What is IVDD?
Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) is very common in dachshunds. Research has shown around 1 in 4 dachshunds will experience an episode in their lifetime. It is really important to look after your dachshunds back and limit jumping off furniture to prevent it.
What are the signs and symptoms of IVDD?
Signs and symptoms include back pain, shivering and in-coordination which if left can lead to paralysis.
Is there any treatment for IVDD?
Yes, surgical or conservative treatment can be used in cases of IVDD.
What should you do if you think your dachshund is showing signs and symptoms of IVDD?
If you suspect your dog has a back problem or is showing any of the above signs arrange to see your vet immediately. The sooner your dog is diagnosed the better the outcome.
For more information on IVDD visit the following sites:
If your dachshund does get IVDD it can be a very frightening experience. There are lots of great support groups that can help:
Dedicated to Dachshunds with IVDD
Dodgerslist- Disc Disease – IVDD Education & Support
The K9 Back Pack, IVDD information and support
IVDD and Other Back Disorders in Dachshunds
Healing Hearts ~ Loss to Myelomalacia/IVDD