Dachshunds are known to eat anything that's put in front of them, whether they are hungry or not. And that can lead to problems. Excess weight on your Dachshund isn't just unattractive, it can put added stress on his back and increase his risk of Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD). That's why it's important to keep an eye on his weight. If you're not sure if your pooch is packing extra pounds, use one of these simple methods to find out:
Feel his ribs: If you can feel your dog's ribs under a slight layer of fat, your dog is probably at a good weight.
Look from above: If your Dachshund appears thinner at the waist, he's a good weight. If there isn't an "hourglass" shape to him, he may need to lose weight.
Tips for Battling Doxie Bulge
Change feeding habits: Switch your Dachshund to a low-calorie or senior-formula food, and cut back on the amount you feed him at each meal. Avoid table scraps and make sure every member of the family is on board with the plan.
Change exercise habits: Increase your dog's daily walks by just a few minutes each day until he is getting ten additional minutes of exercise daily. When you fill his time with fun activities, he'll spend less time hanging around the food bowl.
Limit his treat intake: Treats shouldn't make up more than 10% of his daily calorie intake. Consider healthy, low-calories treats, such as carrots and frozen green beans. Many dogs love them.
Feed other pets separately: If you have other pets, feed them separately so your Doxie won't have access to that "second helping." If you have a cat, try elevating the cat's food bowl so your dog won't be able to access it.
Feed your dog before the family: To keep him from begging for food, make his mealtime before your own.
Finally, be sure to take your pooch to the veterinarian for a checkup and advice for your particular dog. Your vet can give you guidelines on exercise appropriate for your dog's age and health, as well as specific advice on how much he should be eating. With a little extra care, you can ensure that your Dachshund stays slim and healthy for years to come.