Category Archives: Dachshund health and safety

Boot recommendations for Dachshunds

A reader writes:

Have you found any boots that will stay on your dachshunds feet? I recently moved to Greenland with my dachshund and I can’t seem to keep her boots on her feet and after a few minutes the cold icy conditions make her feet hurt. Any advice?

I’ve never succeeded in getting my dog to wear boots despite the fact that she’s bothered by salt, so let’s hope readers have some recommendations.

I see a lot of dogs wearing the “balloon boots” shown above lately, but I know other dog owners don’t like them as when they come off and get left behind at the park, some dogs gobble them up.

Here are more boot solutions including Musher’s Paste, which I have indeed tested with somewhat mixed results. I just couldn’t be sure it was helping although others swear by it. And I’m in Canada so we give these things a good test drive.

Experimental drug offers hope to dogs with spinal cord injuries

Dr. Jay Griffin and Beanie the paralyzed Dachshund who walks with wheels

Dr. Jay Griffin with Beanie: Researchers hope that Illomostat may help dogs avoid paralysis if it can be administered within hours of an injury’s occurrence

Dachshunds are one of the breeds most susceptible to spinal cord injuries so it’s a great to hear about a promising drug trial that may mean fewer wiener dogs in wheelchairs.

At the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, in a study funded by the U.S. Department of Defense with a $750,000 grant, the drug Illomostat is being given to short-legged, long-torso dog breeds like dachshunds, beagles and corgis in the hopes that if it is successful it can eventually be used on humans who suffer  trauma to the spinal cord.

MSNBC has the details including the story of Beanie, a wheelchair-bound Dachshund whose veterinarian owner works at Texas A&M.

A Dachshund’s recovery from spinal surgery

Dachshund recovering from spinal surgery

Pup the Dachshund on a post-surgery walk in April 2010

Progress! Not so Paralyzed Pup by hooeyspewer on Flickr

Pup the Dachshund lost all movement in her hind legs when she ruptured a disc. The Doxie News discovered her story on Flickr where Pup’s peeps and personal paparazzi wrote in April 2010:

Her back legs still don’t cooperate, but while walking her on a sling today in the park, she actually moved her hind legs into position and urinated without assistance or prodding on our part. She still can’t support herself on those legs for very long at all though. Yesterday marked a week after surgery. We’re very hopeful that she will regain mobility in her hind legs again.

She did indeed. Late in the summer, Pup’s peeps checked in again to offer inspiration to another Dachshund lover whose pet was facing surgery:

Our pup is almost as good as new. She walked 2.5 miles with us the other day. It was a really tough few months for us after her surgery, but we are just so grateful that she recovered so well. Best of luck to your daughter and her frenchie. I hope her pup is up and feeling better soon!

Who says now news is good news? Definitely not the Dachshund News.

A Guide to Your Dachshund’s Dietary Requirements

After picking up your dachshund puppy, you should keep feeding it the food served by the breeder before slowly trying new foods to see what the puppy takes to. There are many specially formulated food brands available: Royal Canin dog food is a good example and will ensure your dachshund gets the balanced diet it requires.

What is the best food for your dachshund?

A top quality dry food is the best form of commercial dog food as it has the correct nutritional values and balance of essential vitamins and minerals for your dachshund. However, watch your dachshund closely and gauge how much it likes the food and how healthy it looks. For example, is its coat sleek or too dry? You may need to experiment with different dry foods, or occasionally add a little wet food for variety. Too much wet food should be avoided, as it can rot your dog’s teeth.

What are the correct portions for your dachshund?

Dachshund’s have a terrible habit of overeating, which can lead to excessive weight gain and ailments like heart, blood sugar and spine problems. You must be disciplined when it comes to feeding. Try to keep a regular feeding schedule and adjust the exact portions in relation to the amount of exercise your dachshund gets. Free feeding, leaving a bowl filled with food for the dog to return to and consume at will, is unsuitable for dachshunds due to their tendency to eat too much.

What if you must change your dachshund’s diet?

