Each canine breed has a set of medical situations they’re liable to. The Dachshund breed will not be exempt.
There are widespread Dachshund well being points that each proprietor ought to concentrate on to allow them to preserve an eye fixed out for related indicators and signs.
This is not going to solely provide help to catch any points early, but it surely additionally offers you an inventory of choices to debate together with your veterinarian in case one thing appears “off” together with your canine.
Under are the highest 21 Dachshund well being points I’ve compiled from 10+ years of learning the breed, having private expertise with over 100, and by studying from different Dachshund house owners.
A few of these well being points have an effect on Dachshunds due to genetics, some are orthopedic points associated to their measurement and form, some are age associated, and a few are simply dangerous luck.
The High 5 Well being Points in Dachshunds
Under are the well being points you might be most certainly to see in Dachshunds.
These are those I’ve personally encountered most frequently and those that I see folks incessantly asking about in Dachshunds teams.
1) Again Issues
Dachshund back problems are the #1 most typical well being difficulty seen within the breed.
One in 4 Dachshunds might expertise again points of their lifetime.
In Dachshunds, the vast majority of again issues are brought on by Intervertebral Disk Illness (IVDD)
IVDD is a genetic situation that causes a Dachshund’s spinal disks to harden, dry out, and calcify at a younger age.
In accordance with the University of California – Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (UC Davis), one of many premier analysis services for IVDD within the US:
“A Dachshund’s lengthy again and brief limbs (legs) is brought on by Chondrodysplasia (CDPA), generally referred to as the dwarfism [gene], which interferes with the physique’s regular improvement of cartilage.”
Nearly all Dachshunds have at the least one copy of the gene that causes IVDD as a result of it’s additionally what causes the unmistakable “lengthy and low” Dachshund look.
There could also be another genes concerned that haven’t been recognized but so, sadly, at the moment, there is no such thing as a dependable test for IVDD.
Disk ruptures, and a subsequent prognosis of IVDD, usually happens between the ages of 4 and seven years previous.
The perfect issues you are able to do to assist decrease again points is preserve your Dachshund at a healthy weight, ensure that they get sufficient muscle-strengthening train, and memorize the warning signs of a Dachshund back injury so you may catch and deal with it early.
2) Weight problems
The Dachshund is listed by Banfield Pet Hospital as one of many high 10 breeds at highest threat of weight problems.
Some Dachshund house owners don’t take into account pet weight problems a well being difficulty however the newest Association for Pet Obesity Survey exhibits many pet mother and father and veterinary professionals take into account it a illness.
The issue is that a good portion of pet mother and father don’t know what their Dachshund should weigh and fail to acknowledge after they might lose a number of kilos.
The identical research above discovered that solely 39% of canine house owners take into account their pet chubby or overweight, which contrasts with quite a few studies indicating over 50% of canines and cats are chubby.
Being severely chubby can take years off your Dachshund’s life and result in a number of different well being points on this record, together with arthritis, and a better threat when going beneath anesthesia.
It could additionally affect the frequency and severity of disk rupture brought on by Intervertebral Disk Illness (IVDD) as a result of the additional hanging weight places stress on the backbone.
A Dachshund can grow to be chubby at any age but it surely’s most prevalent in Dachshunds that eat an excessive amount of, don’t train sufficient, and which were spayed or neutered.
3) Cushing’s Illness (Hyperadrenocorticism)
Cushing’s Disease is induced when the adrenal glands produce an excessive amount of of a steroid hormone referred to as cortisone.
It may be brought on by both a benign tumor on the pituitary gland or an adrenal gland tumor.
This hormone imbalance often develops slowly, principally happens in previous age, and might simply be mistaken for indicators of getting older.
Cushing’s Illness signs embrace extreme ingesting, urination accidents in the home, hair loss, elevated urge for food, and weight achieve.
All of these items could be signs of different points too however Cushing’s is the most typical trigger, particularly after they all current on the identical time.
Happily, Cushing’s is pretty treatable with oral medicines or surgical procedure to take away the adrenal glands.
4) Dental Points
Dachshunds are predisposed to dental issues due to their small measurement, and the chondrodysplasia talked about above, can lead to the crowding of enamel within the jaw.
When enamel are overcrowded, they’ll put strain on one another, inflicting microscopic cracks that then grow to be weak to periodontal illness.
Crowded enamel are additionally liable to lure meals, plaque, and calculus in between them, resulting in an infection and irritation.
