One of the more popular breeds, Dachshunds, especially miniature Doxies, have stolen the hearts of many people all over the world. Being a small breed, they have a good long lifespan, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have health risks. If you are thinking about adding a Doxie to your family, or already have one, you should be aware of the following top 3 health concerns for Dachshunds. Knowing about them can help you and your vet keep your Doxie healthier.
#1 – Intervertebral Disk Disease
No surprise, the biggest problem with the little Dachshund is spine issues. Herniated disks in the lower back are very common in Doxies. Owners should be careful about letting them jump up and down. In addition, Doxies should always be picked up with support on the front and rear legs to avoid accidental injury and undue stress on the spine.
#2 – Hypothyroidism
Many Doxies that are thought to just be overweight may actually have hypothyroidism. The most common type in Doxies is lymphocytic thyroiditis. If your Dachshund keeps gaining weight, you need to take her to the vet to get her checked out.
#3 – Eye Issues
Dachshunds have a host of eye issues including: cataracts, glaucoma, corneal dystrophy, tear duct anomalies, and progressive retinal atrophy, to name a few. Many of these are hereditary so if you are buying from a breeder, be sure it’s a responsible one who tests parents for any genetic defects prior to breeding.