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Oh also, despite my dogs’ great weight and body size, my small girl still went down in the back last winter. Dachshunds are STUBBORN and INDEPENDENT, and even though we keep gates on the stairs and ramps by the bed, she still jumped and ran – and it caught up with her. She’s almost 100% after surgery 6 months ago, but it was an expensive journey. Looking back, other than carrying her everywhere, there’s really no way we could have prevented it – doxies go their own way.
Good luck with the training and try to minimize the factors that you know will contribute to problems, and deal with the problems when they occur 😉ZeeAndPalmerParticipant
Enjoy your new little doxie! I have two rescued doxies, ages about 6 and 7 years, and every time we go to the vet they comment on how great their weights are. I am careful about the amount of food they get, but it’s the treats that add up! Mine LOVE carrots, fresh or canned UNSALTED green beans, and ooooo blueberries! I went to a dachshund race event a few weeks back and was stunned at the number of grossly overweight, unhealthy dogs I saw there, and these people purportedly knew how to care for dachshunds! Now I understand why my vet loves me so much 🙂
I have fed Wellness Super5Mix Small Breed for most of their lives; the smaller one is now on PUrina JM (joint mobility) food (I am not a Purina fan but the vet visited the company and recommends it highly – she IS less creaky in the hips since we switched) – I am considering a switch/addition to either Taste of the Wild or Innova EVO – it’s been suggested that a slightly higher protein level with different protein and carb sources would be beneficial. Still studying!