Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) is by far the most common health problem in UK Dachshunds: around 1 in 4 may be affected at some stage in their lives. Whilst many recover well in time, there is significant risk of permanent damage so severe it is life changing or threatening. On this website, you can find out more about the causes, symptoms, treatments, expense, how to reduce the risks, plus details of our IVDD screening initiative. We endeavour to ensure the content is based on the most up-to-date scientific and veterinary information. You can find details of our veterinary contributors here.
IVDD also affects other breeds so we hope the information on this website is of use to others as well.
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If your dog ever suffers from a back problem, veterinary treatment could be very expensive. For severe cases, most vets will want to carry out some diagnostic imaging (e.g. MRI, CT or Myelogram) and/or refer you to a Specialist. An MRI Scan could cost you £3000. If your dog requires surgery as well, the total cost of treatment could easily be in the range £6000 - £10000.
We strongly recommend that you either take out an insurance policy before your dog needs any treatment or ensure you have adequate funds available to pay for treatment if the worst happens. BoughtByMany claims to be the only insurer that will cover pre-existing conditions.
Resources on this site
There are lots of great IVDD resources already available on the internet. We've tried to tailor this site to UK Dachshund owners and not to reinvent the wheel, but wherever we think an existing resource is worth sharing, we've included it here. Two particular US websites have a wealth of owner-oriented information:
You can also download pdf copies of our infographics from our Downloads page.
The information on this website is presented for educational purposes and as a resource for the UK Dachshund community. We endeavour to ensure the content is based on the most up-to-date scientific and veterinary information. We include links to relevant peer-reviewed papers. Nothing herein should be interpreted as medical advice for your dog and you should contact your veterinary surgeon for specific advice on your own dog(s).
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We are grateful to everyone who has contributed content to this website and for their advice. A full list of acknowledgements of the contributing vets, scientists and Dachshund owners can be found here.
This website has been created by Dachshund Health UK (Charity 1177400).
For further information on Dachshund health, visit our Health website.