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October 2020

Thank you to everyone who supported us in the World Big Dog Walk in September. You helped us to raise over £400 simply by doing your daily dog walk. 

You can still make a donation on our Total Giving page.

Your support will help us with our current Dachshund health improvement projects including eye disease and back disease (IVDD).

Thank you for supporting Dachshund Health UK.

Dedicated to Dachshunds with IVDD has a new website.
The Kennel Club set up a Neurology Development Group early in 2020, to look at the development of health schemes for breeds that can suffer from a number of conditions. The project started with work on the IVDD scheme for Dachshunds which has been in operation since the end of 2016. The group includes specialists in neurology as well as representatives from the KC and BVA. Look out for the launch of the KC-backed Dachshund Screening Programme.

Lafora good news continues

The latest Lafora Screening data shows a continuing positive trend with people screening their Mini Wires and avoiding the risk of producing affected puppies.

Phantom pregnancy

We have a new article, written by Sharon Alton, and an infographic explaining the key facts for Dachshund owners.

Think globally, act locally

The International Partnership For Dogs has published an article (and done a Press Release) entitled:  Reframing Current Challenges Around Pedigree Dogs: A Call for Respectful Dialogue, Collaboration and Collective Actions.
The aim is to encourage open and respectful dialogue, collective and collaborative actions, and a global perspective on issues affecting the health and welfare of dogs, including the impact of human dog interactions, the culture of dogs, legislative approaches, and emerging challenges.

Amazon Smile donations

Dachshund Health UK, recently received a quarterly donation of £50.66 from AmazonSmile, thanks to customers shopping at AmazonSmile.

To date, Amazon has donated a total of:

£216.33 to Dachshund Health UK
£4,621,862.95 to UK charities

Thank you for supporting Dachshund Health UK at no extra cost to you, by shopping at or with AmazonSmile turned ON in the app.

Diagnosing IVDD

It's really important that your dog gets the right diagnosis, quickly. In a survey among Dachshund owners on our Facebook Group, only half the IVDD cases were correctly diagnosed by their general practice vet on first presentation. A quarter of vets incorrectly diagnosed the problem, for example saying it was muscle pain, arthritis or a stomach problem. Some dogs have presented with anal gland problems which the vet may empty but the underlying pain, due to IVDD, remains. A further quarter of vets were unsure about the symptoms at first examination.

We've added a new page on "
Other Diagnoses" on our IVDD website to help you and your vet understand when an IVDD diagnosis is most likely.
Survey of dog breeding practices

Last year, the National Veterinary School of Alfort (Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire d’Alfort) conducted a study of strategies used by French dog breeders to determine appropriate breeding time and address peripartum and postpartum maternal stress. This study also included breeders’ observations of maternal care and interactions between mothers and offspring.
In a new survey, they want to include international dog breeders to improve the representativeness of data collected in the previous study and allow for comparison of specific national breeding practices.

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:

Patrick and Anne Mulrine, and Jane Myerson for their recent donations. THANK YOU BOTH.

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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