Can a dog live a full life without a spleen?
Despite all of the spleens functions, dogs can live normally without their spleen. Most dogs never have a problem. There are a few infections that affect red blood cells that occur more in dogs without their spleen but the incidence is low.
What to do if your dachshund has liver problems?
It is treated with an ointment that you apply daily. Dachshunds are more likely than most breeds to have a liver disorder called portosystemic shunt (PSS). This is a hereditary condition in which the liver can’t effectively remove toxins from the bloodstream.
What should I do if my dachshund has disk problems?
Exercise your dog; it promotes strong muscles and healthy tissues. Discourage your Dachshund from jumping up on or down from furniture or other to difficult and high places (off the bed, into the car, etc.) as this causes shock on the disks.
What kind of disease does a dachshund have?
Dachshunds are predisposed to a disease called Immune-Mediated Thrombocytopenia, in which the body attacks its own platelets and clotting function is impaired. 30% of dogs with this condition die from it, many others respond to medical treatment but have recurrent bouts throughout their life.
Why do Dachshunds have low platelet count?
The reason why the antibodies bind to the platelets and cause this disease is unknown. Dogs can tolerate quite low platelet concentrations but once these drop below a critical level, they are likely to show the clinical signs of this condition.
What happens if you remove a spleen from a dog?
Unfortunately, dogs with cancerous splenic tumors do not do as well. Even if there is no obvious metastasis (spread of the tumor) to other organs at the time of surgery, cancerous splenic tumors almost always recur after the spleen is removed. The tumor can grow again in the liver or other sites in the abdomen.
What to do if a dachshund loses its sight?
Due to the disease being a gradual one, when detected early it is possible to help the dog adjust and adapt to its loss of sight. The dachshund is a small dog with short legs and as such keeping furniture and fittings low is usually a good practice.
What happens when a dachshund has a cataract?
A cataract is usually a thin and cloudy lining formed on the lens of an eye due to an imbalance in the amount of water and calcium in the eye. If your Weiner has a cataract, his eye will appear milky and initially, there will be a distortion of the light as it hits the lens. As the disease becomes progressive, most dogs eventually go blind.
What kind of back pain does a dachshund have?
Let’s pick each challenge one at a time. Intervertebral disk disease is a common condition in any “dwarf” breed of dog. However, dachshunds are much more susceptible to the disease. Namely, IVDD is a condition in the spine which results in back pain, partial loss of function in the forelimbs and hind limbs.