One other Dachshund dental difficulty is damaged enamel.
Dachshunds are actually robust chewers (severely, attempt to discover a toy they’ll’t destroy) and chunk down arduous.
This mostly ends in a cracked or damaged molar, however canine enamel can break off too.
A damaged tooth usually causes ache so it would have to be eliminated.
You’ll be able to assist preserve your Dachshund’s enamel wholesome with a very good dwelling dental routine, which may embrace brushing or cleaning your dog’s teeth without a toothbrush.
You may additionally wish to take into account the occasional anesthesia-free dog teeth cleaning from a licensed skilled to assist preserve the buildup of tartar down.
In case your Dachshund’s enamel get actually soiled, otherwise you see indicators of an infection, they are going to doubtless require an intensive cleansing, and x-ray, on the vet beneath anesthesia.
5) Pores and skin Points
Dachshunds are inclined to a few major pores and skin situations – irritation and yeast overgrowth, dry, flaky pores and skin, and alopecia (baldness).
Yeast and flaky pores and skin
Yeast overgrowth on the pores and skin in canines could be brought on by meals or environmental allergic reactions, hormonal imbalances, poor hygiene, immune system issues, antibiotic use, or extra moisture.
Dry, flaky pores and skin is most frequently brought on by bathing an excessive amount of, allergic reactions, or genetics.
The signs of each could be related and embrace itching and scratching, pores and skin redness and irritation, and, within the case of a yeast an infection, greasy or oily pores and skin and a foul odor.
For those who suspect the reason for your canine’s pores and skin points is a yeast an infection, and common bathing and retaining the pores and skin dry doesn’t make it go away, then it’s finest to seek the advice of together with your vet to find out the very best treatment.
Which will embrace switching your canine’s weight loss plan to keep away from allergens, medicated shampoos, topical lotions or ointments, and/or oral remedy similar to antifungal medicine.
In case your Dachshund is merely itching as a result of dry, flaky pores and skin, chances are you’ll wish to strive bathing them rather less typically (that is how often you should bathe your Dachshund) and including omega-3 fish oils to their meals.
Doing each of these items cured my first Dachshund’s itchiness and flaky pores and skin.
Altering your Dachshund’s weight loss plan, and utilizing these tips to help prevent and address common Dachshund skin conditions, might help too.
Baldness in Dachshunds is primarily brought on by one thing referred to as coloration dilution alopecia (CDA).
This situation is most typical in “dilute” coloration Dachshunds like blue and isabella and is related to the genes that trigger this coloring.
Due to this, there isn’t a lot you are able to do besides handle signs and assist with warmth regulation (with Dachshund jackets, and so on.).
Pinnal Alopecia – hair loss particularly on the ears – can be widespread in Dachshunds and could be developed by any of them, no matter age or coloration.
This situation can generally be mitigated by rubbing a pores and skin soothing balm or coconut oil on the ends of the ears however might require a vet go to in the event that they crack or get contaminated.
Different Potential Well being Issues
Whereas a number of the well being points listed beneath are much less widespread in Dachshunds, all of them happen incessantly sufficient to say.
6) Meals Allergy symptoms
Meals allergic reactions happen when the immune system reacts abnormally to a protein or different ingredient within the canine’s meals.
Dachshunds, like every other breed, can develop meals allergic reactions, and a few could also be extra liable to it than others.
Allergy symptoms is usually a drawback on their very own however most usually exacerbate different points similar to pores and skin points and gastrointestinal issues.
Pet food allergic reactions are additionally the most typical perpetrator of ear infections, which may trigger a yeast overgrowth main to move shaking, scratching on the ears, and a foul odor.
Frequent meals allergens for canines embrace beef, hen, dairy, wheat, soy, and corn.
Whether it is suspected that your canine might have a meals allergy, your veterinarian might advocate an elimination weight loss plan.
Throughout an elimination weight loss plan, your canine is fed a particular weight loss plan consisting of novel proteins and carbohydrates for a number of weeks to see if the signs enhance.
If the signs do enhance, the canine could also be allergic to a number of of the components of their earlier meals.
As soon as the allergen is recognized, you may swap to a pet food that doesn’t comprise the offending components, which can embrace a uncooked weight loss plan, kibble with out that supply of protein, or a prescription pet food beneficial by your veterinarian (I’m a proponent of making an attempt the previous two first).
