Dachshund disc problems
smaller when shared
By Linda Stowe, founder, Dodgerslist
WHENEVER I am out with my dogs, without fail someone stops to tell me about a dachshund their grandmother, neighbour, or friend used to own. It seems everyone has at least a brief acquaintance with this unique little dog.
|The dachshund is a well-loved breed and unlike this lucky little fellow many have back problems - but there is a lot that can be done to help these lovely dogs.
Dachshunds are perennially listed near the top of the "most popular" breeds. They come in two sizes, three coat types and several colours. They compete at field trials, agility, earthdog trials, obedience ... and they want to sleep next to you. They are fiercely loyal, devoted, affectionate, single-minded and truth be told a little stubborn. All in all they are perfect companions.
This beloved breed has a problem called Inter-vertebral Degenerative Disc Disease (IVDD) that means they are frequently paralysed - premature degeneration of the disc. In the past this demon disease has put many a youngster down for the count. But through dedication and medical advances there is now hope. These little wonders and other short stature dogs similarly affected no longer need to face the death sentence of old.
With the inception of the Internet many groups have been formed to share their collective experience with remedies that have worked, medically and surgically. New treatments such as acupuncture and hydrotherapy, combined with exercises, are showing much promise. Also, there are now devices (carts) to assist those who are at their lowest point to regain mobility.
Yes, these little giants want to live. If you have a dachshund or a breed that suffers from disc-related problems, please join our group. We understand and care. Contact: Dodgerslist http://www.dodgerslist.com.