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July 2019

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Sausage Dog Days - did you get your copy? – a new website – has been launched by Candy Jones who has very generously raised funds for the Breed Council’s work on IVDD and Charlotte Baldwin‘s charity (Dedicated to Dachshunds with IVDD) with the launch of her first book. You can order a copy on her brand new website.

Candy created Sausage Dog Days (and its upcoming sequel) to raise money for the two charities. Both of these charities were very important to her when her Dachshund, Bonnie, was going through her operations and recovery from IVDD.

Thank you Candy for the recent donation to our charity.

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Subsidised KC/BVA Eye Screening

The Dachshund Club will be hosting a clinical eye screening session at their Championship Show on 16th November at the KC Building, Stoneleigh. Dr Peter Bedford is the panel eye specialist who will be carrying out the screening.

Our charity, Dachshund Health UK, has agreed to offer subsidies to Dachshund owners so the cost of this test will be just £20. The session will be open to other breeds at a cost of £42 per dog.

To book a place, please contact Daphne Graham 

Examination under the Eye Scheme is not restricted to the identification of inherited eye disease, but also includes general assessment of the health of the eye and adnexa (eyelids, tear ducts and other parts around the eye ball).

Read more about eye disease in Dachshunds.

The Breed Council recommends breeders should carry out clinical eye testing (KC/BVA/ISDS) to check for conditions in addition to cord1 PRA. Read more here about why this is important.

Our Health website has a new infographic summarising the relative risks of different health issues in the breed and our current advice related to these. 

Lafora Disease in non-UK Dachshunds

The Health Committee has recently received reports of some Miniature Smooth Dachshunds in the USA being DNA tested as Lafora Carriers. This appears to be because these dogs are the result of cross-variety matings in the past, introducing the Lafora mutation from Mini Wires.

We strongly recommend that anyone importing a Dachshund from outside the UK, where cross-variety matings are allowed, should ensure these dogs are DNA tested for Lafora Disease. 

We have also previously recommended that anyone outside the UK who imports a Mini Wire from the UK should insist on knowing its Lafora status.

Read more about Lafora.

Have you borrowed a stroller or other equipment from "Dedicated to Dachshunds with IVDD"?


Charlotte Baldwin wants to contact everyone that has been loaned equipment from Dedicated to Dachshunds with IVDD to check how helpful it was for you and your Dachshund.

The equipment may not have been brand new when you received it and we do expect there will be wear and tear but all the equipment should have been in good working order.

Please complete this short survey if you have borrowed any equipment.

Meet the Breed Council at Dachshund Town 2019

East Hampshire Dachshunds Sports Day - 22nd September
Location: Pawswoof Doggy Daycare, Portsmouth, Hampshire 

A fun activity day with cheese races, sit and stay competition; even a game of hide and seek as well as a fun dog show plus lots more. There will also be some stalls for local businesses as well as a BBQ for the humans!

Organiser Larissa Carey writes:
"We are hosting a Sports Day in September and would like Dachshund Health UK to be our charity of choice as we thought it not only fitting but appropriate given the nature of the event. We have several IVDD sufferers and survivors in our group which makes it more worth while when its close to home!

Contact Larissa for more details.

You can also support Dachshund Health UK by donating via PayPal:

Thank you for supporting our charity: Dachshund Health UK

A big shout out to:

A Dachshund owner who sadly lost their dog to IVDD and who has very generously donated £500 to the Dachshund Health UK IVDD Fund.

Candy Jones for donating £51.50 from sales of her Sausage Dog Days book.
Find out about IVDD Screening
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Dates for your diary...

Dachshund Town 27th July 2019 - Milton Keynes
Scottish Dachshund Club Fun Day 7th July - Musselburgh
Southern Dachshund Breed Appreciation Day - 29th Sept. - Pirbright

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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