In order to participate in the screening programme and qualify for the discounted screening fee and subsidised scoring, your Dachshund must meet the following
- Minimum age requirement (official radiographic age) - X-rays of the vertebral column are performed when the dog is between 2 and 4 years of age (24-48
- The dog is registered at the UK Kennel Club
- The owner is resident in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland
- The dog is microchipped
The UK X-ray screening programme is currently being subsidised by the Kennel Club and Dachshund Health UK.
More recently, our conversations with neurology specialists and the BVA have suggested there may be some benefit in screening ANY Dachshund. Dogs that are identified
with a higher risk may need advice on lifestyle factors, such as obesity and exercise regimes. There is certainly evidence that these do impact on risk but genetic factors are likely to be more
significant (IVDD definitely "runs in families").
The other benefit of encouraging all owners to screen their dogs is that we build a larger data-set, more quickly. This will
enable us to move towards the development of Estimated Breeding Values as a tool to help breeders.