IVDD Prevention Steps
Every dachshund owner fears the worst when it comes to the
well-being of their doxies spine. Time after time we are asked what we
do to prevent this tragic disease. Prevention is not a word we use for
the steps we take here; it is thought of as risk management. How can we
lower or manage the risk of trauma?
Here are some suggestions:
Keep your dachshund fit and trim. Look to the breed standard for what your dachshund should look like.
Feed a diet enriched in joint supplements such as Royal Canin JS.
additional joint supplements before serving their main meal. Potency
can be an issue with dry kibble as it is shipped and stored.
your doxie regularly in an age appropriate manner. Remember that
although both a 2 year old and a 9 year old are both at risk, their
level of exercise tolerance is different.
Try to avoid activities that inflict trauma including jumping and twisting motions [down from bed, dancing, etc].
adding a new dachshund to your family, choose your breeder carefully.
Ask about the incidence of IVDD in their lines and always look to the American Kennel Club [AKC] for responsible breeders in
to lift properly. Here is a video on the correct way to lift your
doxie. Talk to your veterinarian if you are not sure where and how to
position your hands to provide a lift that insures a level spine.
that the back is always supported and straight throughout the lifting
process and that the doxie is placed back on the floor gently.
Please drop us a note if you have found other ways to manage the risks for your doxies. We want to hear from you.
There are no 'over-the-counter' fixes for IVDD.
Please consult a qualified veterinarian before using any medications or
OTC products with your dachshund.
The information offered herein is for informational and educational and
informational purposes only. Seek the timely care of a licensed
veterinarian or veterinary surgeon if you believe your dog is exhibiting
any of the signs or symptoms of IVDD. This website does not seek to
diagnose or treat IVDD.
DACHSHUND RESCUE OF BUCKS COUNTY & NJ
181 Gilbert Drive
Morrisville, PA 19067
Tel: 215-736-3338 Fax:267-390-5191