Each canine breed has a set of medical situations they’re susceptible to. The Dachshund breed isn’t exempt.
There are widespread Dachshund well being points that each proprietor ought to pay attention to to allow them to preserve an eye fixed out for related indicators and signs.
This is not going to solely aid you catch any points early, however it additionally provides you an inventory of choices to debate together with your veterinarian in case one thing appears “off” together with your canine.
Beneath are the highest 21 Dachshund well being points I’ve compiled from 10+ years of learning the breed, having private expertise with over 100, and by studying from different Dachshund house owners.
A few of these well being points have an effect on Dachshunds due to genetics, some are orthopedic points associated to their dimension and form, some are age associated, and a few are simply unhealthy luck.
The High 5 Well being Points in Dachshunds
Beneath are the well being points you might be more than likely to see in Dachshunds.
These are those I’ve personally encountered most frequently and those that I see individuals often asking about in Dachshunds teams.
1) Again Issues
Dachshund back problems are the #1 commonest well being concern seen within the breed.
One in 4 Dachshunds could expertise again points of their lifetime.
In Dachshunds, the vast majority of again issues are brought on by Intervertebral Disk Illness (IVDD)
IVDD is a genetic situation that causes a Dachshund’s spinal disks to harden, dry out, and calcify at a younger age.
In keeping with the University of California – Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (UC Davis), one of many premier analysis amenities for IVDD within the US:
“A Dachshund’s lengthy again and brief limbs (legs) is brought on by Chondrodysplasia (CDPA), generally known as the dwarfism [gene], which interferes with the physique’s regular growth of cartilage.”
Nearly all Dachshunds have at the least one copy of the gene that causes IVDD as a result of it’s additionally what causes the unmistakable “lengthy and low” Dachshund look.
There could also be another genes concerned that haven’t been recognized but so, sadly, right now, there isn’t a dependable test for IVDD.
Disk ruptures, and a subsequent analysis of IVDD, usually happens between the ages of 4 and seven years outdated.
One of the best issues you are able to do to assist decrease again points is preserve your Dachshund at a healthy weight, be sure that they get sufficient muscle-strengthening train, and memorize the warning signs of a Dachshund back injury so you possibly can catch and deal with it early.
2) Weight problems
The Dachshund is listed by Banfield Pet Hospital as one of many high 10 breeds at highest danger of weight problems.
Some Dachshund house owners don’t contemplate pet weight problems a well being concern however the newest Association for Pet Obesity Survey reveals many pet dad and mom and veterinary professionals contemplate it a illness.
The issue is that a good portion of pet dad and mom don’t know what their Dachshund should weigh and fail to acknowledge after they may lose a couple of kilos.
The identical research above discovered that solely 39% of canine house owners contemplate their pet chubby or overweight, which contrasts with quite a few reviews indicating over 50% of canine and cats are chubby.
Being severely chubby can take years off your Dachshund’s life and result in a number of different well being points on this listing, together with arthritis, and a better danger when going underneath anesthesia.
It could actually additionally affect the frequency and severity of disk rupture brought on by Intervertebral Disk Illness (IVDD) as a result of the additional hanging weight places stress on the backbone.
A Dachshund can grow to be chubby at any age however it’s most prevalent in Dachshunds that eat an excessive amount of, don’t train sufficient, and which were spayed or neutered.
3) Cushing’s Illness (Hyperadrenocorticism)
Cushing’s Disease is brought about when the adrenal glands produce an excessive amount of of a steroid hormone known as cortisone.
It may be brought on by both a benign tumor on the pituitary gland or an adrenal gland tumor.
This hormone imbalance often develops slowly, largely happens in outdated age, and may simply be mistaken for indicators of getting older.
Cushing’s Illness signs embrace extreme ingesting, urination accidents in the home, hair loss, elevated urge for food, and weight acquire.
All of these items will be signs of different points too however Cushing’s is the commonest trigger, particularly after they all current on the similar time.
Thankfully, Cushing’s is pretty treatable with oral drugs or surgical procedure to take away the adrenal glands.
4) Dental Points
Dachshunds are predisposed to dental issues due to their small dimension, and the chondrodysplasia talked about above, can lead to the crowding of enamel within the jaw.
When enamel are overcrowded, they will put stress on one another, inflicting microscopic cracks that then grow to be susceptible to periodontal illness.
