Fresh Food for Dachshunds
Originally bred to hunt badgers, the long-bodied, tiny-legged dachshund is a companion that inspires fierce devotion among its admirers. Famous dachshund owners have included Jerry Seinfeld, Dorothy Parker, and Andy Warhol. Waldi, the mascot of the 1972 Berlin Olympics, was also a dachshund. These brave, vocal, and often hilarious dogs are known for being exceptionally loyal and affectionate, and do best in homes where they receive lots of training and attention. You’ll also want to take special care to protect their long backs.
A healthy diet of fresh dog food for your dachshund is the best way to support their health and happiness — along with daily exercise, regular vet care, and plenty of chances to dig.
What’s the best dog food for dachshunds?
A diet of fresh dog food for your dachshund contributes to a healthy, active life, and could help stave off some of the ailments common to this breed.
Why fresh is best for your Dachshunds
Highly processed kibble can contribute to many issues that can compromise your Dachshunds’s health. Recipes from The Farmer’s Dog are made with fresh, human-grade ingredients, steamed to retain nutrients, and pre-portioned to help maintain weight.Feed Fresh Today
Maintain a healthy weight
It’s critically important to avoid overfeeding any dog, big or small. Keeping your dachshund at a healthy weight is one big way you can help prevent Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), a common degenerative condition impacting their spines. Being even a little overweight can also increase your dachshund’s odds of developing a host of diseases like arthritis, diabetes, and even cancer. A fresh-food plan tailored to your dog’s needs, and delivered in pre-portioned packs, makes weight maintenance easy.
Dial up dental health (and fresh breath!)
For dogs like dachshunds, who may be prone to dental disease, don’t look to a dried pellet to clean teeth. Kibble is an ultra-processed food—it sticks to teeth, contributing to plaque, and it can contain substances that actually fuel inflammation in the tissues of the body, including the mouth. Eating for dental health means eating for overall health. A fresh, whole-food diet promotes a healthier immune system, which helps ward off dental infections—and it doesn’t stick to teeth.
Promote better digestion (and poops)
A fresh diet provides human-grade, highly digestible protein, which contributes to many facets of your dachshund’s health. It supports optimal muscle growth and maintenance, and a strong heart. Another hallmark of a digestible diet is what we call “high quality poops.” Research shows that a digestible, bioavailable diet affects the quality and quantity of your dog’s poop—making it less voluminous, and less stinky, than their poop on a kibble diet!
Know what’s in the bowl
For dachshunds with dry and itchy skin, sensitive stomachs, or other signs of food allergies and sensitivities, it’s important to know exactly what you’re feeding—something that can be impossible with kibble, which often contains ingredients not listed on the bag. Allergies and intolerances to food are all too common, and many dog owners notice symptoms clear up when they switch to fresh food.
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