Dachshund Eating Large Dog's Food Portions

Portion control for small dog will help maintain his weight.

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Q. Rudy is my 6-year-old AKC-registered neutered male Miniature Dachshund. He weighs over 40 pounds. We also have two 4-year-old Great Danes. I thought that trying to keep up with them would have thinned Rudy down. Instead, it has just made him solid. Perhaps he has gained muscle? How do I get the weight off Rudy?

A. Just as with humans, every dog has a different metabolism. Some dogs can free feed and maintain an ideal weight. Others are fed a measured amount of low-calorie food and are still overweight. Medical reasons for putting on weight, such as hypothyroidism, should be ruled out if your dog keeps gaining weight despite dietary restriction.
 
You need to turn your “hot dog” into an “hourglass.” Viewing your dog from above, you should see a just-visible indentation behind his ribs. Dachshunds have a propensity to put on extra weight, and that puts them at increased risk for a back injury.
 
With two giant breed dogs in your household, I would be concerned that Rudy may be taking advantage of the proportionally large dog food servings. Put Rudy on measured, scheduled feedings, and deny him access to the Great Danes’ food. Hopefully this will lean him down somewhat. Switch to a high-fiber diet if necessary.

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Leslie - 233329   Lakeside, AZ

6/11/2013 12:15:08 PM

Good information. thanks

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Janice   Coleman, TX

3/20/2012 12:06:27 PM

My Dauchshund,Peanut,she's 5 years old,her weight is way over,so my Vet says,she's about 32 pounds,she wants to eat all the time,even when I give her her allowed amount,she still wants something else to eat,she is scared of all noise's even the word (noise) my grandson helded her out the car window while they were bringing her to me,so I'm sure that has alot to do with her being so afraid,but shes scared of any kind of noise,anyway,she was real easy to pottie train,no trouble with chewing or digging,shes my doll,I wouldn't trade my time with her,shes like my child,but she just can't seem to loose weight no matter what,any suggestions? Thank You

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ANN   Indianapolis, IN

3/21/2008 12:36:06 PM

There is no excuse for allowing a miniature Dachshund to get so fat!! If this dog does not lose weight, he WILL have back problems, if he doesn't already. This guy should consult his Vet for guidance- he obviously doesn't know what he is doing and probably shouldn't even have dogs....

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