Is your dachshund’s meal always gone in a flash? Are you worried he (or she) is packing on a few extra pounds? Do they seem a little gassy after dinner? Go a little crazy when they’re bored? All of these problems can be addressed, to some degree, with one simple change in their daily routine: trading out their regular food bowl for a slow feeder bowl. Read on to learn why it’s so important to help curb your dachshund’s overeating and how to do it.
What’s the problem with an overweight doxie?
We know — it’s almost impossible to say no to those sweet faces, and plump sausage dogs are pretty darn cute. However, food-obsessed dachshunds are prone to packing away a few too many pounds, which can cause serious health issues down the line.
Their extra-long backs are highly susceptible to spinal problems, and extra weight only exacerbates the situation. Add to that the fact that doxies have such short legs, and you’ll understand why it’s so hard for them to get a good amount of exercise (which, in turn, makes them even more inclined to obesity).
If your dachshund needs to lose some weight — or you just want to make sure they stay trim — dietary changes are your best bet, and slow feeder bowls are a very good starting point.
What is a slow feeder bowl, and how does it help?
Unlike regular food bowls, slow feeder bowls are designed explicitly to help slow down mealtime. Their interiors contain varied raised shapes that act like the walls of a maze, forcing a dachshund to slow down and hunt for its kibble instead of chowing down as fast as possible.
In short, they turn mealtime into game time: because slow feeder bowls are essentially puzzles with a reward, they encourage dachshunds to problem-solve, keeping them mentally stimulated and engaged.
The result? Your doxie eats more slowly and has enough time to fill up, eating less overall while still having fun. You can also help manage your dog’s weight by providing set meals rather than leaving food out all day, and measuring out their kibble each time.
Eating quickly also poses more health risks than just a little weight gain. When a dachshund gobbles down all that food they also ingest a lot of air, which can lead to upset tummies and flatulence, vomiting, choking, and even bloat — a dangerous and potentially fatal condition for dogs. Slow feeder bowls can help prevent all of it.
To recap: slow feeder bowls help dachshunds maintain a healthy weight, keep them engaged, and can stave off digestion issues and bloat. Win, win, win!
What should I know about Witzig's slow feeder bowl?
When you’re ready to pick out a slow feeder bowl, it’s important to think about the size of your dog, the difficulty of the puzzle, its durability, and all the other little factors in play. But don’t worry — we’ve done the thinking for you! We partnered with a Brooklyn-based artist to create three limited-edition slow feeder bowls exclusively for Witzig, designed and tested for dachshunds.
Whimsical, practical, and beautiful, each of the three custom-made puzzle styles celebrate the different hair types: wirehaired, longhaired, and smooth. The deep channels are good for long snouts, and the complex patterns will keep smart dachshunds occupied. Made from ceramic, our slow feeder bowls is sturdy and heavy enough to withstand an energetic chow sesh, so the kibble will stay inside the bowl, where it belongs. Unlike plastic, ceramic bowls are also chemical-free — and they look fantastic, too!