Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Properly Caring for a Dachshund
Mike Loftus has spent the past 14 years leading the merchandising and sign solutions company MLE, Inc. as president. When he’s not busy with his responsibilities at MLE, Mike Loftus enjoys spending time with his family and pets. He and his wife have three children, a jack russell, two great danes, and a dachshund.
Dachshunds are friendly and loving dogs, but as with any breed, they require a bit of personalized care.
Most dachshunds have either wirehaired, smooth, or longhaired coats. Typically, dachshund owners can get away with occasional grooming for medium-length coats. As the length of their coat increases, so does the need for regular grooming. Grooming can often be done at home, but it must include regular nail trimming and ear checks.
Dachshunds’ teeth should also be brushed regularly. Some owners may decide to brush their dog’s teeth every day, but the actual length of time between brushing can be determined by a veterinarian.
Beyond general grooming requirements, dachshunds also require specific health care. As with other breeds, there is a risk of dachshunds becoming overweight. To prevent this, owners should discuss what sort of feeding guidelines are needed for their dog because some dachshunds may have different digestive needs.
Further, they need some exercise to stay happy and healthy. Due to their short stature, dachshunds are prone to back issues, especially if they are overweight.
In addition to regulating food and exercise, owners should keep their dachshunds from climbing up and down stairs too often and jumping on furniture, since both activities may strain their backs.