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What is more appropriate food for dachshund standard puppy?

HI Everyone, I am new to this forum and after a little bit of digging around I came upon this site. I brought home a 5 weeks old dachshund standard puppy yesterday. Will be taking him to the vet today so hoping to get some help there. However, I am absolutely new in taking care of a pup and would like a lot of suggestions in do's and don't's. He is a healthy pup and has started playing around a bit around the house. But shivers a lot and I confused if its due to seperation anxiety. What is more appropriate food for him?
By Srips · 16 Aug 2010 10:40 am


By KamalRaj J Kuppal · 16 Aug 2010 1:14 pm
Please dig more on this website... you get all what you want i.e. puppy care, vet, food, etc...
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By Dinkar Singh · 16 Aug 2010 6:04 pm
U have got a pup who is too young. If possible give it back to the breeder and collect it from him when it is atleast 8 weeks old. Always do research and read articles on this website already written on the topic etc.
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By Srips · 20 Aug 2010 11:53 am
Thanks Kamal, i have found some useful information on the site.
Thanks Dinkar, I thought so too and contacted the breeder and he said that most of the breeders in India dont keep puppies more than 30 or 35 days old because this is the time when they start to wean from their mothers. This is Illegal in most countries but not in India. (I'm not sure how true this is). Anyways I took him to the vet who got him mildly de-wormed. I am feeding him 4 times a day (3 times cerelac and once ecunaba.) The vet too mentioned that 5 weeks old is too young but if you take good care of him, he will be fine. He is also on Digyton and Canvitol as recommended by the vet.
Toto is too early in potty training but I have newspapers spread all around his bed and he relieves on them. However, there are many accidents. He will be 6 weeks this sunday and I am planning to start on the potty training with a little vigour. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. I am keen on making this a pleasurable experience for toto and us.
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By Dinkar Singh · 20 Aug 2010 5:39 pm
You really cant do any potty training yet, its too small still plus their bladder can be quite weak still. So take it easy on that front. What u need to concentrate as of now is just keeping the pup warm and well fed. Its like a child meals have to be small and frequent. Also keep cleaning the area where ur pups stays and newspaper is a very good idea. I would give cerelac and add a bit of dry food to it and start weaning it off. But very slowly rather than 3 cerelac and one just dry food. All The best.

PS: Good breeders will not give pups till they are 2 months old. But then there are so many breeders that one really has to do proper research.
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By Srips · 21 Aug 2010 9:17 pm
Thanks Dinkar, I will keep this in mind while feeding him. However, had a futuristic question. Since we live in an apartment on the 2nd floor, I was wondering if he would still prefer to relieve himself outside or in the balcony (maybe). I've read that dachshunds shouldnt go up and down the stairs often as it affects their spine.
What do you say?
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By Dinkar Singh · 22 Aug 2010 12:15 pm
Yes I agree and also no pup should be made to climb stairs.

I did know an old family friend who had a couple of lovely dachshunds and they too lived in an apartment. They had the roof rights but prefered to make their dogs relieve themselves inside the apartment. What they had done is trained the dogs to relieve themselves on paper and used to put paper in one of the passages rather the lounge area in the corner. It is a great idea and pups very quickly learn to relieve themselves on paper if you spread it around them etc while they are growing.

In your case the balcony would be perfect just make sure that it is well closed so that ur dog cannot jump off the balcony or climb and jump off, just incase it sees something. Also remember to wash that area everyday properly. The advantage of releiving itself inside the apartment is that you dont have to take it to the balcony or leave the balcony door open in hot weather etc. You can also may be use a spare room bathroom or store which can be washed regularly. All The Best.
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