Position on Euthanasia

IVDD Cautionary Statements

IVDD is one of the worst injuries your doxie can face. It is much like walking through a minefield. There are so many opinions and so much confusing information concerning treatment and care available via the Internet.

DRBC receives calls and emails daily asking how we approach the care of our doxies. The menu below will give you a good idea of how we work to address the needs of our little ones.


IVDD is a scary disease for pet owners. Here are some DRBC do's and don'ts. Remember, DRBC faces these same issues with each doxie in our group that is affected by this illness.

DRBC IVDD Euthanasia Statement

Euthanasia is a personal decision that each pet owner must make based on the condition of their pet. It is always difficult, emotional, and fraught with a tremendous amount of anguish.


That said, DRBC receives many calls each year stating that a general care veterinarian has indicated this is the only course of action available for the treatment of IVDD. NOT TRUE!

Many IVDD dachshunds with or without surgery live happy lives. Euthanasia is the last choice for the downed dachshund, not a first choice. Look for a competent and compassionate veterinarian for your pet's care before reaching this irreversible decision.

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Note: 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.