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. You can see the results of UK screened dogs here.
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. If you prefer, you can ask your own vet to take the x-rays.
Other research may lead to additional, or better, techniques in future.