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Frequently Asked Questions

 

What should I feed my puppy?

We feed all of our dogs with Royal Canin and recommend that you feed your puppy the same as well! Feeding your puppy with a high-quality food for the first year of its life is very important! All puppies are free fed with a slow feeder bowl to prevent puppy bloat. Your puppy should stay on puppy food until 10 months of age at which point could be switched to adult food. Dachshunds are known for overeating and having a dachshund that is overweight puts them at risk for having health issues or back problems. It is important to ensure that your pup does not overeat or is fed table scraps.

What are some breed health concerns with Dachshunds?

We are committed to doing our best to maintain healthy doxies for generations to come. We do extensive genetic testing, pedigree research, and evaluations by our vet. Thankfully this breed does not have too many genetic illnesses but, IVDD of the spine is unfortunately prevalent in the breed, with no genetic tests currently available. We never knowingly breed dogs with back issues, but unfortunately most will not show up with back issues until after their breeding years have passed around age 6-7. It is important to NEVER allow your pup to jump from the bed, or the couch and limit as much as possible climbing up or down 'flights' of stairs. It is a good idea to obtain a good pet insurance policy that will cover spinal surgery, just in case.

When should I take my new puppy to the vet?

Please schedule in advance for your puppy to be seen by your vet of choice to do an exam to ensure the good health of your new puppy within 72 hours of bringing them home. Your puppy will already have been examined by our vet and cleared of any and all health concerns but this is just a safeguard per our puppy contract. Your puppy will be due for their next vaccines 3-4 weeks after their first vet appt with us.

Should I use a collar or harness for my puppy?

We recommend that you use a harness for your pup when going out. It is best for their backs and doesn't pull on their necks. Collars can be very dangerous if left on when not supervised, allowing them to potentially catch it on something and choke themselves. All pups are microchipped so for identification purposes they are covered.

What should I feed my puppy?

We feed all of our dogs with Royal Canin and recommend that you feed your puppy the same as well! Feeding your puppy with a high-quality food for the first year of its life is very important! All puppies are free fed with a slow feeder bowl to prevent puppy bloat. Your puppy should stay on puppy food until 10 months of age at which point could be switched to adult food. Dachshunds are known for overeating and having a dachshund that is overweight puts them at risk for having health issues or back problems. It is important to ensure that your pup does not overeat or is fed table scraps.