Monday, October 20, 2014

IVDD - Again-Repost

It's great to see six years after my original IVDD post....people are still commenting...but just so we are clear...please, please educate yourselves about IVDD...learn the warning signs & symptoms. If you allow your dachshund to jump off furniture & stairs....then be prepared and realize when he or she suddenly cannot walk & experiences symptoms of's likely a back issue!!

If you have a dachshund, discuss with your vet BEFOREHAND the steps to take in the event of a back problem...your dog cannot speak for you have to be the knowledgeable one! Not all vets do what is best for a dog with an IVDD issue....if you are unhappy with the answers your vet additional assistance!

And so you are aware, if your dog goes into is expensive!! So don't get all surprised or indignant at a $2,000-$3,00 vet is not the time to cry "hard times"!! You decided to obtain a dachshund....if money is an issue....this is not the breed for you! Or upon obtaining a dachshund....spend a few dollars each month for pet insurance!! Your dachshund will thank you for it!

And lastly...I don't know of any organizations that pay for your vet bills...if there are...send me their names so I can benefit too!

Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD) in Dachshunds

What is It?

IVDD is a debilitating and costly disease that affects dachshunds (and other breeds as well, such as (but not limited to) Corgis, Papillions, Basset Hounds and Miniature Pinschers.) IVDD is particularly prevalent in Dachshunds, an estimated 1 in 5 dogs will suffer from IVDD. The increased risk in specific breeds demonstrates a very strong genetic component, which is worsened when irresponsible breeders do little in correcting this defect. The chance of a healthier dachshund is better when purchased from a responsible breeder. While it is extremely important to research any breed you may be interested in obtaining, it is equally important to reseach the breeder. For a list of responsible breeders in the Maritimes - under Atlantic is a great place to start. As is the Canadian Kennel Club website.

But back to IVDD. The dog's spine is made up of several small bones, called vertebrae. They extend from the base of the skull to the end of the tail. The vertebrae are connected by flexible discs made of cartilage called "intervertebral disc", which cushions between each bone and allow the neck, spine & tail to bend. Running through the vertebrae is the spinal cord - which is made up of nerves.

Restricting jumping, stairs and your dachshund's weight are all important factors in preventing an injury.

What are the symptoms of IVDD?

*Quiet, lethargic, stiff or hunched back
*Sensitive when touching the neck or back area
*Shivering or shaking
*Crying when moving
*Poor appetite
*Dragging rear legs
*Uncontrollable bladder and bowel movements

What to Do if your Dachshund Shows Signs of IVDD

-If your dachshund displays any of the above symptoms - crate him/her immediately to keep him still and quiet while seeking veterinary help immediately. (Cannot stress this strong enough!!)

-The longer the disc disease goes on without treatment, the worse the problem will become and the less chances for a recovery!

-If the problem has been diagnosed as disc disease, sometimes only crate rest is advised by the veterinarian. Strictly confine your dachshund to a crate for a peiod of at least 6 weeks or how long your veterinarian prescribes. This will allow the scar tissue to heal over the herniated outer portion of the disc. The only movement allowed should be to go to the bathroom - food, water, treats should be given in the crate.

-If your veterinarian advises putting your dachshund to sleep - you can seek alternative methods such as acupuncture or holistic veterinarian. Never give up! Too many dogs have and are still being un-necessarily euthanized.

-If permanent or partial paralysis is resulted from IVDD - dachshunds have been known to live long and healthy lives using wheelcarts. Paul Coover in Maine has not one, but two "cart" dogs. You can check out his blog at

-Join Dodgerlist - - a wonderful group devoted to helping those with dogs suffering from IVDD or want to learn more about the disease.

This is but a small over-view of IVDD. My personal experience with this disease has taught me to be on my guard and watchful of my dachshunds.


Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

This is one of the SCARIEST thingys that can happen with us.

Lovable Lily said...

What a great and informative post! We experienced the horrors of IVDD 3 years ago with Lily Belle. Our bill was $7,000. (but she was worth every penny.)

Lily Belle & Muffin