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September 2021

Author Brian Frederick is donating £1 to DHUK from the sale of his children's book "Siggy Loves Sausages". A great gift idea if you're planning ahead for Christmas.
Order your copy here:
The special offer price includes an ebook copy and a signed copy of the paper version.
DEFRA consultation on imports of dogs and cats
DEFRA are seeking your views on the government’s proposed changes to the rules governing the commercial and non-commercial movement of pets (dogs, cats and ferrets) into Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) This does not include Northern Ireland. This is a joint consultation being issued by Defra on behalf of the UK Government, the Welsh Government, and the Scottish Government.  

Read more and submit your views in an online survey here.

Discover Dogs is set to return to the ExCel London on 20-21 November 2021 to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

Come and meet the Dachshunds. 

Find out more at

Our 2021 Health Survey was open to all UK and non-UK Dachshunds. and we had around 10,000 responses. This month, our infographic (below) summarises the findings on the health issues associated with neutering.

You can find the full reports online. There are 4 infographics and a slide presentation on that page.

£200 subsidy available on our IVDD screening programme

You can watch the launch webcast at:

This approach to IVDD screening is based on 30+ years of research and experience. The Nordic countries (Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland) were among the first to adopt IVDD screening and it was also launched in Germany last year.

Read about the IVDD research from the Danish Dachshund Club and Danish KC.

IVDD Recovery - new research - more dogs needed.

Professor John Innes and Dr Mark Lowrie are developing a client-reported outcomes measure tool for dogs with spinal cord injuries. Such tools are common in human medicine and some exist in veterinary medicine - for example, one for dogs with osteoarthritis is now used widely used.

Veterinary neurologists have typically taken the dichotomous view of 'success'/'failure' in spinal cord injury as "walking" or "not walking". However, it is much more complex than that and many walking dogs will have residual deficits.

This survey is for owners of Dachshunds that have suffered a previous episode of intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) at least 6 months previously and recovered, but with residual deficits.

The aim is to produce a standardised tool for vets to use to assess the extent of recovery from IVDD. This is important so that the efficacy of different treatment options can be compared in the future. The data from this survey will inform the first stage of development of such a tool.

The survey does not ask for any data about you, just your dog.

Inclusion criteria are:

1. A serious intervertebral disc episode (causing neurological deficits) at least 6 months ago

2. Dogs with residual (remaining) functional impairment at whatever degree - even very minor is fine

The Kennel Club Health and Welfare Conference 2021

The Conference will be held at the Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2LD on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 September 2021. The start time will be 09:30 and will finish at 17:00. Bringing together experts in dog health, breed community representatives, judges and owners, to share knowledge and open up discussion on pertinent topics in dog health, to bring about collaboration and improve the health, well-being and welfare of dogs now and in the future.
Booking/Registration here.

DBRG Symposium 2021

The Dog Breeding Reform Group is holding a symposium about hereditary and breed-related skin problems in dogs on Sunday 7th November 2021 in Guildford.

The symposium is for vets, vet students, dog owners, dog breeders, vet nurses, breed health co-ordinators, dog welfare organisations, and anyone interested in canine welfare.

Booking details here.

Raise donations for Dachshund Health UK whenever you shop online.

Chances to learn - Upcoming Seminars

Details of rescheduled dates for seminars will be announced in future newsletters. 

The Pet Professionals' online courses are designed to help responsible pet owners improve their knowledge on how to look after their pet. Written by qualified professionals, their online courses guide you, at your own pace, though your learning.

The buying and owning a Dachshund course provides you with the key things you need to know before buying and how to take best care of your pet. You can watch the taster videos from the clips below.

Naturally Happy Dogs - now on YouTube!

Get FREE videos to train and entertain both you and your dog, now on YouTube! Exercise their brain as much as their body. Teach a trick, learn something new, change or teach a behaviour.

Thank you for supporting our charity: Dachshund Health UK

A big shout out to:

Faye Thompson for her donation to support us.

If you want to support Dachshund Health UK, you can set up a regular donation here.

Find out about IVDD Screening
We're on Instagram now. Follow @DachshundHealthUK
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Dates for your diary...


Online Calendar of UK Dachshund shows and events

On the internet...

New on our websites...

Do you know someone with a Dachshund with IVDD? Recovery can be long and painful for both dog (and owner) so why not let them know that you're thinking of them with this lovely 'Got Your Back' sausage dog card? Cards are available, either singly or in packs of 5 (get 5 cards for the price of 4).

Order from Selina Knox at 

NB The entire purchase price of these cards will be donated to the Dachshund Breed Council's IVDD research fund.

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