You want to keep your Dahchsund healthy so you may be wondering what the best supplements are.
I want to keep my Dachshunds healthy too so I researched supplements for senior dogs, supplements for Dachshunds with IVDD, and supplements for dogs that are very active.
I came up with a list of supplements that I wanted to give my Dachshunds to address the things above.
The list of supplements I give my Dachshunds has evolved over the years but I update this post when they do.
UPDATED: The list of supplements was updated June 7, 2022
My Wake Up Call
I admit I didn’t always give my Dachshunds supplements. At least not consistently.
But in 2016, I got a big wake-up call when my Dachshund Gretel hurt her back and was diagnosed with Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD).
The thought of never being able to hike with her again scared me so I resolved to do everything I could to help keep her active and reduce the chance of re-injury.
This effort involves many components but supplements are a big part of it.
Now I make the effort to give my Dahcshunds suppplements every day.
What Specific Issues Am I Giving My Dogs Supplements For?
My Dachshunds have always been active dogs.
As with people, using your muscles and joints regularly can put stress on them.
They need to take supplements that support high-energy activities such as hiking and paddleboarding and help in recovery afterward.
They also need to maintain a healthy digestive system so they can properly absorb nutrients to maintain energy, strong bones, and muscles.
They also have specific issues.
Gretel is a senior dog at 12 years old and has IVDD.
IVDD is a degenerative spine disease that makes her prone to future back injuries so I give her supplements to help prevent future back and mobility issues, support her nervous system, and keep her pain-free.
I also want to help keep her mind healthy because I definitely don’t want her to develop dementia like my first Dahshund did if I can help it.
My younger Dachshund Summit doesn’t have any health issues but I want to keep it that way.
While Gretel’s physical activity is starting to decline as she “retires”, Summit is just starting to reach her prime active years and fitness level.
I want to help keep her strong and healthy.
In summary, I give my Dahcshunds supplements to address:
- High energy expenditure
- Healthy skin and coat
- Joint pain and inflammation
- Nervousness and anxiety
- A healthy gut and digestive system
- Rear end and back weakness
- Reduction in cognitive function
- Incontinence (Gretel)
What Supplements Do I Give Them?
After my Dachshund Gretel’s back injury and diagnosis of IVDD, I went a little nuts with the supplements. I gave her everything that I thought would help, which was about 20 things.
After a while, I realized that some of the supplements had overlapping benefits. I didn’t think some others were doing much for her or were that important.
In the end, I settled on the 10 supplements below.
I consider these supplements high-quality and in most cases there is at least strong anecdotal evidence that they are effective for a lot of dogs, if not actual scientific studies.
They’re all supplements that I think are good to give to active dogs, senior dogs, and dogs recovering from IVDD.
Please remember that I am not a vet and I am not qualified to give advice to YOU about what supplements you should give your dog. I’m just sharing what works for us.
Always check with your vet first before giving your dog a new supplement if you are at all in doubt.
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Dachshund Supplements in Our Cabinet
We primarily use Grizzly Salmon Oil™ , which is made from Wild salmon oil, contains high levels of the Omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA, as well as Omega 6 and Arachidonic fatty acids.
These components not only support healthy skin and coat, but also cognition, vision, and other nerve-based functions.
Note: if you give your dog oil primarily to improve their skin and coat, the Grizzly Wild Pollock Oil (which contains high concentration of EPA but very low DHA) is significantly cheaper.
There are a whole slew of good things this ground root can do for your dog but the two biggest are reducing inflammation and pain associated with aging and damaged joints.
This is important to help alerviate any soreness if Gretel’s IVDD gets aggrivated and any discomfort she experiences due to getting old.
Not only is turmeric good for a dog with IVDD, it helps keep any inflammation at bay so my younger Dacshund can perform at her best.
Turmeric has been found to be more effective if it’s turned into a “golden paste” first.
The recipe for golden turmeric paste I use calls for turmeric powder (make sure you use organic), pepper, and coconut oil for dogs, which has its own health benefits including improving skin health, aiding in digestion, and helping with arthritis or ligament problems.
A Supplement to Support Spinal Health
I give my dogs VetriScience® Vetri Disk to help support spinal and cartilage health.
It combines bovine tracheal cartilage with amino acids, mineral sulfates, vitamins, pepsin, and natural silicon sources to help support and maintain connective and disk tissue.
A Joint Supplement
This is probably the supplement I vary the brand of the most.
