How Much Should My Dachshund Weigh?
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How Much Should My Dachshund Weigh?

A dachshund is bred and shown in two sizes, standard and miniature (mini). If you are wondering how many pounds your dachshund should weigh, here are some guidelines depending on if yours is a standard or a mini-dachshund. The healthy weight of a dachshund Dachshunds are supposed to be long and lean, not long and…

Do All Dachshund’s Have Bad Backs?
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Do All Dachshund’s Have Bad Backs?

Back problems are without a doubt the number-one health problem of the Dachshund. Unfortunately, 25% of all Dachshund’s will develop a ‘bad back’ – or back problems in their lifetime. Here’s why, and here’s what you can do:  A Dachshund that gets back problems does not get a bad back because of their long body….

How To Know If Your Dachshund Is Too Fat
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How To Know If Your Dachshund Is Too Fat

A healthy Dachshund is long and lean. That’s the way they’re supposed to be. Unfortunately too many a Dachshund is long and fat. It’s hard on their backs, their joints, and their heart. Here’s how to tell if your Dachshund is too fat:  First of all, most of you just ‘know’ if your Dachshund is…

Why Do Dachshunds Have Bad Backs?
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Why Do Dachshunds Have Bad Backs?

Does the Dachshund ‘long back’ cause their back problems? Actually, not really. The source of the problem is the gene that causes the Dachshunds short legs, a type of dwarfism. In addition to causing short legs, the gene causes the gel in the disks of the spine’s vertebrae to become calcified and hard, so it…

DRNA, Dachshund Rescue
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DRNA, Dachshund Rescue

Are you thinking about getting a Dachshund? Why not rescue a Dachshund who’s only crime was not coming from a loving home? There are many reputable independent rescuers throughout the country. I fact, many of these experienced, independent rescue people, got together to form a network throughout the United States and Canada called the DRNA…

Education Can Help Prevent Animal Cruelty
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Education Can Help Prevent Animal Cruelty

April is Prevent Animal Cruelty Month. What can you do to help? Educate. Teach Your Children One of the most powerful tools we have in preventing animal abuse is education. The education of other adults, but most importantly the education of children. Nurturing kindness and compassion toward animals is a great way start. If you…

Animal Abuse – Learn, Report and Fight
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Animal Abuse – Learn, Report and Fight

April is Prevent Animal Cruelty Month. What can you do to help? Animal abuse, neglect and mistreatment is just not necessary. Did you know that many people are unaware that abuse and neglect happens? Many people turn a blind eye and just ignore it thinking there is nothing they can do to help. Well there…

Volunteer and Donate to Help Animals
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Volunteer and Donate to Help Animals

April is Prevent Animal Cruelty Month. What can you do to help? Volunteer and Donate! If everyone donated a little, be it a little time or a little money, think of the impact we could make. Donate to a humane society or animal rescue group or shelter. They do need financial support to provide medical…

April is Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month
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April is Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month

In case you didn’t know, April is Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month. What can you do? How can you help? I think many people if they read these two questions would automatically think, ‘Oh, I don’t have any time to volunteer’, or ‘I’m not one of those crazy activists’. Well, you know what? You don’t…

Dachshunds and Back Problems
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Dachshunds and Back Problems

As I discussed in an earlier post, “Why Do Some Dachshunds Have Back Problems“, the main problem that Dachshund’s have with their back and spine is a disk disease called IVDD or intervertebral disk disease. You may never be able to prevent your Dachshund from developing IVDD, but there are things you can do to…