if possible. That will eliminate many of the potential downsides and problems, and you get to keep your pet healthy in the meantime too. You are still allowed to offer your Dachshund some wet food from time to time. But the main idea here is to not make it the main course every time. That’s because your pet will gain weight very fast.
Foods you shouldn’t feed your Dachshund
Any type of xylitol based foods are bad for Dachshunds, the same with avocado, onion, grapes, raisins, milk, nuts, chocolate and so on. All these things are very toxic for your pet and they can end up bringing in a bad set of chain reactions. These foods should never be in a Dachshund diet. That doesn’t mean it can happen all the time, but it might and you really have to tackle this accordingly if you want to keep your pet in good health.
Transitioning to new types of food
As your Dachshund gets older, you will need to transition to new dog food. And when that happens, make sure the transition is not abrupt. If possible, do that gradually and make sure that your pet is ok with this kind of new food. If he dislikes it, then chances are that you will have to find new types of food.
Do remember that whenever your Dachshund dislikes certain foods, this might arrive with symptoms as well. If you see that your Dachshund has skin or fur problems, if he gains weight or loses weight too fast, then something is wrong and you have to do everything in your power to deal with it. As for treats, make sure that you opt for healthy, natural treats that the veterinarian agreed with beforehand, as that’s extremely important! Despite their pitiful eyes, your Dachshund diet is within your control.
What is your Dachshund favorite food? Do you give them table foods?