Crowded enamel are additionally susceptible to lure meals, plaque, and calculus in between them, resulting in an infection and irritation.
One other Dachshund dental concern is damaged enamel.
Dachshunds are actually robust chewers (critically, attempt to discover a toy they will’t destroy) and chunk down arduous.
This mostly ends in a cracked or damaged molar, however canine enamel can break off too.
A damaged tooth usually causes ache so it should should be eliminated.
You may assist preserve your Dachshund’s enamel wholesome with an excellent house dental routine, which may embrace brushing or cleaning your dog’s teeth without a toothbrush.
You may additionally need to contemplate the occasional anesthesia-free dog teeth cleaning from a licensed skilled to assist preserve the buildup of tartar down.
In case your Dachshund’s enamel get actually soiled, otherwise you see indicators of an infection, they may possible require a radical cleansing, and x-ray, on the vet underneath anesthesia.
5) Pores and skin Points
Dachshunds are susceptible to 3 major pores and skin situations – irritation and yeast overgrowth, dry, flaky pores and skin, and alopecia (baldness).
Yeast and flaky pores and skin
Yeast overgrowth on the pores and skin in canine will be brought on by meals or environmental allergic reactions, hormonal imbalances, poor hygiene, immune system issues, antibiotic use, or extra moisture.
Dry, flaky pores and skin is most frequently brought on by bathing an excessive amount of, allergic reactions, or genetics.
The signs of each will be comparable and embrace itching and scratching, pores and skin redness and irritation, and, within the case of a yeast an infection, greasy or oily pores and skin and a foul odor.
For those who suspect the reason for your canine’s pores and skin points is a yeast an infection, and common bathing and protecting the pores and skin dry doesn’t make it go away, then it’s greatest to seek the advice of together with your vet to find out the most effective treatment.
Which will embrace switching your canine’s eating regimen to keep away from allergens, medicated shampoos, topical lotions or ointments, and/or oral remedy reminiscent of antifungal medication.
In case your Dachshund is merely itching as a result of dry, flaky pores and skin, you could need to strive bathing them rather less typically (that is how often you should bathe your Dachshund) and including omega-3 fish oils to their meals.
Doing each of these items cured my first Dachshund’s itchiness and flaky pores and skin.
Altering your Dachshund’s eating regimen, and utilizing these tips to help prevent and address common Dachshund skin conditions, might help too.
Baldness in Dachshunds is primarily brought on by one thing known as coloration dilution alopecia (CDA).
This situation is commonest in “dilute” coloration Dachshunds like blue and isabella and is related to the genes that trigger this coloring.
Due to this, there isn’t a lot you are able to do besides handle signs and assist with warmth regulation (with Dachshund jackets, and so on.).
Pinnal Alopecia – hair loss particularly on the ears – can be widespread in Dachshunds and will be developed by any of them, no matter age or coloration.
This situation can generally be mitigated by rubbing a pores and skin soothing balm or coconut oil on the ends of the ears however could require a vet go to in the event that they crack or get contaminated.
Different Potential Well being Issues
Whereas among the well being points listed under are much less widespread in Dachshunds, all of them happen often sufficient to say.
6) Meals Allergic reactions
Meals allergic reactions happen when the immune system reacts abnormally to a protein or different ingredient within the canine’s meals.
Dachshunds, like another breed, can develop meals allergic reactions, and a few could also be extra susceptible to it than others.
Allergic reactions could be a downside on their very own however most usually exacerbate different points reminiscent of pores and skin points and gastrointestinal issues.
Pet food allergic reactions are additionally the commonest offender of ear infections, which may trigger a yeast overgrowth main to go shaking, scratching on the ears, and a foul odor.
Frequent meals allergens for canine embrace beef, hen, dairy, wheat, soy, and corn.
Whether it is suspected that your canine could have a meals allergy, your veterinarian could suggest an elimination eating regimen.
Throughout an elimination eating regimen, your canine is fed a particular eating regimen consisting of novel proteins and carbohydrates for a number of weeks to see if the signs enhance.
If the signs do enhance, the canine could also be allergic to a number of of the substances of their earlier meals.
As soon as the allergen is recognized, you possibly can swap to a pet food that doesn’t include the offending substances, which can embrace a uncooked eating regimen, kibble with out that supply of protein, or a prescription pet food beneficial by your veterinarian (I’m a proponent of making an attempt the previous two first).
