All animals have their particular health issues and the Dachshund is no exception. As we’ve noted before, with its long body and short legs, the breed is prone to back problems that can become serious if not treated proactively. The official diagnosis for many Dachshunds is Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), when discs are compressed and material leaks, pressing on the spinal cord and causing an unsteady gait and even paralysis, as well as incontinence. In the worst cases, dachshunds become completely paralyzed, losing their mobility.
Of course, surgery is always an option in cases that do not respond to other treatments, but in recent years acupuncture has been used on Dachshunds, including a great deal of work in Japan, with great success. The experimentation suggests that acupuncture can be very effective on many levels. Most importantly, it seems that acupuncture may cut down on more risky, invasive procedures. There are even cases of dachshunds regaining the ability to walk through acupuncture.
Acupuncture is usually performed in a calm and soothing atmosphere, thus putting your dog at ease. As most humans who have had the treatment can tell you, discomfort is minimal, as the procedure is virtually pain-free. Unlike during surgical procedures, acupuncture can be performed on pets in the owner’s presence, which can keep your dog’s stress level very low. And, if treatment is begun as soon as a problem is recognized, acupuncture has a good success rate. Some Dachshunds who have had acupuncture have recovered completely, and most have led normal, happy lives after treatment.
We love our four-legged family, and because we do, we want the best for them. Even though many veterinarians may not know of the benefits of dachshund acupuncture yet, word is slowly spreading and the practice is becoming more acceptable. Consider mentioning acupuncture next time you pay a visit to the vet. After all, anything that could help to alleviate pain and give your dachshund a better quality of life should be considered.