Dachshunds are one of the most popular breeds. Dachshund medical problems include those regarding their mobility because of their long body and short legs.
What Health Problems Do Dachshunds Have?
Dachshunds can have problems with their back, hips, knees, eyes, stomach, skin, teeth and heart. However, this article will focus on common health issues with dachshunds concerning their mobility.
Dachshund Medical Problems Concerning Mobility
- Hip Dysplasia - Hip dysplasia in dogs is an abnormal formation of the hip socket. Severe hip dysplasia can eventually cause lameness and arthritis of the joints. When a puppy is growing the head of the femur (thighbone) and the socket of the pelvis must grow at the same pace. If this does not happen hip dysplasia in your dog occurs. Here is some information on how to prevent hip dysplasia in dogs.
- IVDD - Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) In Dogs is a degenerative condition where the discs in your dog's back deteriorate faster than they should. IVDD treatment for dogs can vary depending on the severity.
- Obesity - Dachshunds are prone to weight gain. This is particularly difficult on them because of their elongated body, which naturally puts more stress on the spine.
- Spinal Injury - Dachshunds are more prone to back injuries from jumping and everyday activity due to their long body. Going up and down stairs, especially if they are not carpeted, should be avoided. Also, jumping off of furniture can also be especially hard on their back.
- Patellar luxation - A luxating patella is when your dog's knee cap moves out of place from the groove where it should be. The patella (knee cap) sits in a groove made of cartilage at the end of the femur. When the muscle contracts it pulls on the tendon and the patella which extends the stifle joint. The cause can be genetic, congenital or from an accident. How to treat luxating patella in dogs depends on the severity.
- Legg-Calve-Perthes disease - also called avascular or aseptic necrosis of the femoral head. This is when the ball in the socket joint of the hip begins to deteriorate. This condition will cause arthritis and the hip will begin to collapse.
- Osteogenesis imperfecta - also called brittle bone disease is a condition that impairs a dog's ability to manufacture collagen which provides elasticity to the bones. Symptoms include reduced bone density, joint pain, bone and teeth fractures. This is seen the most in wire haired dachshunds.
Preventing Mobility Issues in Dachshunds
Avoid stairs - since dachshunds have short legs it can be difficult for them to reach from one stair to the next. Also, if your stairs do not have carpet your dachshund can fall due to their nails not having traction.
Avoid jumping - since your Dachshund has a long body they have more strain on their back. Jumping causes even more strain and can cause injury.
Lift carefully - when lifting your doxie make sure to support both ends when lifting and holding them.
Avoid weight issues - make sure your weiner dog gets plenty of exercise and eats healthy. Being just a little overweight for a Dachshund is particularly hard on their back, but also their joints.
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