7) Pes varus and pes valgus
Pes varus and pes valgus are each angular limb deformities that may happen in any breed, however are extra generally seen in achondroplastic, or dwarf, breeds reminiscent of Dachshunds.
These situations are brought on by uneven development of a pair of bones (bones sitting side-by-side), whereby one bone stops rising prematurely, inflicting the paired bone (which continues to be rising) to bend and twist. (source)
Varus is a Latin time period which means bent inward whereas valgus is a Latin phrase that denotes being bent outward.
Pes varus, often known as “bow leggedness,” is a situation the place the legs bend outward on the knees, inflicting the ft to show inward.
A Dachshund with pes varus is typically described as having a membership foot or as strolling like a cowboy.
Pes valgus is a situation the place the legs bend inward on the knees, inflicting the ft to show outward.
This situation can be generally known as a Queen Anne entrance (named for the furnishings fashion that was well-liked within the time of Queen Anne).
Each pes varus and pes valgus will be brought on by a wide range of components, together with genetics, development abnormalities, and trauma (like a fall or vigorously exercising a pet too quickly).
Generally, these deformities are usually not sufficient to trigger an excessive amount of further stress on the joints and a Dachshund can reside usually.
But when the deformity is excessive sufficient to trigger ache, discomfort, and bother strolling, a Dachshund could require orthopedic units reminiscent of braces or splints, corrective surgical procedure, and/or bodily remedy.
Moreover, protecting your Dachshund at a wholesome weight and offering applicable train might help scale back the chance of orthopedic points like pes varus.
Dachshunds, like another breed, can develop diabetes, and a few could also be extra susceptible to it than others.
In keeping with the American Kennel Membership (AKC), canine can undergo from two various kinds of diabetes.
Insulin-deficiency diabetes (sort 1 diabetes) happens when the canine’s pancreas is broken, or in any other case not functioning correctly, and isn’t producing sufficient insulin.
That is the commonest sort of diabetes in canine and people with such a diabetes want each day photographs to interchange the lacking insulin.
Insulin-resistance diabetes (sort 2 diabetes) happens when the pancreas is producing some insulin, however the canine’s physique isn’t using the insulin because it ought to.
Any such diabetes can particularly happen in older, overweight canine.
Diabetes could cause a spread of signs reminiscent of elevated thirst and urination, elevated urge for food, weight reduction, lethargy and frequent urinary tract infections.
In case your Dachshund is recognized with diabetes, therapy could embrace insulin injections, dietary modifications, and common blood glucose monitoring.
9) Luxating Patella
The phrase “patella” refers back to the kneecap. “Luxating” means misplaced.
Subsequently, a luxating patella is an misplaced, or dislocated, kneecap.
Many canine, particularly small canine with bowed legs like Dachshunds, are susceptible to a luxating patella, as a result of the purpose of the patellar ligament attachment isn’t within the heart of the shin bone prefer it ought to be.
In canine with a luxating patella, the kneecap can transfer misplaced and catch (not transfer again into place) whereas strolling or exercising.
It could actually trigger ache and discomfort and trigger a Dachshund to skip, maintain one leg up within the air whereas shifting, or refuse to stroll.
If the situation is minor, it might not occur often sufficient that one thing must be executed about it or bodily remedy could also be beneficial to strengthen the encompassing muscle groups and ligaments.
Whether it is impacting a canine’s high quality of life an excessive amount of, surgical procedure could also be beneficial.
10) Hip Dysplasia
Individuals most frequently hear about hip dysplasia in reference to bigger breeds just like the German Shepherd, however Dachshunds can undergo from the situation too (though a number of veterinarians have instructed me that it’s uncommon).
Hip dysplasia is a genetic situation brought on by the irregular growth of the hip joint, which can lead to the ball and socket not becoming collectively correctly.
Signs embrace ache, stiffness, issue getting up or down, reluctance to climb stairs or soar, lameness, and issue strolling.
Nonetheless, some canine with hip dysplasia could not present any signs in any respect.
In keeping with Pumpkin Pet Insurance,
“Canine can begin displaying indicators of hip dysplasia as early as a couple of months outdated, however it’s commonest to begin seeing signs in canine one to 2 years of age.
Nonetheless, it’s doable to not see signs till in a while in a canine’s life, because the illness can develop alongside different illnesses reminiscent of osteoarthritis.”
Remedy for hip dysplasia contains weight administration, train modification, pain-managing drugs, joint dietary supplements, and surgical procedure.
