DRBC hopes this guide helps you and your dog to a longer, happier, and healthier life. The information presented is meant to be a guide as you look for the proper nutritional program for your pet. The best program begins and remains with your veterinarian. Always include them in your discussion on diet or any other changes to your pets’ lifestyle. Be sure to make that discussion a part of your semi-annual veterinary visits.
DRBC has developed a dietary approach aimed at sound health and long life. The building blocks of this program can be found by using the menu below.
Home Cooked Diet
As attitudes towards pets change more and more, owners are turning back to the time before dog food existed and are cooking for their pets. The dietary requirements change slightly for home prepared vs. manufactured, but the bottom line should always be balanced nutrition and stable weight.
The diet we utilize in the DRBC system has been reviewed by our senior veterinarian and a veterinary nutritionist. We never vary the proportions outlined in the diet. Our base diet is not open to modification in accordance with our nutritional guidelines.
Before choosing a home prepared diet or utilizing the ones provided here, you should discuss the effects of a dietary change such as this with your veterinarian. Your veterinarian has the best medical knowledge concerning your pet's health and can assist you in transitioning your pet to a program such as this.
Our recommendation is:
Mini: Up to 6 oz of food per day
Tweenie: Up to 8 oz of food per day
Standard: Up to 9 oz of food per day
Vitamin: Hi-Vite Vitamin Drops 0.5 cc per day
Joint Supplement: Glycosamine With Condroitin and Hyolinic acid
Warm Water: Added at a volume equal to 1/3 the total volume fed
A word about additives:
- Vitamin supplements are required for home prepared meals to insure a balanced diet.
- The Joint Supplement is added as part of our overall spinal health program. Bag label claims do not contain sufficient levels for the dachshund breed.
- Warm water is added directly to the food to hydrate and is part of our overall kidney failure prevention program, although other organ systems benefit as well.
Download the DRBC Dietary Guide
NOTE: Nutrition is part of the overall wellness plan you should discuss with your veterinarian. The information contained in this website and on this page specifically represents that of the DRBC organization. All of our decisions on diet are discussed with our veterinarians on a routine basis.