Have a question?

Can a dog go down with IVDD again following a surgical correction?

Yes a disc can unfortunately herniate again in a different place or close by to a previous herniation despite previous surgery.  Any disc along the spinal column can calcify and if you know your dog has already had one herniation they are at higher risk for another.

Is it possible to get pet insurance after a back incident?

Yes, however all documented pre-existing illnesses will be excluded.  If ever in doubt check with insurance company and ask for an underwriter’s assessment.

What is the best way to serve Rose Hip Vital Canine?
Can my dog take natural supplements while on prescribed medication?

In most cases natural supplements can be taken however it is advisable to check with your vet/specialist first.

What is the best way to lift up and hold your dachshund?

Always use 2 hands to pick up your dog. One hand under the chest and one supporting the back end, keeping the spine aligned. Never let your dog’s rear end hang down when picking up or putting down.


How do you sling walk your dog?
Should I use a collar or a harness?
What does conservative treatment mean?
Can IVDD be cured?

There is no current cure.,  Although IVDD is highly heritable, it is not a simple genetic disorder that can be tested for in the same way as other diseases which are also found in Dachshunds.

It is likely to be a disease caused by multiple genes as well as environmental and lifestyle factors. 

What does surgical treatment mean or involve?
How do I express my dog’s bladder?