Dachshunds have a higher-than-average danger of creating some cancers.
This features a specific danger of creating mast cell tumors and squamous cell carcinoma.
Dachshunds also can develop different kinds of cancers, together with testicular most cancers, lymphoma, osteosarcoma, Hemangiosarcoma, anal sac most cancers.
It’s necessary to test your canine’s pores and skin recurrently for any irregular lumps on or simply underneath the pores and skin’s floor, together with on their ft, and to have your vet test any lumps you discover.
Different indicators that your canine may need most cancers embrace excessive losses in urge for food and/or vitality.
12) Cardiac Issues
Dachshunds can develop a number of kinds of coronary heart issues, together with mitral valve illness (MVD), dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), aortic stenosis (AS), and congestive coronary heart failure (CHF).
Out of that listing, I’ve most frequently heard of Dachshunds with congestive coronary heart failure (CHF).
Nonetheless, because it seems, congestive coronary heart failure is a blanket time period for a situation the place the guts is unable to pump blood successfully, resulting in a buildup of fluid within the lungs and different organs.
CHF will be brought on by a wide range of underlying coronary heart situations, together with mitral valve illness (MVD), dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), and different congenital coronary heart defects.
Signs of CHF in canine can embrace coughing, issue respiratory, decreased urge for food, lethargy, and weak spot.
For those who suspect your Dachshund could also be affected by CHF, it’s necessary to seek the advice of with a veterinarian as quickly as doable for correct analysis and therapy.
Remedy for CHF in canine could embrace drugs to assist handle signs and enhance coronary heart perform, reminiscent of diuretics to assist take away extra fluid, ACE inhibitors to assist dilate blood vessels and scale back blood stress, and/or constructive inotropes to assist enhance coronary heart contractility.
Along with remedy, a veterinarian could suggest dietary modifications and train restrictions to assist handle the situation.
Whereas CHF could be a critical situation, with applicable therapy and administration, many canine with CHF can lead wholesome and energetic lives.
Dachshunds are susceptible to a number of neurologic issues, together with seizures and epilepsy.
That’s why it’s crucial to know the indicators and what to do if your Dachshund has a seizure.
As with people, seizures in canine are brought on by a misfiring of the mind or an imbalance of mind chemical compounds.
Signs can embrace freezing right into a inflexible place, jerking motions, tremors, imbalance, extreme sleeping, or weak spot.
Throughout this irregular mind exercise, a Dachshund will basically be unconscious however nonetheless awake.
Their physique will act in unusual methods, and so they won’t be able to listen to or reply to you.
I skilled one Dachshund seizure in particular person and the canine’s physique grew to become stiff, he obtained a vacant look in his eyes, and he stood in a single place swaying backwards and forwards somewhat.
I’ve heard of another Dachshunds urinating or defecating throughout a seizure.
I’ve been instructed that Dachshunds with the dapple gene are genetically susceptible to common seizures (the one I described above was dapple and so is Summit’s sibling, who’s dapple and has seizures).
Wire-haired Dachshunds are inclined to a particular sort of epilepsy known as Lafora’s Illness (see under for extra).
In case your Dachshund has a seizure, the veterinarian will run checks. However do bear in mind that generally a definite trigger can’t be discovered.
Remedy for seizures contains anti-seizure drugs, dietary modifications, environmental modifications like decreasing stress and triggers and different therapies reminiscent of acupuncture or CBD oil.
14) Lafora Illness
Lafora disease (LD) is an inherited, late onset, progressive myoclonic epilepsy.
It seems as temporary, shock-like jerks of a muscle or a bunch of muscle groups that often solely lasts a second or two.
Any Dachshund can have it however there’s a excessive prevalence within the miniature Wirehaired Dachshund – up to 20% of miniature wire hairs can be affected.
15) Eye Issues
Dachshunds are in danger for eye issues like cataracts, glaucoma, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), and dry eye (often known as KCS, or keratoconjunctivitis sicca).
A few of these eye points are extraordinarily painful or could cause blindness if not handled instantly.
Dry eye could cause itchy, irritated eyes, eye redness, weepy eyes (discharge), or a cloudy look.
If one thing seems to be off together with your Dachshund’s eyes, otherwise you suppose they could be shedding their sight, see your veterinarian for analysis and therapy.
Dachshunds also can have cherry eye, which is a situation the place the gland that produces tears prolapses (bulges out) from its regular place, inflicting a purple, swollen mass within the nook of the attention.