7) Pes varus and pes valgus
Pes varus and pes valgus are each angular limb deformities that may happen in any breed, however are extra generally seen in achondroplastic, or dwarf, breeds similar to Dachshunds.
These situations are brought on by uneven development of a pair of bones (bones sitting side-by-side), whereby one bone stops rising prematurely, inflicting the paired bone (which continues to be rising) to bend and twist. (source)
Varus is a Latin time period which means bent inward whereas valgus is a Latin phrase that denotes being bent outward.
Pes varus, also called “bow leggedness,” is a situation the place the legs bend outward on the knees, inflicting the toes to show inward.
A Dachshund with pes varus is typically described as having a membership foot or as strolling like a cowboy.
Pes valgus is a situation the place the legs bend inward on the knees, inflicting the toes to show outward.
This situation can be generally known as a Queen Anne entrance (named for the furnishings type that was common within the time of Queen Anne).
Each pes varus and pes valgus could be brought on by quite a lot of components, together with genetics, development abnormalities, and trauma (like a fall or vigorously exercising a pet too quickly).
Generally, these deformities aren’t sufficient to trigger an excessive amount of additional stress on the joints and a Dachshund can dwell usually.
But when the deformity is excessive sufficient to trigger ache, discomfort, and bother strolling, a Dachshund might require orthopedic units similar to braces or splints, corrective surgical procedure, and/or bodily remedy.
Moreover, retaining your Dachshund at a wholesome weight and offering acceptable train might help cut back the danger of orthopedic points like pes varus.
Dachshunds, like every other breed, can develop diabetes, and a few could also be extra liable to it than others.
In accordance with the American Kennel Membership (AKC), canines can endure from two several types of diabetes.
Insulin-deficiency diabetes (sort 1 diabetes) happens when the canine’s pancreas is broken, or in any other case not functioning correctly, and isn’t producing sufficient insulin.
That is the most typical sort of diabetes in canines and people with such a diabetes want every day photographs to exchange the lacking insulin.
Insulin-resistance diabetes (sort 2 diabetes) happens when the pancreas is producing some insulin, however the canine’s physique isn’t using the insulin because it ought to.
This sort of diabetes can particularly happen in older, overweight canines.
Diabetes could cause a spread of signs similar to elevated thirst and urination, elevated urge for food, weight reduction, lethargy and frequent urinary tract infections.
In case your Dachshund is identified with diabetes, remedy might embrace insulin injections, dietary adjustments, and common blood glucose monitoring.
9) Luxating Patella
The phrase “patella” refers back to the kneecap. “Luxating” means misplaced.
Due to this fact, a luxating patella is an misplaced, or dislocated, kneecap.
Many canines, particularly small canines with bowed legs like Dachshunds, are liable to a luxating patella, as a result of the purpose of the patellar ligament attachment will not be within the heart of the shin bone prefer it ought to be.
In canines with a luxating patella, the kneecap can transfer misplaced and catch (not transfer again into place) whereas strolling or exercising.
It could trigger ache and discomfort and trigger a Dachshund to skip, maintain one leg up within the air whereas transferring, or refuse to stroll.
If the situation is minor, it could not occur incessantly sufficient that one thing must be completed about it or bodily remedy could also be beneficial to strengthen the encircling muscle tissues and ligaments.
Whether it is impacting a canine’s high quality of life an excessive amount of, surgical procedure could also be beneficial.
10) Hip Dysplasia
Folks most frequently hear about hip dysplasia in reference to bigger breeds just like the German Shepherd, however Dachshunds can endure from the situation too (though a number of veterinarians have instructed me that it’s uncommon).
Hip dysplasia is a genetic situation brought on by the irregular improvement of the hip joint, which may end up in the ball and socket not becoming collectively correctly.
Signs embrace ache, stiffness, problem getting up or down, reluctance to climb stairs or soar, lameness, and problem strolling.
Nonetheless, some canines with hip dysplasia might not present any signs in any respect.
In accordance with Pumpkin Pet Insurance,
“Canines can begin displaying indicators of hip dysplasia as early as a number of months previous, however it’s most typical to start out seeing signs in canines one to 2 years of age.
Nonetheless, it’s attainable to not see signs till afterward in a canine’s life, because the illness can develop alongside different illnesses similar to osteoarthritis.”
Remedy for hip dysplasia consists of weight administration, train modification, pain-managing medicines, joint dietary supplements, and surgical procedure.
