The breed is known to have spinal problems, Intervertebral Disc Diseases (IVD), in part because of a very long spine and rib cage short. The risk of injury may be aggravated by obesity, jumping, management or intense exercise, which increased the pressure on the vertebrae. Approximately 20-25% of IVDD dachshunds are developed.
The treatment is a combination of containment and cassette courses of anti-inflammatory drugs and steroids (anti-inflammatory drugs like carprofen and meloxicam) or drugs for chronic pain such as tramadol. Severe cases may require surgery to remove the troublesome disk contents. A dog may need the help of a car to get around if paralysis occurs.
A new minimally invasive procedure called "percutaneous laser disk ablation" has been developed at Oklahoma State University Veterinary Hospital. Originally, the procedure has been used in clinical studies that have suffered only dachshunds accident back on. Since dachshunds are prone to support the problems, the goal is to extend this treatment to dogs in a normal population.
In addition to back problems, the breed is also prone to patellar luxation, which is where the patella can be evicted.
In some double points, there are various degrees of vision and hearing loss, including the eyes reduced or absent. Not all double points have problems with their eyes or ears, which may include hearing loss, deafness, complete, malformed ears, congenital defects of the eyes, eyes reduced or absent, partial or total blindness, or different degrees of vision and hearing problems, but problems can occur due to an increase in the genetic process, in which two genes harlequin cross, in particular in certain lineages. Gene ass, which are the dominant genes are considered "dilution" of genes, ie, whatever the color of the dog that was originally lightens or diluted, randomized, two dominant "dilution" genes may cancel each other out, or "tails", and removal of any color to produce a white recessive gene, a mutation in the white matter. When this happens genetically to the eyes and ears, this mutation can be lethal to achieve its development, causing impaired hearing or sight.
Other health problems include hereditary epilepsy Dachshund, granulomatous meningoencephalitis, dental problems, Cushing's syndrome, thyroid problems, allergies and various atopies, and eye diseases, including cataracts, glaucoma, progressive retinal atrophy, corneal ulcers, nonucerative disease cornea, sudden acquired retinal degeneration, and cherry eye. Dachshunds are also 2.5 times more likely than other breeds of dogs for the development of patent ductus arteriosus, a congenital heart defect. Dilute colored dogs (blue, Isabel, and cream) are very sensitive to color dilution alopecia, a skin disease that can lead to hair loss and extreme sensitivity to sunlight. Since the onset and severity of these problems of health is largely hereditary, breeders are working to remove these.