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 easily misdiagnosed.
The onus comes down to Dachshund owners learning all about it and what to look out for. If you suspect your dachshund shows any one of the following signs and symptoms, please urgently seek veterinary advice and/or a neurological assessment which is generally performed by a specialist familiar with this disease.
Apart from yelping, common signs of spinal pain are abnormal posture (e.g hunched back with head down), shivering, panting, unwillingness to move, difficulty jumping, and going up and downstairs. In more severe cases, there may be difficulty walking, ranging from poor control of the hind limbs – either weakness or a ‘drunken sailor’ walk – to complete paralysis. Most severe cases have a paralysed bladder and may be unable to urinate and/or dribble urine. The most severe cases are paralysed, have lost bladder function and have lost the ability to feel painful sensations.
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