IVDD is a lifelong condition; once a spine is affected, it remains susceptible to further issues. While many dachshunds with IVDD recover well over time, there’s a significant risk of severe permanent damage that can be life-changing or life-threatening.

In Australia, many dachshunds enjoy the beach, but soft sand can strain their knees and long backs. To protect them, limit their walking to firm, hard sand and carry them over soft areas.

Walking on soft sand or dunes can lead to future IVDD episodes, regardless of what your vet may suggest. Please avoid it. Stick to hard sand and supervised swimming. If there’s no direct path to hard sand, carry your dog over the soft areas. Being informed is being prepared.

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