3 Early Warning Signs of IVDD
The Most Important Thing to Know if you Own a Dachshund
If you own a Dachshund, it is crucial to be aware of Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) in the Dachshund community. Approximately 1 in every 4 Dachshunds will suffer from IVDD in their lifetime.
What Exactly is IVDD?
Intervertebral disc disease is a common condition characterized by the breakdown (degeneration) of one or more of the discs that separate the bones of the spine (vertebrae), causing pain in the back or neck. Sometimes leading in paresis (weakness) or, in worse cases, paralysis.
Knowing the Early Signs of IVDD Can Prevent the Disease From Worsening Which Could Lead to a Very Expensive Surgery
Surgery for IVDD can cost up to $7,000 and multiple surgeries could potentially be required. That being said, let’s look at 3 early warning signs of IVDD so you can make sure your Dachshund gets the best preventative care possible.
If you suspect that your Dachshund is experiencing any of the following signs or symptoms, seek veterinary advice as soon as you can:
#1. SENSITIVITY TO BEING TOUCHED
When you touch your Dachshund he may cry out or yelp in response, and perhaps even act aggressively towards you. In some cases you may even notice your Dachshund avoiding you to prevent you from picking him up or patting him.
#2. UNUSUALLY WITHDRAWN AND QUIET
When your Dachshund is in pain, he may spend a lot of time sleeping or laying down in a place that’s not a part of his normal routine. You might also notice your Dachshund hiding or sitting in an isolated corner.
#3. A HUNCHED BACK
A Dachshund with disc issues tends to develop a hunch in his back – a hunch may be severe or it may also appear in a more subtle manner where it looks like one or two vertebra are protruding from the spine slightly. Your Dachshund may also move around with a slower and shuffled walk and/or have a tense belly.
There are Measures you Can Take at Home to Help Ease the Strain on Your Dachshund’s Spinal Cord:
1. Low impact exercise and play: Avoid exercising your Dachshund in ways that can strain his back (i.e. jumping, wrestling, running up and down stairs, etc…).
2. Avoid allowing your Dachshund to jump on and off furniture. This can strain their spinal cord, which can lead to back injuries over time. A fall off the furniture from a jump can also trigger or worsen the symptoms of IVDD. Use a Dachshund Ramp instead to provide easy access onto the sofa or bed.
Being Aware of IVDD is the First Step
Now that you know some of the early signs of IVDD, hopefully this knowledge can help you catch the disease in its early stages and get the proper care so it doesn’t worsen and result in surgery. Being aware of IVDD is the first step to help ensure a long and healthy life for your Dachshund.