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Dachshund - common diseases and injuries

Discover the common and uncommon illnesses and injuries in Dachshunds. Statistics are based on Agria Sweden's damage statistics between 2016 and 2021.
Dachshund - common diseases and injuries

Common reasons for vet visits for Dachshunds

  • Stomach and intestinal symptoms
  • The locomotor apparatus
  • Damage

Vomiting and diarrhoea are common reasons for vet visits for Dachshunds, just like for many other breeds. When it comes to the musculoskeletal system, we can see that back pain and herniated discs are among the more common reasons for the vet visit. Damage, which is number three on the list, can for example be about skin damage, wounds, claw damage or snake/insect bites.

Dachshunds compared to other breeds

The Dachshund visits the vet less often than the comparison group All Breeds. On the other hand, the search is more often for symptoms of pain from the disk, vertebrae and back or symptoms from the heart, for example murmurs and heart muscle diseases. The classification All Breeds is a compilation of the collected statistics of All Breeds compared to Dachshunds.

Rare diagnoses in Dachshunds

The statistics show that visits for immunological diseases such as allergies and problems with both eyes and ears are less common for Dachshunds compared to all breeds.

Dwarf and rabbit Dachshunds

Small Dachshunds are not only smaller in size but also fewer in number. There are some differences worth highlighting between these and standard Dachshunds.

Miniature and rabbit Dachshunds visit the vet more often than the standard Dachshund for gastrointestinal and upper respiratory symptoms - they also visit the vet slightly more often than both the standard Dachshund and the comparison group All Breeds overall.

Statistics for Dachshund

The statistics are based on the standard Dachshund, which is the most common size. All hair types; long-haired, short-haired and rough-haired included. If you are interested in smaller Dachshunds, you will also find differences between the standard Dachshund and dwarf and rabbit Dachshunds above.

About Agria Breed Profiles

The number of veterinary visits for each dog breed is compared with how common the diagnosis is for the "All Breeds" group. The basis is based on the dogs that visited the vet and used their animal insurance during the period 2016-2021.

The frequency is calculated on dog-years-at-risk (YAR), which refers to the time that each dog was insured during the period 2016–2021. A dog that has been insured for a year generates 1.0 YAR, a dog insured for six months generates 0.5 YAR. Frequencies are given as the number of dogs that registered an event (veterinary care or death) per 10,000 YEARS. A dog that has more than one event within a diagnostic category is counted only once per category, but is counted separately within each new diagnostic category. Categories where fewer than 8 dogs suffered a compensable injury (veterinary care or death) are not reported. A breed can contain several coat type or size variants.

Agria Breed Profiles is based on data from Agria Djurförsäkring which reflects the health status of our Swedish dogs. The primary goal regarding Breed Profiles is to provide a basis for Swedish breed clubs in their health work within their breeds. The first profiles were submitted to the Swedish Kennel Club and the various breed clubs in 2002 and covered the years 1995–2002. Agria has since presented four updates; 1995–2006 (about 100 races), 2006–2011 (about 130 races), 2011–2016 (about 180 races) and this version 2016–2021 (about 180 races).


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