Whether you call them dachshunds, doxies or wiener dogs, are beloved for how uniquely adorable they are. Their short legs and long bodies are the primary features that make them so lovable, but they can also contribute to some health problems. Dachshund health concerns include: back problems, IVDD and mobility loss just to name a few. As a pet parent it’s important to educate yourself about the breed, to ensure you give your doxie the best care possible!
Dachshund Back Problems and Mobility Concerns
Back problems and mobility issues are among some of the most common dachshund health issues. Due to their long torso, spinal disease and back injuries occur more frequently in dachshunds than in any other breed. Here are a few of the common conditions effecting doxies:
- Patella Luxation
- Hip Dysplasia
- Spinal Injury
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Dachshunds and IVDD
IVDD is the most common condition affecting the dachshund breed. Dachshunds are 10 – 12 times more likely to have IVDD than any other breed, with the condition effecting approximately 25% of all doxies.
Keep in mind this static only includes dachshunds who are receiving treatment for IVDD, so the number could be even higher in reality.
Dachshund owners should be on the lookout for signs of IVDD, which include:
- Unwillingness to play
- Scrapes on the top of their paws
- Dragging back feet
- Uncoordinated walking
- Signs of pain (shivering or shaking)
- Loss of appetite
- Sensitivity to touching on back or neck
- Sudden incontinence
Although there are surgical treatments available for IVDD, sometimes alternative solutions are necessary as well. As every case is different, always speak with your Veterinary professional to determine the best course of treatment for your pet.
Importance of Back Support for Dachshunds
Doxies are genetically predisposed to spinal conditions such as IVDD, but they are also prone to back injuries. A back brace can be used for dachshunds that are experiencing symptoms of spinal disease, to alleviate back pain, and as a preventative measure.
Back braces are designed to support the spine and the surrounding muscles, promoting proper alignment, and limit range of motion when necessary. The Walkin’ vertebraVe provides the back support your dachshund needs to promote healing and enhance mobility recovery during the process.
Walkin’ Wheels Dachshund Wheelchair
With mobility issues being so prevalent, it’s common to see dachshunds use wheelchairs. In fact, both the Mini and Small Dachshund wheelchairs were designed with them in mind! A wheelchair gives your doxie the support they need to move around freely and are great for rehabilitation or recovery.
Pro tip: A dachshund’s rear legs can be three times taller than their front legs. Due to the difference in leg height, when fitting their wheelchair, the side extender and wheelchair frame will most likely angle down in the front. If the frame is perfectly level, it may be too short for the rear legs or too high for the front legs.
If you need help fitting your dachshund’s wheelchair, our Wheelchair Experts are available to help! Simply email photos to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help your dachshund’s wheelchair fit perfectly!
See Dachshund Spencer take his first steps in his Walkin’ Wheels
Dachshund Wheelchair Accessories
- Front Vest – dachshunds are distinctively shaped, with their deep, barrel chests they need a harness that will fit them comfortably. The Front Vest can be used as a regular walking harness or with your dachshund’s Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair for the perfect fit.
- Belly Support – dog’s with long backs need a little extra spinal support. The neoprene belly support attaches to the Walkin’ Wheels to provide the mid-body support your dachshund needs.
- Front Wheel Attachment – the Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair can adapt with your dog’s changing condition. As front legs weaken, a front wheel attachment can be added to turn your dog’s wheelchair into a full support/4-wheel wheelchair.
- Walkin’ Drag Bag – is the perfect solution for when your paralyzed pup isn’t in their Walkin’ Wheels. Allowing your pup to scoot around without scraping their legs or chest. And for even more freedom inside the house, try the Walkin’ Scooter!