Dachshunds have a higher-than-average threat of creating some cancers.
This features a specific threat of creating mast cell tumors and squamous cell carcinoma.
Dachshunds can even develop different varieties of cancers, together with testicular most cancers, lymphoma, osteosarcoma, Hemangiosarcoma, anal sac most cancers.
It’s necessary to verify your canine’s pores and skin recurrently for any irregular lumps on or simply beneath the pores and skin’s floor, together with on their toes, and to have your vet verify any lumps you discover.
Different indicators that your canine might need most cancers embrace excessive losses in urge for food and/or vitality.
12) Cardiac Issues
Dachshunds can develop a number of varieties of coronary heart issues, together with mitral valve illness (MVD), dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), aortic stenosis (AS), and congestive coronary heart failure (CHF).
Out of that record, I’ve most frequently heard of Dachshunds with congestive coronary heart failure (CHF).
Nonetheless, because it seems, congestive coronary heart failure is a blanket time period for a situation the place the center is unable to pump blood successfully, resulting in a buildup of fluid within the lungs and different organs.
CHF could be brought on by quite a lot of underlying coronary heart situations, together with mitral valve illness (MVD), dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), and different congenital coronary heart defects.
Signs of CHF in canines can embrace coughing, problem respiration, decreased urge for food, lethargy, and weak spot.
For those who suspect your Dachshund could also be affected by CHF, it’s necessary to seek the advice of with a veterinarian as quickly as attainable for correct prognosis and remedy.
Remedy for CHF in canines might embrace medicines to assist handle signs and enhance coronary heart operate, similar to diuretics to assist take away extra fluid, ACE inhibitors to assist dilate blood vessels and cut back blood strain, and/or constructive inotropes to assist enhance coronary heart contractility.
Along with remedy, a veterinarian might advocate dietary adjustments and train restrictions to assist handle the situation.
Whereas CHF is usually a severe situation, with acceptable remedy and administration, many canines with CHF can lead wholesome and lively lives.
Dachshunds are liable to a number of neurologic issues, together with seizures and epilepsy.
That’s why it’s crucial to know the indicators and what to do if your Dachshund has a seizure.
As with people, seizures in canines are brought on by a misfiring of the mind or an imbalance of mind chemical substances.
Signs can embrace freezing right into a inflexible place, jerking motions, tremors, imbalance, extreme sleeping, or weak spot.
Throughout this irregular mind exercise, a Dachshund will primarily be unconscious however nonetheless awake.
Their physique will act in unusual methods, they usually will be unable to listen to or reply to you.
I skilled one Dachshund seizure in individual and the canine’s physique grew to become stiff, he received a vacant look in his eyes, and he stood in a single place swaying forwards and backwards a bit.
I’ve heard of another Dachshunds urinating or defecating throughout a seizure.
I’ve been instructed that Dachshunds with the dapple gene are genetically liable to common seizures (the one I described above was dapple and so is Summit’s sibling, who’s dapple and has seizures).
Wire-haired Dachshunds are inclined to a selected sort of epilepsy referred to as Lafora’s Illness (see beneath for extra).
In case your Dachshund has a seizure, the veterinarian will run checks. However do bear in mind that generally a definite trigger can’t be discovered.
Remedy for seizures consists of anti-seizure medicines, dietary adjustments, environmental modifications like decreasing stress and triggers and various therapies similar to acupuncture or CBD oil.
14) Lafora Illness
Lafora disease (LD) is an inherited, late onset, progressive myoclonic epilepsy.
It seems as temporary, shock-like jerks of a muscle or a gaggle of muscle tissues that often solely lasts a second or two.
Any Dachshund can have it however there’s a excessive prevalence within the miniature Wirehaired Dachshund – up to 20% of miniature wire hairs can be affected.
15) Eye Issues
Dachshunds are in danger for eye issues like cataracts, glaucoma, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), and dry eye (often known as KCS, or keratoconjunctivitis sicca).
A few of these eye points are extraordinarily painful or could cause blindness if not handled instantly.
Dry eye could cause itchy, irritated eyes, eye redness, weepy eyes (discharge), or a cloudy look.
If one thing seems to be off together with your Dachshund’s eyes, otherwise you assume they might be dropping their sight, see your veterinarian for prognosis and remedy.