The key word is transition. If your dachshund looks too fat or too thin, or has skin or fur problems, you may need to change its diet. Remember to ask your vet prior to making significant changes. Altering your dachshund’s diet overnight can lead to digestive problems. Simply plan out a transition period during which time the new food can be slowly introduced.

Should you treat your dachshund?

First and foremost, chocolate is poisonous to dogs, so should never be given as a treat. Top quality commercial brands of dog biscuits are specially made to be nutritionally rich and are a good choice. However, to add variety, try pieces of raw carrot or broccoli as a treat. Dachshund’s love vegetables, which are a great source of vitamins and iron, so why not give them what they love?

Follow these basic guidelines to have a trim and healthy dachshund.

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Dachshund survives surger during NZ quake

NZ Dachshund’s surgery goes on through quake

Stuff.co.nz reports on a Christchurch Dachshund who was undergoing cancer surgery when the Christchurch earthquake shook the operating room:

Veterinarian Kirsten Wylie was in the middle of a delicate operation to remove a cancerous tumour from a small dog when the earthquake struck.

Wylie refused to leave Jonah, an eight-year-old dachshund, in the Linwood surgery, completing the 45-minute procedure to remove a thyroid carcinoma by the light of a torch, along with nurse Amber Walker.

Dachshund survives surger during NZ quake

Nor did she flinch when she had to blow air into a tube to keep the dog breathing until an oxygen bottle could be connected manually.

Wylie said the “fiddly” operation had been made more difficult by the big jolt, but she never thought of leaving Jonah.

“From where I was standing, I could look out the window and see the fence falling down,” she said.

However, the dog “was blissfully unaware of the earthquake”.

British Dachshund owner turns 100

British Dachshund owner turns 100, says dog help keeps her going

England’s Watford Observer reports on what will help you live to be 100 — a Dachshund and a gin and tonic. Forget about the sherry, it turns out.

British Dachshund owner turns 100
We may not be the Queen and her corgis, but Dachshund News would still like to congratulate Gladys and Wally. We hope it’s a great party with lots of gin and tonics.

Wonder how old Wally is and if he’s a candidate to challenge the wiener dog longevity record?

Dachshund learned sign language in slammer

Sprung from prison, Sparky the Dachshund now makes his home at the Missouri School for the Deaf:

Although the inmates trained Sparky in a number of sign commands, the students are working on expanding his vocabulary even more.

The prison’s Puppies for Parole program takes difficult-to-adopt dogs from local animal shelters and match them with inmates, who work with the dogs until they are more adoptable. Certified dog trainers visit the 12 participating prisons in Missouri and help the inmates train the dogs.

In Sparky’s case, the inmates training him worked with deaf offenders to learn ASL signs they could teach him. Once Sparky graduated from the training program, the inmates decided the best place for him would be with a deaf person. Ultimately, Sparky came to the MSD, where he touches the lives of many students.

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The story of a crippled Dachshund

A man enjoys a beer on the porch while watching an old wiener dog, and then writes about it:

We sat in Adirondack chairs. I don’t know if they were real. The chairs probably hadn’t gotten within 2,000 miles of the Adirondacks, but as long they were smooth and leaned back, it didn’t matter. They were perfect, comfortable front-porch chairs.

Halfway through our beverages, we noticed the dachshund, its back legs useless, dragging itself down the sidewalk. He’d started at the house next to the alley. He’d been sniffing a cat under a parked car and when he couldn’t get traction on that encounter, he lit out for parts north.

A kind lady lives on the corner. She loves animals. If she had to choose between me and the crippled dachshund, the best I could hope for would be some leftover kibble, should he have had his fill.

Animals find her. Cats, dogs — I haven’t seen any wild porcupines, but, if one was having a problem, her front lawn would be a good place to rest.

I’d never seen the dachshund before. I spotted a small wagon that lay on its side. It was the sort of contraption used by animals that have lost use of their back legs.

Maybe the dachshund had had it with the wagon. With the cat. With home-court advantage and wanted to play an away game.