7 Ways to Treat and Prevent Back Problems in Dachshunds
By Reyna Gobel
Dachshunds are adorable with their long backs, short legs, and floppy ears. Unfortunately, their long backs make them more prone to disc herniation, which can lead to problems ranging from minor back pain to paralysis. But it’s more than their body structure: 1 in 5 Dachshunds have a gene that creates mineral deposits within the discs in their spine that increases their risk of herniation and rupture, says Dr. Todd Skeen, a veterinarian with North Star Vets in Robbinsville, New Jersey.
While you can’t completely eliminate the possibility of back problems in your Dachshund, you can help prevent or treat them with doggie ergonomics and swift medical care when needed. Here’s what you need to know.