Dachshunds can even have cherry eye, which is a situation the place the gland that produces tears prolapses (bulges out) from its regular place, inflicting a purple, swollen mass within the nook of the attention.
Whereas this situation will not be usually severe, it could possibly trigger discomfort and require surgical procedure to appropriate.
I feel it’s additionally value mentioning that older canines can develop nuclear sclerosis (also called lenticular sclerosis) as a traditional getting older of the lens throughout the eye.
It causes a canine’s eyes to have a hazy, blue, cloudy look to them and is commonly confused with glaucoma.
Nonetheless nuclear sclerosis is usually not painful and doesn’t intrude with a canine’s sight.
My senior Dachshund has lived with this situation for over 4 years and it doesn’t have an effect on her imaginative and prescient or high quality of life.
16) Liver Illness
Dachshunds are liable to sure varieties of liver illness, together with hepatic lipidosis (also called fatty liver illness) and portosystemic shunts (PSS).
Hepatic lipidosis is a situation the place fats accumulates within the liver, resulting in liver injury and potential liver failure.
Dachshunds are notably liable to this situation due to their predisposition to weight problems and since they’ve a genetic tendency to retailer fats of their liver.
Signs of hepatic lipidosis in Dachshunds might embrace lack of urge for food, weight reduction, vomiting, and jaundice.
Portosystemic shunts are a congenital situation the place blood move is diverted across the liver so it could possibly’t successfully take away toxins from the bloodstream.
Signs of PSS in Dachshunds might embrace poor development, vomiting, lethargy, and seizures.
For those who suspect your Dachshund could also be affected by liver illness, seek the advice of together with your veterinarian as quickly as attainable for correct prognosis and remedy.
Remedy for liver illness in Dachshunds might embrace dietary adjustments, remedy, and/or surgical procedure.
17) Abdomen Points
It’s not unusual for Dachshund’s to expertise abdomen points.
Some are merely delicate to sure meals or abrupt meals adjustments.
Others can endure from gastroenteritis, a time period referring to abdomen points leading to irritation of the gastrointestinal tract, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis (HGE), and Inflammatory bowel illness (IBD).
Gastroenteritis has an underlying trigger similar to parasites, dietary points, and so on.
HGE can have related signs as gastroenteritis however has a extreme onset and no underlying trigger could be discovered.
The primary signs are bloody diarrhea and sudden onset.
IBD is a situation the place the liner of the abdomen and/or intestines turns into infected, resulting in signs similar to vomiting, diarrhea, and weight reduction.
Dachshunds, due to their propensity to chew, and generally chew issues that aren’t truly meals, are liable to intestinal blockages requiring surgical procedure to take away (my first Dachshund Chester wanted this surgical procedure twice).
Signs of a GI international physique in Dachshunds might embrace vomiting, diarrhea, stomach ache, and lack of urge for food.
Dachshunds are a deep-chested breed so can even develop gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV), also called bloat.
Bloat is a life-threatening situation the place the abdomen turns into distended and might twist, resulting in lowered blood move to the abdomen and different organs.
Nonetheless, I’ve been instructed by a number of veterinarians that this situation could be very uncommon in Dachshunds, regardless of their deep chests (different breeds that generally get it have deep chests too).
Signs of GDV in Dachshunds might embrace restlessness, panting, vomiting, and a distended stomach.
To assist stop abdomen points in Dachshunds, it’s necessary to feed a high-quality weight loss plan, present common train (however not heavy train instantly after consuming), and supervise your canine to stop them from consuming issues they shouldn’t.
Remedy for abdomen points might embrace dietary adjustments, remedy, and/or surgical procedure.
18) Immune System Issues
Dachshunds are liable to a number of varieties of immune system issues, together with allergic reactions, Immunodeficiency issues, and autoimmune illness.
Allergy symptoms have been lined above.
Immunodeficiency issues happen when the immune system is unable to operate correctly, resulting in elevated susceptibility to infections and different well being issues.
An autoimmune illness causes the immune system to assault the physique’s personal tissues and cells.
Dachshunds are liable to a number of varieties of autoimmune illnesses, together with immune-mediated hemolytic anemia, the place the immune system assaults the purple blood cells, and autoimmune thyroiditis, the place the immune system assaults the thyroid gland.
For those who suspect your Dachshund could also be affected by an immune system dysfunction, it’s necessary to seek the advice of with a veterinarian as quickly as attainable for correct prognosis and remedy.
