Dachshund Aging Health Issues
Dachshunds are young at heart. They will fool you and everyone around them because they will attempt to play and run as though they were still in the early years. This breed is stubborn and bossy, but live to please and love. They will struggle to meet the challenge of remaining an active member of your family. Even though they sleep longer, move slower, and seem less enthusiastic, their hearts will remain young. Try to let them rest as often as they wish. As you well know, a Dachshund is always up for an afternoon nap, cuddled up next to you. Keep walks on flat-grade and short.
Weight is going to be an issue with your Dachshund and is more so as the dog ages. Keep your dog’s weight in mind at all times. If you see even a slight increase in weight, reduce caloric intake by 25%, please. If this does not result in weight loss, make a visit to the vet. Walk him for 20 minutes per day to keep him fit. This will also help keep his joints loose and his heart healthy.
This breed is lovely and bossy at the same time. As a Dachshund ages, they still love, but if in pain, he will not hesitate to let you know you are pushing buttons. Beware if you have small children and do not let them rough-house nor pick up an elderly Dachshund. This heightened stress level and aggression can be compounded by vision and hearing problems. It is not unusual in dogs as they get older, but in a small dog, it can be overwhelming. They are small and feel threatened easily. Loss of vision and hearing makes them feel more vulnerable.
A drastic change in weather can have a negative effect on Dachshunds. They are much closer to the hot ground and the cold ground. They can overheat or freeze in mere minutes. They need to have a warm place to cuddle. Make sure they are never left where the temperature is cold. When the hot weather comes to call, supply them with plenty of water and shelter. Dogs can succumb in extreme weather. An excruciating death can occur within a matter of hours due to exposure. An older dog can die within an hour of extreme exposure.
Dachshunds bark loudly, run fast, but they do are not good poopers! They must have their glands expressed. Fecal matter can gather in a dog’s intestines. This puts them at serious risk for abdominal rupture. Older dog have muscles that are far less able to express all the waste. In his senior years, regular gland expression is very important. Dental care is of equal importance. Dachshunds do not have the jaw strength to maximize cleaning treats and dental care toys. Poor dental hygiene in dogs can lead to heart disease. Cleanings are pricey, so have insurance for your Dachshund or keep a separate dental fund. A cleaning every couple of years is a good plan, but in the meantime, a toothbrush and doggy toothpaste will do a lot to help keep him healthy.