An extremely informative health seminar was held in the function room at Durack on the afternoon of Saturday 12 March, hosted by the dedicated people from Devoted 2 Dachshunds Rescue (D2DR). 

Guest speakers were the wonderful staff from the Animal Referral Hospital in Jindalee (ARH) headed up by specialist veterinarians Dr Lance Wilson and Dr Jarrod Drew.  These vets spend many long hours, often over weekends and late at night, caring for animals with severe health issues.  They are particularly renowned as experts in the field of IVDD (Invertebral Disk Disease) in dachshunds and have saved the lives of many dachshunds over the years, enabling them to go on to live happy, carefree and importantly mobile lives, after surgery. 

Dr Christine Thomson, a neurology specialist, kicked off the presentation speaking very eloquently about genetics in dachshunds, giving an easy to understand explanation of what happens when the spinal discs rupture.  She was followed by Dr Jarrod Drew and Dr Lance Wilson speaking in more detail about IVDD and Pes Varus, giving case studies.  There was also some wonderful tips and information from the team physiotherapist Sally Elsom, on how you can help your dog with massage therapy to get them walking again. 

The event was well attended in person, with some lovely lucky draws on offer and yummy refreshments provided by Wagz CafĂ©. Approximately another 50 people attended online via zoom.  The team at ARH have agreed to record their entire presentation and a link to the recording will be forwarded to everyone who purchased a ticket to the event, whether in person or online.    All the proceeds raised from this event go to D2DR to assist with the rescue and fostering of dachshunds that have been relinquished to them for care.

Click here to see photos of the Health Seminar