Back x-ray

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Summary of ”Disc degeneration in Dachshund, a clinical, radiological follow-up study” performed by stud. med. vet. Sarah Beck at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University of Copenhagen, Denmark (May 2006).

The data derived from 62 Dachshunds, which were participating in an earlier study concerning research on genetics (Jensen 2000), which formed the basis of the breeding program that the Danish Dachshund Club has brought about. The dogs were at that time two years old and in this study there is made a comparison up to now when the dogs are 8-11 years old.

In the survey 85,5 % of the dogs had disc degeneration at the age of two years, while dogs at the age of 8-11 years had 75 % disc degenaration and 52,8 had spondylosis. A total of 275 disc degenerations were observed in the 62 Dachshunds. Most of these (72 %) were found in the thoracic spine, while 18 % were located in the lumbar region and 10 % were located in the cervical region.

Statistical linear correlation was significant between disc degeneration at two years of age and older Dachshunds.

The risk was six times higher to get disc herniation for dogs in the high-risk group (five or more calcifications at the age of two) than for dogs in the low-risk group (0-1 calcifications).

Among the dogs that had died in the meantime between the two studies there was high statistical connection found between disc herniation/back problems and the amount of disc degeneration. If the dog had more than four disc degenarations, the probability was 82 % that disc herniation was the cause of death.

Relative risk to get disc herniation is 4,4 times higher if the dog had a (1) disc degeneration in the area T10-L4.

This investigation confirms the requirement of the Danish Dachshund Club breeding program with the purpose to reduce the occurence of disc disease among Dachshunds. The study goes towards x-raying of all breeding dogs, so that a breeding index can be estimated. The background for this is that a dog with two disc degenerations at the age of two, genetically can be as good as a dog without disc degeneration, depending on the status of parents and grand parents.

Read more about the research and procedure here: Backtalk

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