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01 Nov 2006

Help: Daschound troubles

We have a pure bred daschound (miniature). She is 6 years old and now seems to be having problems with her bones. She used to jump up and down the chairs, bed etc, but now she cannot, because every time she tries, she cries out in pain. Can it be her bones. We are also scared to hold and touch her because she cries no matter how gentle we are. It looks like her whole body or bones are sore, She has been to a vet, but x-rays showed she is constipated. She is on treatment but still yells out in pain and holds her tail tightly between her legs when she needs to go as though she is scared to push. Please tell us what else we can do and use. She is not herself anymore. What vitamins can we also use for her and our alsation to build their bones up. Is this condition common in older dogs. Will it go away? We are so worried. Please help. What is the right food for her to eat. She is on special daschound food at the moment. Are their vitamins for dogs and where can I get them.
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01 Jan 0001

This goes not sound good. As you may know Dachshunds are prone to intervertebral disc disease that can present in a numbe rof ways. Reluctance to being picked up is one sign. Another is an inability to climb stairs and jump up (by the way it is very bad for Dachshunds to jump up as it puts too much strain on the discs between their vertebrae). To put jumping into context - a Dachshund jumping off a chair the height of a dining room chair would be about the equivalent of us jumping off the bannister of a first floor balcony. Please hve your pet checked by a vet who deals with Dachsie back problems regularly to check his nerve function. In the meantime no jumping up and down and no chasing around the garden!
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