Our sleepy, frosty faced senior dachshunds are cherished friends among adopters. They are more mellow than younger dachshunds, and oftentimes very sweet and snuggly. They still are fans of good flavored treats and food. Take their vitamins like the champs they are, and are sweet friends.
Senior dachshunds like all of the dachshunds who come through our rescue get a well dog check up at the vet, plus a little extra necessary care. This often includes a senior blood panel to make sure they’re healthy or to treat any underlying concerns. And they get a dental visit. While going to the vet to have their teeth checked during their yearly visit is wonderful, not all of the dogs we rescue have been so lucky. The dental sometimes results in extractions, which is never fun, but can improve their health–if they had any abscessed teeth or infections for example.
As with all dachshunds providing them ramps to the couch or on stairs wherever possible or carrying them (back side and chest to support their back) can help with their back health.
These little seniors who have been surrendered may be sad to be without their family whether it was their owner crossing the rainbow bridge before them, or so many other reasons life can bring. Unconditional love and continued friendship and understanding can help. If more help is needed a dog behaviorist can step in with advice.
The older dachshunds can be sleepyheads, but they are very sweet and we wouldn’t trade them for anything!