Remedy for immune system issues in Dachshunds might embrace remedy, dietary adjustments, and/or immune system modulators.
Dementia, or canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD) syndrome, will not be Dachshund-specific however it’s common.
CCD is a progressive and irreversible neurodegenerative dysfunction that impacts the mind, resulting in adjustments in conduct, reminiscence, and cognitive operate.
CCD is usually seen in older canines, and its signs could be much like these seen in human Alzheimer’s illness.
The precise reason behind CCD will not be totally understood, however it’s believed to be related to mind adjustments similar to beta-amyloid plaques, oxidative stress, and neuronal demise.
Signs of CCD in canines can embrace confusion, disorientation, adjustments in sleep patterns, lack of curiosity in actions, and adjustments in social conduct.
There isn’t a recognized remedy for CCD, however early detection and remedy might help handle the signs and gradual the development of the illness.
Remedy might embrace remedy, dietary adjustments, and environmental modifications.
Sadly, I had to put my first Dachshund to sleep as a result of his dementia.
Hypothyroidism is a situation the place the thyroid gland doesn’t produce sufficient thyroid hormone, which may result in quite a lot of well being points.
Whereas any breed can develop hypothyroidism, some breeds, together with Dachshunds, could also be extra predisposed to this situation.
Frequent signs of hypothyroidism in canines embrace weight achieve, lethargy, hair loss, pores and skin points, and intolerance to chilly.
Younger dachshunds are likely to get this greater than older canines.
Hypothyroidism could be identified via a blood check that measures the degrees of thyroid hormones within the bloodstream.
In case your Dachshund is identified with hypothyroidism, remedy might embrace remedy to complement the lacking thyroid hormone.
With acceptable remedy, most canines with hypothyroidism can lead wholesome and lively lives.
Be aware: Hypothyroidism and Cushing’s illness (described above) are each hormonal issues, however they’ve completely different underlying causes and signs.
21) Double Dapple Dachshund
A double dapple Dachshund is one which had two dapple mother and father, which may occur on objective, might be a results of unintentional breeding, or might be a failure to well being check to ensure neither Dachshund guardian is a hidden dapple.
Whereas double dapple will not be a real well being situation in itself, a canine that has double dapple (merle) genes incessantly have extreme well being points.
Double Dapple Dachshunds are sometimes mistaken for piebald Dachshunds due to the numerous quantity of white on their physique, however there are a number of methods to inform them aside.
- Piebalds solely have brown eyes. They’ll by no means have blue eyes, or one blue eye, or a blue tick in an eye fixed (source).
The American Kennel Membership (AKC) Dachshund breed customary additionally backs this up: “eyes are by no means partially or wholly blue as distinguished from the dapple sample.”
- For those who have a look at a piebald Dachshund head-on, the coloured areas will cowl each ears and be symmetrical – what you see on the left facet it is best to see mirrored on the precise facet.
- The coloured patches on a piebald have easy, rounded edges. Double dapples may have jagged patches of coloration.
- Double dapples typically have “starburst eyes” – The pupil (black spot within the heart of the attention) may have spiked, jagged, or irregular edges – or misshapen eyes.
The commonest well being points in double dapple Dachshunds are malformed ears, malformed eyes, and deafness and blindness.
Nonetheless, they’ll even have inside deformities and well being points that may’t be seen.
Most double dapples could be noticed as a result of their coat sample and misshapen eyes however a genetic check can even affirm.
As a result of double dapple is genetic, nothing could be completed besides handle the signs.
Though this record of Dachshund well being points could seem lengthy and scary, the vast majority of these listed are merely potentialities and never tremendous widespread.
Essentially the most prevalent Dachshund well being considerations – those I’ve seen most frequently over the past 10+ years, are again issues (IVDD), allergic reactions, Cushing’s illness, seizures, enamel issues, pores and skin points, and weight problems.
Nonetheless, I wished to incorporate each well being situation I feel Dachshund house owners ought to concentrate on.
A very powerful factor you are able to do to guard your Dachshund’s well being is to bear in mind, know your canine’s regular so you may rapidly detect any adjustments, and see your veterinarian instantly if one thing appears off.
Moreover, working with a good breeder who screens their canines for genetic well being points might help cut back the danger of your Dachshund creating orthopedic situations or different genetic well being issues.
Be aware: I’m not professional breeder or towards rescue – I’m simply stating a truth