Understanding IVDD – research topics

Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) is a mouthful to say and even tricker to understand! DISA has made research a little easier for both owners of IVDD and non IVDD Dachshunds.  Simply click on this link https://ivdd.org.au/helpful-links-research/ The first section is...

Cervical IVDD

The two most common locations of IVDD are thoracolumbar (mid-spine) and cervical (neck).  Dogs with spinal IVDD usually have neurological dysfunction (weakness, inability to walk, etc.) and pain.  Dogs with cervical IVDD often have severe pain alone and it can be...

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Weight & body condition – Lifestyle Tip

Since IVDD is a disease with a strong genetic component it is difficult to prevent.  Dogs at increased risk of IVDD are chondrodystrophic dogs and dogs with a known family history of the disease.  It is important for dogs at risk to maintain healthy body weight and be...

Can my dog have more than one IVDD episode?

A topic that is often asked is “Will my dog have another IVDDD episode even after surgery or having successfully recovered from conservative treatment? The rational answer is “Once a diseased spine, always a diseased spine” But let’s break it down and quote some...

IVDD is not a death sentence

Thankfully, veterinary medicine has come a long way, and IVDD is no longer a death sentence for affected dogs. Check out our website where you can learn about ways you can go about preventing a serious disc episode, what to do in an emergency, how to recognise the...

How do you handle your Dachshund?

Known for their long body & short legs, their unusual proportions can make them tricky to handle. This means that extra care must be taken to support the dog’s back as you pick it up, hold it, and set it back down. Do’sPlace one hand under the chest &...

Lifestyle Tip – Harness versus Collar has been long debated

If your Dachshund is fit, then it really doesn’t matter.  It is important to teach them to walk without pulling ahead of you. The pulling and jerking puts added strain on their whole spines. Investing in good training sessions to learn to walk your dog on a...

Owned by a Dachshund and concerned about IVDD?

Take a deep breath, we’ve got your back! Understand the facts Familiarise yourself with available options such as surgery -v- conservative treatments, rehabilitation and aftercare. IVDD is about living a new normal. There are no guarantees that it won’t happen again...

How is IVDD diagnosed?

Ask any owner who has walked this journey and they would agree, It’s time like this we wish our dogs could talk! Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) may be suspected upon an assessment by your General Veterinary Surgeon; however, we strongly suggest you seek a referral...

Mobility aids

A fact of IVDD is that not all dogs will regain full function following a high-grade IVDD episode. Some remain paraplegic for life and others slowly improve over a period of weeks, months and sometimes even years. Every dog and every case is different. Most Dachshunds...