daschund health issues

Dachshund health problems are similar in both the standard and miniature size; it is clear that spinal problems and other health problems are hereditary, and responsible breeders are endeavoring to eliminate these problems.

Be aware of encouraging too much jumping (on furniture - into car) as this causes shock on the disks, when lifting and carrying support his weight both front and rear, so his spine is not stressed. Dachshunds are tough little dogs so these are just precautions, to help prevent any problems occurring.

Obesity

It is important to watch your dachshund's diet as you do not want your dog to get overweight, the extra weight puts strain on the spine and these dogs are predisposed to slipped or ruptured disks. Regular exercise should be a part of any dachshund health program.

Intervertebral Disk Disease

This is one of the common dachshund health problems, selective breeding from parents who show no sign of the disease is one way of preventing this condition. In less severe cases there is a possibility of recovery by treating with drugs, and complete rest. Surgery is also an option in more severe cases. Some dietary supplements may be helpful in same cases. Over weight dogs are more prone to this disease.

Seizures

These may be diagnosed as epilepsy if the seizures are repeated and for no particular reason these may be controlled with medication.

Mammary Tumors

These tumors in both male and female, spaying before the 1st heat cycle or neutering at an early age will reduce the risk of these tumors by 98% Most dogs have 5 mammary glands on each side 10 in total. The larger the breast tumor is the greater the risk of it spreading. Not all tumors are malignant almost 50% found are benign. Treatment often involves surgery also chemotherapy.

Heart worm

Heart worms are a major problem for all dogs. The development of heart worms can be a life threatening disease that is caused by live worms in the heart, blood vessels and lungs. The heart worm larvae are carried by a mosquito that bites the dog.

Heart worms grow up to 10-12 inches long and become fully grown approximately one year after the dog was first infected. The worms can live in the dog for 5 years or more. The number of worms in the individual dog can be from one to more than 200, and the number of worms directly affects the severity of the disease.

The best protection against this disease is prevention and should be part of your dachshund health program, there are several treatment options available – tablets and chewables taken regularly on a daily or monthly basis or a 6 monthly injection, consult your vet for the best option for your dachshund. Some of the common signs of this disease – cough, not wanting exercise and unusual lung sounds.

Check with your vet on any other dachshund health problems that you may feel your dog has developed.