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You're in the perfect spot to expand your knowledge about Dachshunds! It's important to recognize that Dachshunds may not be suitable for every household. Here are some valuable resources to guide you in understanding what it entails to welcome a new long-bodied friend into your life before making the commitment.
Dachshunds are a breed particularly prone to a health condition known as Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD). IVDD is a spinal disorder that primarily affects the intervertebral discs, which act as cushions between the vertebrae of the spine. In Dachshunds, this condition is more prevalent due to their long bodies and short legs, which can put additional strain on their spines.
IVDD can result in various degrees of spinal cord compression and, consequently, a wide range of symptoms, from mild pain to severe paralysis. Early signs may include back pain, reluctance to move, and hind-leg weakness. Severe cases can lead to full paralysis.
Treatment for IVDD can range from rest, pain management, and physical therapy for mild cases to surgical intervention for more severe cases. Dachshund owners need to be aware of the breed's susceptibility to IVDD and take precautions to minimize the risk, such as avoiding activities that put strain on their backs and providing proper support when lifting or carrying them. Regular veterinary check-ups are crucial to detect and manage this condition early if it develops.
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