Heading to the beach this Summer?

We often mention on our Support Forum that IVDD is for a lifetime, once a diseased spine always a diseased spine and while many IVDD dachshunds recover well in time, there is a significant risk of permanent damage so severe it is life-changing or threatening. Living...

Click clack not good for the back!

Keeping nails at a safe length Most Dachshunds get away with long nails because they are too smart for their own good! They fool their owners into thinking that nail clipping or dremeling is devil torture. Don’t let the little darlings fool you, when you hear...

Slippery Floor Syndrome

A no-no for dogs and a BIG NO NO for IVDD hounds! Our hounds can be ticking time bombs when it comes to the health of their spines. Statistics tell us that 1:4 will be affected during their lifetime, some worse than others. As an owner, it’s important to...

Never say never

Meet Audree-RoseA little girl who has never said never Audree-Rose is a 6.5-year-old pedigree long-hair silver dapple. When she was 12 months old she had bilateral Pes Varus surgery.  This surgery was to correct her gait as she was quite bow-legged with a degree of...

Living a new normal after Grade 5

We often talk about living a new normal following IVDD and bubble wrapping our fur kids for fear of further episodes.   Maggie is a Grade 5 IVDD survivor and it’s now 3.5 years since surgery (September 2018).  She doesn’t jump up anymore (with those little front...

Conservative options

Make yourself a cuppa and watch this YouTube presentation, a must for all IVDD Dachshund owners. Sam Khan, Bruno Scalia and Viviana Rojas from the University of Cambridge Vet School explain what IVDD is and how to care for a recovering dog. The team from Cambridge Vet...

Holistically approaching IVDD

When treating both conservatively and surgically, physiotherapy & associated modalities play a vital part in the treatment & recovery of dogs with spinal cord disease, but before I go any further, I need to explain why I have come to this conclusion and why I...

Hemp -v- CBD

Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is one of the many naturally occurring chemical compounds known as cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. CBD is known for its many therapeutic effects and non-intoxicating nature. The well known “high” of cannabis is mainly induced by...

Turmeric – Golden Paste

Golden Paste You may have heard of the benefits of turmeric for your dog. If you haven’t, then here are all the amazing benefits of this colourful spice: It’s a powerful antioxidantIt’s a natural and effective anti-inflammatory It can help prevent and even treat...

What causes disc degeneration

Hansen Type I, II & IIIEditorial Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) is a degenerative condition with disc degeneration occurring because of loss of the disc to “hold water” becoming dehydrated. You may have heard your vet professional refer to “calcification” or...

Managing Urinary Tract Infections

My vet has officially classified Coco as a member of the seniors’ club – it’s a label that makes my heart sing. Post-IVDD surgery in 2015, Coco was paralysed in the back legs and her bladder function was also affected. Whilst it took six months to help her to wobbly...

Making crate rest fun

Enrichment & brain games for our dachshunds with IVDD One of the worst things about having a dachshund diagnosed with IVDD is hearing the dreaded words “crate rest”.  Whether you have taken the conservative or surgical route, often our dachshunds with IVDD need a...