Sand – why soft sand should be avoided

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...

Nails

Keeping nails at a safe length Most Dachshunds get away with long nails because they are too smart for their own good! They fool their owners into thinking that nail clipping or dremeling is devil torture. Don’t let the little darlings fool you, when you hear...

Slippery Floor Syndrome

A no-no for dogs and a BIG NO NO for IVDD hounds! Our hounds can be ticking time bombs when it comes to the health of their spines. Statistics tell us that 1:4 will be affected during their lifetime, some worse than others. As an owner, it’s important to...

Crate & Pen Rest – why it’s crucial

Whoever said crate resting a Dachshund was easy needs to be hunted down and locked in a room full of IVDD sausages without earplugs for a week :-/> When a human is admitted to hospital for back surgery they are confined to a bed, topped up with medication and...

Surgery or Conservative – Which one?

I have taken two hounds through both conservative and surgical pathways (both Grade 5) and have an open mind to both;  it primarily comes down to the dog, the preparedness of the owner and most importantly what access you have to services in your area that are...