Intervertebral disk disease is a major clinical problem in the dachshund breed. However, by recognising the causes and consequences of the problem, owners may prevent a great deal of difficulties by restricting the amount of excessive jumping and managing the weight of their dogs. In the event disk herniation does occur, veterinary attention should be sought immediately since the earlier medical and surgical intervention are begun, the better the therapeutic outcome.
Extensive world wide scientific research into identifying possible causes of IDD continue. One well tested school of thought from the Scandanavian countries suggests that disk calcification is hereditary and urges breeders not to breed from stock with this problem. In America a DNA clinical test program is currently seeking samples from affected dogs in order to find a definitive answer.
The following link http://dachshund-dca.org/discbook.html is an informative site published by The Dachshund Club of America about this disease.
Another useful site that is hosted by a support group for people whose dachshunds are affected is http://www.dodgerslist.com
The Mogensen 2011 paper “Genome-wide association study in Dachshunds: Identification of a major locus affecting intervertebral disc calcification” is now available,
We have had a lot of discussion regarding IVDD amongst club members, after a lot of research we have found some great recommendations on prevention as well as personal testimonials of those having successfully treated IVDD. Although the vet is always the best place to start, we do recommend alternatives to surgery where possible.
The following link on Vitamin C treatment for IVDD are now available.