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August 2019

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Dachshunds star on ITV's "This morning"

Vicky Wand and Hayley Chapman-Reith were invited to take their Dachshunds onto ITV’s “This Morning” show on July 11th. Vicky has kindly written about their experience for us. She is a member of the Southern Dachshund Association and Hayley is an SDA Committee member. What a great advert for these happy, outgoing, show dogs.

Read about their experience, here.

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.

IVDD Screening Milestone

At the end of July, we reached the screening milestone of 100 dogs. It's taken 32 months to reach this point.

We agreed to hold back on publishing results until there were 100 - at the seminar where we discussed this, people felt we should allow a couple of years to get a reasonable picture of results.

We will now be putting the results online, listing the dog's KC name, variety, sex and X-ray score plus grading. Everyone who has had a subsidy from the Breed Council and DHUK Charity consented to have their results published. Our experience with publishing the Lafora results online was a key step in motivating more breeders to take part and we believe there are many benefits from putting the information in the public domain.

We will continue to subsidise the screening programme which you can read about here.

70% of the dogs screened have had fewer than 5 calcifications, a level which is considered to be lower risk for IVDD. In the Nordic countries, they recommend that dogs with 5 or more calcifications are not used for breeding.

Numerous studies (since the 1960s) have shown that the lower the number of calcifications, the lower the risk of IVDD. In one study, of the dogs which had no calcifications, less than 1 in 10 had IVDD symptoms. In contrast, of the dogs with 5 or more calcifications, two-thirds had symptoms of IVDD. [Lappalainen 2001] Another study showed that dogs with 5 or more calcifications were 18 times more likely to have IVDD symptoms than dogs with no calcifications. [Lappalainen 2014]

Denise Jury (Torwood Mini Longs)

The Trustees of Dachshund Health UK would like to thank Rachel Jury for the very generous donation of £500, from friends and family, following the sad passing of her mother, Denise, in April.
Denise was a great supporter of our IVDD Screening Programme and it is breeders like her, whose commitment to the future health of our breed really sets a good example and makes a real difference. Eight of Denise’s Torwood Mini Longs were screened between 2017 and 2019. Denise and Rachel are also well-known for their Flatcoated Retrievers.
Rachel said: “Denise was a remarkable woman and we are so lucky to have been part of her life. Despite recent poor health, her passion for the dogs never wavered; she remained cheerful and never let anything stop her or get her down. She was an inspiration and will be hugely missed.”
This year, we will reach the 100 dogs screened mark and this donation will enable us to offer further subsidies to encourage more breeders to participate.
As well as our thanks, we send our sincere condolences to Rachel and to Denise’s friends and family.

VIP Dachshund Seniors Club Fundraising

Jess Luxton-Gale and her team of Admins at the Dachshund VIP Seniors Facebook Group are organising a series of fundraising events to support Dachshund charities and good causes. 

To take part in their Autumn Raffle which supports Dachshund Health UK, please follow the link to donate to their Paypal, Make sure you click "friends and family" payment so 100% of your donation goes to the fund and leave a message with the payment stating it's for the Raffle!

Dachshund Town 2019

The Breed Council was represented at Dachshund Town 2019 and our team had a busy day offering advice to owners. Many thanks to all our helpers who braved the wet weather.

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:

John Purvis, a Wirehaired Dachshund owner, whose father sadly passed away recently and who very generously donated £1000 from his will, to Dachshund Health UK.
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Dates for your diary...

Southern Dachshund Breed Appreciation Day - 29th Sept. - Pirbright
Dachshund Club of Wales Breeding & IVDD Seminar - 30th November - Chepstow

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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