Dachshund Diets


Dachshunds love to eat!

(Pixie – our slowest eater)

But, as a long little dog, being over weight can pose some serious health risks.

(Roxy – eating on the couch away from the puppies)

Our three dachshunds range in weight from 13 to, as we found out at Sydney’s vet appointment two weeks ago, 21 pounds.

(Sydney – too busy eating to look up for a photo)

Poor Sydney. She has always been the largest of the three, and she also loves to eat more than Roxy or Pixie.

In about two minutes we go from:

food measured in the cup

to

Sydney with just a few bites left

to

the empty bowl.

Since we really can’t cut down her food intake anymore, she gets 1/2 of dry food, twice a day, we had to change what she eats. All three dachshunds now get a mix of 3/4 Iams weight management formula and 1/4 healthy naturals. Roxy doesn’t like the taste of the diet food, so we lift a bit of the good stuff in for flavor.

All three dogs are on the diet because they are less active in the winter, and could all stand to be a bit slimmer.

Along with this healthier meal option, we also break their treats in half to cut down on unnecessary calories.

Hopefully, these simple changes, along with a few long walks through the Fall leaves, will help Sydney lose about three pounds. We will see how she is doing at her first official weigh in on Friday. 

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