TESTING FOR IVDD
Helpful links for breeders
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.
WHILST DISA’S PURPOSE IS TO PROMOTE AWARENESS & PROVIDE EDUCATION TO OWNERS OF DACHSHUNDS, AND TO PROVIDE NON JUDGEMENTAL SUPPORT TO THOSE OWNERS AFFECTED BY IVDD; THE AUSTRALIAN BREEDING COMMUNITY ALSO NEED TO COLLECTIVELY WORK TOGETHER TO PROMOTE ETHICAL BREEDING PRACTICES, INCLUDING FINDING A CURE OR A WAY TO AT LEAST REDUCE THE INCIDENCE OF THIS HEARTBREAKING DISEASE.
DISA HAS COMPILED THE FOLLOWING LIST OF LINKS TO ASSIST THOSE WHO ARE CURRENTLY OR CONSIDERING ENTERING THE BREEDING ARENA.
IVDD X-Ray scoring
For further information regarding testing in Australia email National Dachshund Council (Australia)
DNA test for CDDY & IVDD
The conclusions from the AHT samples and Danish samples mean that the UCD “test” cannot be used to screen against IVDD and our advice remains that X-ray screening is the only viable test available currently.
Ref: Dachshund IVDD UK
The test provided by Orivet (Chondrodystrophy (CDDY) and Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) – SINGLE ASSAY TEST)
The conclusion of this Research Article is that the DNA test for the CDDY mutation (Orivet (Chondrodystrophy (CDDY) and Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) – SINGLE ASSAY TEST) is only associated with disc degeneration and is not predictive for herniation.
We know that Dachshunds’ discs calcify from a young age and we know (from a recent paper) that 98% of Dachshunds tested are “fixed” (homozygous) for the CDDY mutation.
The fact that around 75% of Dachshunds do not suffer from herniated discs confirms our view that using this DNA test in our breed is largely a waste of money.
For further research click on the links below
Academic Dissertation by Anu Lappalainen
Department of Equine and Small Animal Medicine Faculty of Veterinary Medicine University of Helsinki, Finland
Radiographic Screening for Hereditary Skeletal Disorders in Dogs
Dachshund Breed Council UK – Testing for IVDD
UK Screening Process
Intervertebral disc disease (IDD): Instructions for radiography according to the Finnish Kennel Club protocol
Anu Lappalainen / 13.6.2015
National Dachshund Council (Australia)
NDC Australia Current Test Results
A wonderful presentation by Ian Seath Chairman UK Dachshund Breed Council on the latest UK X-Ray screening program on IVDD. For all dachshund owners this is what Australia should also be doing and following suit. This presentation is a must view if you care about the future of this breed and back health.