Back problems often occur with dogs with a long back and short legs. Hernia is a common condition in this breed. The intervertebral disc protrudes, which then presses on the nerves in the spinal cord. The condition is sometimes called “Dachshund Paralysis”. This leads to pain, not wanting to walk or jump anymore, problems with faeces and paralysis such as dragging with the legs. The deformation of the vertebral structures starts at a young age at the Teckel. With a hernia, surgery may occasionally be the solution, but unfortunately not often. Treatments such as physiotherapy or laser treatment are also possible. The predisposition to hernia is hereditary but by preventing overloading you reduce the chance that your Dachshund develops a hernia. Try to avoid jumping or climbing stairs as much as possible. It is also important that the Dachshund does not become too thick because this increases the risk of a hernia.
Old age at the Dachshund
In more than 90% of dogs older than 5 years, osteoarthritis occurs to a greater or lesser extent. This is a chronic condition that reduces the flexibility of the joint. An affected joint is less mobile and hurts. This disease can affect any joint in the dog’s body. The most affected joints are the knee, elbow, wrist, vertebrae, and hip. Osteoarthritis can manifest itself in various symptoms:
- Chronic pain
- Difficulty getting up and running
- Being unable to jump
- Pain when touching joints
- Reduction of muscle mass
Unfortunately, osteoarthritis cannot be cured, but due to good medication and treatment, joint inflammation can be inhibited. To begin with, good nutrition is very important. Ask your veterinarian about food that is specifically suitable for your old (er) dog. In addition, an orthopedic dog cushion can offer a solution. The orthopedic dog cushions of the MediDog brand consist of a double layer of high-quality cold and memory foam that offers the Teckel optimum support during rest. Due to the body weight in combination with the body heat, the dog sinks slightly away in the memory foam top layer. Pressure points are removed, resulting in an orthopedically correct alignment of the spine and optimal support to the joints of the Dachshund. The orthopedic dog cushions from MediDog are recommended by veterinarians, offer your dog a high lying comfort and have a very long lifespan.