Whereas this situation isn’t usually critical, it may possibly trigger discomfort and require surgical procedure to appropriate.
I feel it’s additionally price mentioning that older canine can develop nuclear sclerosis (often known as lenticular sclerosis) as a traditional getting older of the lens inside the eye.
It causes a canine’s eyes to have a hazy, blue, cloudy look to them and is usually confused with glaucoma.
Nonetheless nuclear sclerosis is usually not painful and doesn’t intrude with a canine’s sight.
My senior Dachshund has lived with this situation for over 4 years and it doesn’t have an effect on her imaginative and prescient or high quality of life.
16) Liver Illness
Dachshunds are susceptible to sure kinds of liver illness, together with hepatic lipidosis (often known as fatty liver illness) and portosystemic shunts (PSS).
Hepatic lipidosis is a situation the place fats accumulates within the liver, resulting in liver harm and potential liver failure.
Dachshunds are notably susceptible to this situation due to their predisposition to weight problems and since they’ve a genetic tendency to retailer fats of their liver.
Signs of hepatic lipidosis in Dachshunds could embrace lack of urge for food, weight reduction, vomiting, and jaundice.
Portosystemic shunts are a congenital situation the place blood move is diverted across the liver so it may possibly’t successfully take away toxins from the bloodstream.
Signs of PSS in Dachshunds could embrace poor development, vomiting, lethargy, and seizures.
For those who suspect your Dachshund could also be affected by liver illness, seek the advice of together with your veterinarian as quickly as doable for correct analysis and therapy.
Remedy for liver illness in Dachshunds could embrace dietary modifications, remedy, and/or surgical procedure.
17) Abdomen Points
It’s not unusual for Dachshund’s to expertise abdomen points.
Some are merely delicate to sure meals or abrupt meals modifications.
Others can undergo from gastroenteritis, a time period referring to abdomen points leading to irritation of the gastrointestinal tract, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis (HGE), and Inflammatory bowel illness (IBD).
Gastroenteritis has an underlying trigger reminiscent of parasites, dietary points, and so on.
HGE can have comparable signs as gastroenteritis however has a extreme onset and no underlying trigger will be discovered.
The principle signs are bloody diarrhea and sudden onset.
IBD is a situation the place the liner of the abdomen and/or intestines turns into infected, resulting in signs reminiscent of vomiting, diarrhea, and weight reduction.
Dachshunds, due to their propensity to chew, and generally chew issues that aren’t really meals, are susceptible to intestinal blockages requiring surgical procedure to take away (my first Dachshund Chester wanted this surgical procedure twice).
Signs of a GI international physique in Dachshunds could embrace vomiting, diarrhea, belly ache, and lack of urge for food.
Dachshunds are a deep-chested breed so also can develop gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV), often known as bloat.
Bloat is a life-threatening situation the place the abdomen turns into distended and may twist, resulting in decreased blood move to the abdomen and different organs.
Nonetheless, I’ve been instructed by a number of veterinarians that this situation could be very uncommon in Dachshunds, regardless of their deep chests (different breeds that generally get it have deep chests too).
Signs of GDV in Dachshunds could embrace restlessness, panting, vomiting, and a distended stomach.
To assist forestall abdomen points in Dachshunds, it’s necessary to feed a high-quality eating regimen, present common train (however not heavy train instantly after consuming), and supervise your canine to stop them from consuming issues they shouldn’t.
Remedy for abdomen points could embrace dietary modifications, remedy, and/or surgical procedure.
18) Immune System Issues
Dachshunds are susceptible to a number of kinds of immune system issues, together with allergic reactions, Immunodeficiency issues, and autoimmune illness.
Allergic reactions have been coated above.
Immunodeficiency issues happen when the immune system is unable to perform correctly, resulting in elevated susceptibility to infections and different well being issues.
An autoimmune illness causes the immune system to assault the physique’s personal tissues and cells.
Dachshunds are susceptible to a number of kinds of autoimmune illnesses, together with immune-mediated hemolytic anemia, the place the immune system assaults the purple blood cells, and autoimmune thyroiditis, the place the immune system assaults the thyroid gland.
For those who suspect your Dachshund could also be affected by an immune system dysfunction, it’s necessary to seek the advice of with a veterinarian as quickly as doable for correct analysis and therapy.
