X-ray screening and back scoring has been used in Scandinavia for several years and is currently the best available tool to help us reduce the genetic risk of IVDD. All 6 varieties of Dachshund in the UK are encouraged to participate.
It has been known for many years that herniated discs in Dachshunds have a significant hereditary component. Research in Scandinavia has shown that there is a good correlation between calcification of the discs and clinical herniations, when dogs are screened between the ages of 2 and 4. The aim of X-ray screening for IVDD is to reduce the occurrence of herniations in future generations by encouraging breeding with dogs that have low numbers of calcifications.
The UK Screening scheme costs £300 per dog if done at our partner (CVS Group) practices. Scoring of the X-rays will be paid for by the Breed Council and owners will also receive a £100 subsidy from the Breed Council towards the cost of the X-rays.
Other research may lead to additional, or better, techniques in future.