Being prepared for the unknown

Wouldn’t it be great if we could look into a crystal ball and see into the future? Our pets are family and if they break as owners, we need to be aware that it can be very expensive.  https://www.rspcapetinsurance.org.au/pet-care/pet-ownership/cost-of-pet-ownership...

Neuter/Spray Lifestyle Tips

Should you do it and when is the best time? This is an important topic to consider, especially when it comes down to the long-term joint health of your dog and particularly with respect to IVDD in Dachshunds. Before we begin, please understand that the age a dog is...

Let’s start a conversation about IVDD!

It’s time ALL current and prospective Dachshund owners seriously consider what is required when taking ownership of these extremely high maintenance hounds!  Yes, we understand Dachshunds are simply irresistible and are one of the “must-have” breeds of the...

Forewarned is forearmed

Are you aware that Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) is one of the most common health issues in Dachshunds; with one in four being affected at some stage during their lives? Ref: https://www.dachshundhealth.org.uk/dachslife-2018 We can’t deny how adorable this...

Is your hound walking funny?

If your hound is paralysed or walking in an odd manner, chances are your dog is experiencing a serious disc episode and needs URGENT medical attention. In such an instance, we advise you immediately crate your dog to restrict movement (to prevent further injury) and...

Understand the warning signs & symptoms

We can’t stress enough the importance for all Dachshund owners to be aware and learn to know all the signs and symptoms of back disease and the possibility of a disc herniation. Unfortunately, as not all Veterinary Clinics are familiar with this disease, IVDD can be...

Emergency action plan

Sadly, the first time many owners become aware of IVDD is when their dog becomes paralysed/struggles to walk, and/or stand or has a very pronounced hunch with crippling pain. If you are ever faced with this awful situation, we recommend you take the following action:...

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...

Winer Dog Wine Fundraiser

🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷 WINER DOG WINE FUNDRAISER 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷 Every bottle sold enables DISA to continue spreading Awareness, Education & Support throughout the Australian dachshund community ……...

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...