3 Early Warning Signs of IVDD in Dachshunds

Early warning signs of ivdd

Being Aware of the Early Warning Signs of IVDD

If you own a Dachshund, you need to know about the early warning signs of IVDD. It is extremely important to be aware of Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD). Approximately one in every four 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 to paresis (weakness) or, in worse cases, paralysis.

3 early warning signs of ivdd in dachshunds

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.

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If you suspect that your Dachshund is experiencing any of the following signs or symptoms, seek veterinary advice as soon as you can:


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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.

3 early warning signs of ivdd in dachshunds


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.


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 vertebrae are slightly protruding from the spine. Your Dachshund may also move around with a slower and shuffling walk and/or have a tense belly.

3 early warning signs of ivdd in dachshunds

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 the stairs, etc…).

3 early warning signs of ivdd in dachshunds
2. Always use a dog ramp when you can. If you’re at home, use a ramp for the home. If you are traveling, take along a car ramp. 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 to the sofa or bed.

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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.