Remedy for immune system issues in Dachshunds could embrace remedy, dietary modifications, and/or immune system modulators.
Dementia, or canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD) syndrome, isn’t Dachshund-specific however it is not uncommon.
CCD is a progressive and irreversible neurodegenerative dysfunction that impacts the mind, resulting in modifications in conduct, reminiscence, and cognitive perform.
CCD is often seen in older canine, and its signs will be much like these seen in human Alzheimer’s illness.
The precise reason behind CCD isn’t totally understood, however it’s believed to be related to mind modifications reminiscent of beta-amyloid plaques, oxidative stress, and neuronal demise.
Signs of CCD in canine can embrace confusion, disorientation, modifications in sleep patterns, lack of curiosity in actions, and modifications in social conduct.
There isn’t a recognized treatment for CCD, however early detection and therapy might help handle the signs and gradual the development of the illness.
Remedy could embrace remedy, dietary modifications, and environmental modifications.
Sadly, I had to put my first Dachshund to sleep as a result of his dementia.
Hypothyroidism is a situation the place the thyroid gland doesn’t produce sufficient thyroid hormone, which may result in a wide range of well being points.
Whereas any breed can develop hypothyroidism, some breeds, together with Dachshunds, could also be extra predisposed to this situation.
Frequent signs of hypothyroidism in canine embrace weight acquire, lethargy, hair loss, pores and skin points, and intolerance to chilly.
Younger dachshunds are likely to get this greater than older canine.
Hypothyroidism will be recognized by a blood take a look at that measures the degrees of thyroid hormones within the bloodstream.
In case your Dachshund is recognized with hypothyroidism, therapy could embrace remedy to complement the lacking thyroid hormone.
With applicable therapy, most canine with hypothyroidism can lead wholesome and energetic lives.
Notice: Hypothyroidism and Cushing’s illness (described above) are each hormonal issues, however they’ve totally different underlying causes and signs.
21) Double Dapple Dachshund
A double dapple Dachshund is one which had two dapple dad and mom, which may occur on goal, may very well be a results of unintentional breeding, or may very well be a failure to well being take a look at to ensure neither Dachshund mum or dad is a hidden dapple.
Whereas double dapple isn’t a real well being situation in itself, a canine that has double dapple (merle) genes often have extreme well being points.
Double Dapple Dachshunds are sometimes mistaken for piebald Dachshunds due to the numerous quantity of white on their physique, however there are a couple of methods to inform them aside.
- Piebalds solely have brown eyes. They’ll by no means have blue eyes, or one blue eye, or a blue tick in an eye fixed (source).
The American Kennel Membership (AKC) Dachshund breed commonplace additionally backs this up: “eyes are by no means partially or wholly blue as distinguished from the dapple sample.”
- For those who have a look at a piebald Dachshund head-on, the coloured areas will cowl each ears and be symmetrical – what you see on the left aspect you must see mirrored on the best aspect.
- The coloured patches on a piebald have easy, rounded edges. Double dapples could have jagged patches of coloration.
- Double dapples typically have “starburst eyes” – The pupil (black spot within the heart of the attention) could have spiked, jagged, or irregular edges – or misshapen eyes.
The most typical well being points in double dapple Dachshunds are malformed ears, malformed eyes, and deafness and blindness.
Nonetheless, they will even have inside deformities and well being points that may’t be seen.
Most double dapples will be noticed as a result of their coat sample and misshapen eyes however a genetic take a look at also can affirm.
As a result of double dapple is genetic, nothing will be executed besides handle the signs.
Though this listing of Dachshund well being points could seem lengthy and scary, the vast majority of these listed are merely potentialities and never tremendous widespread.
Probably the most prevalent Dachshund well being considerations – those I’ve seen most frequently over the past 10+ years, are again issues (IVDD), allergic reactions, Cushing’s illness, seizures, enamel issues, pores and skin points, and weight problems.
Nonetheless, I needed to incorporate each well being situation I feel Dachshund house owners ought to pay attention to.
An important factor you are able to do to guard your Dachshund’s well being is to bear in mind, know your canine’s regular so you possibly can shortly detect any modifications, and see your veterinarian instantly if one thing appears off.
Moreover, working with a good breeder who screens their canine for genetic well being points might help scale back the chance of your Dachshund creating orthopedic situations or different genetic well being issues.
Notice: I’m not professional breeder or towards rescue – I’m simply stating a reality