Intervertebral Disc Disease

About Intervertebral Disc Disease

With as many as 1 in 4 dachshunds suffering from an episode of IVDD during their lifetime, It is important to make yourself aware of the signs and symptoms, which specialist IVDD surgeons and how to act in an emergency.

Put simply IVDD is when the jelly like content of the discs between the veterbra, squeezes out and presses on nerves causing severe pain and damage. Action should be taken immediately to prevent further damage and permanent paralyses.


Some of the symptoms of IVDD include:

  • Crying when eating or drinking
  • Yelping when moved and muscle spasm
  • Shaking/trembling
  • Hunched appearance and a tense abdomen
  • Wobbly walking, paws knuckled, legs crossed or dragging.

If your dachshund is showing any of these signs then immediately restrict movement and confining them to a crate.

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Get your dachshund to the vet quickly as you cannot diagnose it yourself. An X ray is not enough to identify what is happening to their discs and they need an MRI. If your vet is unaware of IVDD then ask for a referral to a specialist animal hospital.

Many dogs can be treated conservatively with extended crate rest for up to 8 weeks. However, it is vitally important to get your dachshund to the vets within the first 24 hours.

For more information on IVDD visit:

For dachshunds in W.A

Canine Restoration Therapeutic massage for dogs with mobility issues. Specialising in dachshunds and IVDD.

Holistic treatment to support the health and recovery of dachshunds pre- and -post operatively for various conditions and during crate rest if undergoing conservative treatment for IVDD Also Red Light Therapy and equipment hire of strollers , crates, slings, red light premium pads.

Short and long term care and support available , and a more comprehensive care system coming soon.

If you need help, whether advice or in management please do contact. If I cannot help I probably know someone who can!

Penny Hodgson

Need to be referred for a specialist opinion? Ask your vet to refer to:

Rivergum Referral Services

Willetton WA 6155
(08) 9259 6344

The Animal Hospital at Murdoch

1300 652494

PVS ( Perth Veterinary Specialists)

Osborne Park WA 6017
(08)9204 0400 (24/7 emergency number)


Success WA 6164
(08)9412 5700 (24/7 emergency number)

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