Long-Life Diet


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 semiannual veterinary visits.

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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.

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Commercial Diet

The diet you choose for your dog should be a balanced one. There are many excellent dog foods available on the market today. The goal is to provide sound nutrition while maintaining stable weight.

DRBC utilizes dry food ONLY for all its dog food-based diets. Our recommendation is:


  • Dry: Royal Canin Mobility Strength [JS]
  • Warm water: Added at a volume equal to the total volume fed


  • Mini: Up to 6 oz of food per day
  • Tweenie: Up to 8 oz of food per day
  • Standard: Up to 16 oz of food per day


  • Vitamins: Hi-Vite Vitamin Drops, 2-3 drops per day
  • Vitamin C: 250 mg per day, chewable
  • Joint supplement: glucosamine with chondroitin and hyolinic acid
  • Warm water: Added at a volume equal to 1/3 – 1/2 the total volume fed
  • A word about additives:
    • A small amount of a multivitamin is added to our diet to replace the vitamin content dry foods experience on standing. Vitamin C is used as a urinary acidifier and antioxidant.
    • 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.