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...

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...

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...

Being prepared for the unknown

Wouldn’t it be great if we could look into a crystal ball and see into the future? Our pets are family and if they break as owners, we need to be aware that it can be very expensive.  https://www.rspcapetinsurance.org.au/pet-care/pet-ownership/cost-of-pet-ownership...

Neuter/Spray Lifestyle Tips

Should you do it and when is the best time? This is an important topic to consider, especially when it comes down to the long-term joint health of your dog and particularly with respect to IVDD in Dachshunds. Before we begin, please understand that the age a dog is...

Let’s start a conversation about IVDD!

It’s time ALL current and prospective Dachshund owners seriously consider what is required when taking ownership of these extremely high maintenance hounds!  Yes, we understand Dachshunds are simply irresistible and are one of the “must-have” breeds of the...

Forewarned is forearmed

Are you aware that Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) is one of the most common health issues in Dachshunds; with one in four being affected at some stage during their lives? Ref: https://www.dachshundhealth.org.uk/dachslife-2018 We can’t deny how adorable this...

Is your hound walking funny?

If your hound is paralysed or walking in an odd manner, chances are your dog is experiencing a serious disc episode and needs URGENT medical attention. In such an instance, we advise you immediately crate your dog to restrict movement (to prevent further injury) and...