I generally stick with one regular joint supplement and rotate the others in occasionally for added benefits.
There are several high-quality supplements that I trust and I think that rotating them, along with any others that sound promising, gives my Dachshunds added benefits (because each one contains a little something different or varying amounts of the best stuff).
Glucosamine for Dachshunds is important but there are also many other compounds that also behefit joint health including chrondrointin, MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane), and green-lipped mussel (Perna canaliculus).
All of the joint supplements I give my Dachshunds have at least these ingredients in them. Some contain even more helpful vitamins, minerals, and natural compounds.
Our go-to joint supplement is Glycoflex Plus. In addtion to the big three above, it contains DMG, manganese, selenium and grape seed extract.
Another favorite is ActivPhy Joint, which does not contain green lipped mussel but does contain blue green algae extract.
Hemp CBD (Cannabidiol)
CBD for pets is all the rage right now. It is touted as somewhat of a cure-all.
CBD is derived from industrial hemp and contains almost no THC, the compound that produces a “high”, so it’s safe for dogs (CBD even been found safe in really high doses).
There are many Benefits of CBD for dogs.
This clinical study found that over 93% of dogs (in the study) experienced decreased pain scores, improvements in mobility, increased energy, and increased focus.
I’ve tried over 10 different brands of CBD for dogs for my Dachshunds Summit and Gretel.
The one I think works best for them HempMy Pet.
I give them the CBD oil daily and boost those with the CBD treats if the dogs are acting particularly anxious or went for a strenuous hike.
I also vary probiotic supplements a lot.
Probiotics can help digestion, coping with food intolerances, supporting regularity, and provide gastrointestinal, immunological and neurological support.
One of the probiotics I give my Dahchsunds most often is VetriScience® Vetri Mega Probiotic.
Vetri Mega is a non-dairy probiotic produced from an all-natural source of beneficial microorganisms and it includes prebiotics to support digestive tract health.
Sometimes I give them goat milk as a probiotic instead. I either buy it in liquid form from the pet store or I use this powdered goat milk for dogs (this is especially handy when traveling).
Note: I add plain canned pumpkin in addtion to this if they need are constipated or have runny poo.
Apple Cider Vinegar
While I don’t do it every day, I periodically add Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar to their food.
There are a lot of benefits to giving your dog apple cider vinegar like aiding digestion, helping with gas and constipation, and helping with joint problems and arthritis.
It’s important to use apple cider vinegar that has the “mother” still in it.
The mother is the dark, cloudy substance in the apple cider vinegar that contains some of the best parts of the apple.
Vinegars with the mother contain enzymes and minerals that other vinegars may not contain.
Bragg apple cider vinegar is pretty much the “holy grail” of healthy vinegars.
A Supplement to Help Incontinence
I give my senior Dacshhund Gretel Vet Classics Bladder Incontinence Support.
Bladder Strength for Dogs contains pumpkin seed powder, Rehmannia glutinosa, wild yam extract, saw palmetto, and olive leaf extract.
The combination of these ingredients supports normal hormone levels, renal function, bladder muscle strength, and normal bladder tone in spayed or senior pets.
Gretel occastionally leaks when she sleeps but she rarely has accidents since giving her this supplement (I had tried others previously that didn’t seem to do anything).
An “Energy Shot”
DMG, an adaptogen that helps the body cope with various forms of stress, supports immune system function, helps maintain healthy circulation, increases oxygen utilization, decreases lactic acid build-up, and improves performance/stamina.
One Last Supplement for Dental Health
This supplements doesn’t address the primary issues listed in this article but I mention it because it’s important.
People often ask me how I care for my Dahcshund’s teeth and, if you have been following us for a while, you know I don’t brush my dog’s teeth.
However, I don’t neglect them either.
I have a routine that includes the Plaque Off supplement to soften plaque and tartar on their teeth and then a natural chew to help scrape it off.
How I Administer These Supplements
All of the supplements above are either liquids, pastes, or chews.
I either add the chews to their dish at meal time (mostly so I don’t forget) or give them as a treat during the day.
I mix the liquid and paste supplements into their food either at breakfast or dinner.
Now that I have a routine down, it literally only adds another minute or two to what I’m already doing.
However, I DO feed them raw food so it’s super easy to mix in with their meal.
If you feed kibble or freeze-dried raw, you may have to get more creative.
Dooes your dog take any of the supplements that I listed?