Dachshunds and the problems with their backs!
This is a serious concern for all weiner dog owners. The doxie dog was bred to have a long back; it was thought
that a long backed hound with short legs could slip into holes and retrieve hunting game. We all know how good
our weiner dogs noses are, they could find a badger in a hole miles away (if they are like my dogs with a tennis
This breeding has made dachshunds prone to serious back problems. dachshund back problems occur when a disc slips
out of place, or the substance holding the discs in place exerts pressure on the spinal cord.
doxie is having problems holding their bladder, or getting to the door fast enough to go out.
» Your weiner dog
may begin to pant, or walk in circles. As if they can't seem to get comfortable.
» Your doxie dog may
start to "drag" a back leg, or seem unable to wag their tail.
» They may cry
out, start to shake or express some kind of discomfort such as whining.
» Your dachshund
may not want food or water (and we all know doxies love their food!)
» You may also
notice your dachshund all of a sudden drop its back end as if paralyzed.
» A disk may also
slip in your dog's neck. You may notice they can no longer lift their head, or cry out when they try.
» You may notice
your dachshund "arching" his back or walking "funny" as if on his tip toes.
I can't stress enough how serious this problem is!! Your doxie
can end up paralyzed if help isn't given right away. My Maxie had a back problem and it really
is a stressful time.
If the problem is caught soon enough medication and "crating" may be a viable option for you. They typically give a prednisone shot and you must keep your pet in a crate
to restrict movement until the disk swelling goes down and hopefully your doxie will regain his/her strength and
not require an operation. Even if this IS an option for you - YOU
MUST follow up with the treatment!
»Limit the activity
»keep your doxie
from going up and down stairs
doxie from jumping up on furniture and people's laps
weiner dogs WEIGHT down! This is most often the cause although
inter-breeding may also have an effect.
What if my dachshund needs an operation?
The first thing I want to say is that back problems are not the end
of the world for a doxie dog! Even if you do not have the money
for an operation and your dachshund does end up paralyzed for life - it does not mean it can't be a good life!! I
have seen many weiner dog wheel chair devises on the market and have seen them in use by happy dogs. Please do
not consider putting your dog to sleep - if you do not think you can provide a good life to a un-perfect dog please
consider dachshund rescue.
Now the cost..I paid $3,500.00 cad yes that is right thirty-five-hundred dollars (per operation - yes it can happen
again) canadian. That is just for the operation not to mention the medications after the hospital stay, rechecks,
Your pet will go to a specialist and have an operation along with a 3 day minimal stay. When you see your pet again
for the first time it can be quite the shock. They shave the full back and typically make a cut about 6 inches
long beside the backbone. They also use staples to seal the scar which can look caked in blood. Your doxie may
look pitiful, sad, panting, shaking, and disturbed but trust me, they are on their way back to a normal life.
My black and tan dachshund Max had 3 operations. The lower back, the upper spine and the last one on his neck.
He had all the problems within 1 year when he turned 7. This problem is said to occur between ages 2-7
After his operations Maxie went on to continue living a happy full life until we lost him when he was 13yrs old.