DISA is an Australia wide non-partisan educational and support organisation, dedicated to the future health, welfare and integrity of dachshunds.  Its motto is “We’ve got your back” and its primary focus is to broaden awareness about IVDD, which is now one of the biggest health issues within the breed.

IVDD is a genetic disease with no current cure.  At this point in time the only way to reduce the incidence of IVDD is X-Ray screening and scoring on dachshunds between 24-48 months of age.  The aim of X-ray screening for IVDD is to reduce the occurrence of herniations, by encouraging breeding with dogs that have low numbers of calcifications. This will then assist with ethical breeding programs, to help reduce this disease.

Prospective owners

Owning a dachshund has become very “on trend”, in fact it seems that “everyone wants a sausage dog”.  With this comes an overwhelming demand to supply a dog that should come with a warning label!

DISA educates and provides resources to prospective owners about the intricacies of owning a long bodied, low to the ground sausage dog, so they can become a little more “dachie-educated”.  Words such as disc disease, IVDD and stubbornness aren’t ones that are freely handed over by someone who has carelessly bred a dachshund, without ever considering the future integrity of the breed.  IVDD is genetic, with careful breeding practices, this disease doesn’t need to be so insidious.  Not everyone understands what it’s like to watch your fur child become paralysed, and the toll it takes on families, both emotionally and financially.

Owners with non IVDD dogs

As a part of its support and education profile DISA provides material and support, with the key objective to encourage IVDD awareness, including symptoms and what to do should it ever happen to their dog.

Owners with IVDD dogs

Should the unthinkable ever happen DISA provides owners the support, guidance and advice to ensure they are armed to make well informed decisions regarding the care and/or treatment of their dog.

Our achievements

Since its inception in July 2013, fundraising and donations received have enabled DISA to achieve the following: –

  • Production of 5,000 “IVDD Quick Fact Sheet Fridge Magnets” & over 10,0000 “Your Dachshund & IVDD Brochures” which is regularly distributed into veterinary clinics and specialist centres, as well as being posted to owners around Australia.
  • Production of 5000 brochures to distribution to specialists throughout Australia for owners of IVDD dogs.
  • IVDD Banners distributed to owners groups Australia wide to spread awareness
  • 2 sets of wheels have been donated via the Guardian Angel Scheme.
  • Donation made to Pay It Forward Dachshund Community Scheme to assist with postage costs, as many of the care packages sent out are to IVDD dachshunds.
  • Successful Wine fundraisers in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.
  • IVDD Crate Program was successfully launched in 2015 with the scheme still operating in Victoria & ACT.
  • 2017 – launch of IVDD Assist
  • Seminars in Melbourne for owners
  • Dog Lovers Show Melbourne May 2018, Brisbane November 2018 and May 2019.
  • Attendance at various Dog Expos throughout Melbourne.

How you can help DISA

In order for DISA to continue supporting and spreading awareness, we do rely on the generous support of the entire dachshund community.

Your assistance would be greatly appreciated, whether you join us as a supporter, donate cash or your services as a volunteer or contribute to our fundraising efforts.