Learning About Dachshund Health Issues

By Jack Vale on May 5, 2022

As you probably know, dachshunds make playful and loyal pets! Also known as ‘wiener dogs’ or ‘sausage dogs’, any owner will feel lucky to know the devoted love of a dachshund. However, both prospective owners and current owners should know about some of the most common health issues that this breed faces. 

Knowing about potential health issues ahead of time can help you recognize the symptoms earlier, and also know what to expect in the long term.

Why are dachshunds prone to certain health issues?

Since their distinct skeletal structure means that their long body lies low to the ground atop short legs, it can encounter lots of stress. Known as ‘disproportionate dwarfism’, dachshunds can suffer from health issues due to their short legs carrying their entire body weight.

Here are some dachshund health issues to look out for:

You can help reduce the chances of your dachshund suffering from back problems by giving it plenty of exercise to promote muscle growth, and discouraging them from jumping from heights.

Your dachshund will be a beloved member of your family for years to come! There is no need to stress about any potential health issues, but being aware of them can help you spot the signs earlier. Be sure to take your dog to the vet for regular checkups throughout its life. 

Jack Vale is a writer in partnership with recreational fabric retailer Seattle Fabrics. 

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