Health Problems in Dachshunds

  Every dog breed is prone to some specific diseases.Dachshund is generally a healthy dog breed but there are some diseases that have been seen affecting Dachshunds more than other dog breeds.An owner should be aware of these to prevent any kind of serious damage.Mostly diseases appear in small age in hounds and that is why a puppy needs more care and timely checkup.

OBESITY:
                     Dachshunds are from Hound group and need sufficient amount of exercise that is not usually provided them by their owners.They are often kept in small apartments that are not enough to fulfil their the level of activity they need.Obesity is a root of many other health problems and leads to many fatal diseases.One must be sure that he is providing his Dachshund with enough space and exercise time that he needs to prevent Obesity.

HIP DYSPLASIA:
                             This is an inherited disease most of the dog breeds suffer from.Labrador Retrievers are also prone to Hip Dysplasia.This is a hip joint disorder and mostly occur in dogs in the form of Canine Hip Dysplasia.Actually,a hip joint has two main components a ball and a socket.In this disease the ball and socket in the hip joint does not fit together as a result are no longer able to bear the pressure and cause massive friction in joints.This disease usually appears in the early age of a dog's life.It can badly affect the physical activity of your dog and would gradually make it too weak.

EPILEPSY:
                     This is a seizure disorder that appears in two forms including Idiopathic and acquired.In this disease most of the dogs show abnormal behavior like snatching or attacking.A dog may use as much force as it has to get anything.Your dog may run if set free suffering from Epilepsy.Dogs show this abnormal behavior due to the affect in electrical impulses that carries orders from the brain to be performed.

BACK PROBLEMS:
                                     Dachshunds have been seen prone to many spinal diseases.The biggest reason behind this is their odd body shape.Their small legs and long hot dog shaped body puts excessive pressure on back bone that results in problems like CIDD.Obesity can also cause back pain.Biggest symptom for any Spinal disease is difficulty in movement and decrease in activity level.

GASTRIC DILATATION VOLVULUS:
                                                                        This disease appears due to the excess of gas in stomach and can cause death in severe cases.This disease is commonly known a as bloat.When the pressure in the abdomen increase to an abnormal extent the stomach twists and a dog your dog is not able to vomit and tries to find a suitable posture to reduce the pain.The disease may also cause a specific organ death in your dog.

PROGRESSIVE RETINAL ATROPHY:
                                                                           It is an inherited disorder of the retina of the eye usually given resemblance to film used in camera.This disease does not occur at a specific age and   the dog suffering from this does not feel any pain.However the disease usually occurs in both of the eyes and gradually makes the dog completely blind.Almost all dog breeds has been seen suffering from this disease.

SYMPTOMS:
                        Considerable increase in the shine of eye.Partial vision loss.Difficulty to recognize things specially at night.

CATARACTS:
                         This is also an eye disorder.This disease appears in the lens of the eye that an eye use to focus.In this disease the eye lens loses it's transparency and makes blurred images.In worse cases the whole vision becomes unclear.This actually happens due to the disturbance in significant  amount of water and proteins that are essential for an eye lens to work.

CHEYLETIELLA DERMATITIS:

                                                         This is also a skin disorder caused by mites but a bit  more severe than the condition described above.In this disease parasitic mites in a large numbers attacks dog's skin.These eight legged mites lives in hair follicles and makes the skin dry.These mites quickly increases in number and it becomes almost impossible for a dog to resist them.Red patches and hair loss are symptoms of Demodicosis.This disorder is not contiguous and does not cause severe problems in dogs.However you should consult it with vet as it might lead to other serious skin problems.
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