Senior Dachshunds

Senior Dachshunds

The average life span of dogs is increasing, just as the average human life span is.  A well cared for dachshund usually lives to be 14 — 15 years old; many live longer. One of the first signs of aging is slowing down. It will take your dog longer to get up and get started from a lying position, longer to climb stairs (one at a time, rather than two). Some of these changes are natural, but it is important not to overlook changes that may be symptoms of a condition needing treatment.

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10 Tips for Keeping Your Senior Dog Healthy

  • Establish a relationship with the best veterinarian you can afford. Make an appointment with the vet every 6 months. Your vet should be someone you trust and feel comfortable talking with him.

  • Inform yourself about common conditions for older dogs and possible therapies available. Be alert to symptoms. When symptoms warrant, bring them to your vet's attention promptly. Discuss treatment options.

  • Feed your senior dachshund the best food you can afford; consider preparing home-made diet that can be specially adapted to your senior's specific needs. Provide two small meals daily rather than one large one.

  • Don't overfeed. Obesity creates health problems and shortens life.

  • Consider dietary supplements such as glucosamine/chondroitin for arthritis.

  • Provide adequate exercise, and adjust to changing abilities.

  • Dental health in seniors is very important. Brush teeth daily and cleaned professionally whenever your vet advises.

  • Vaccinate only once every 3 years, as currently advised by the major veterinary colleges.

  • Control fleas and ticks. Keep your dog and his environment scrupulously clean.

  • Make your senior as much a part of your life as possible, and do all you can to keep them interested, active, happy and above all comfortable.

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