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Is My 6-Year-Old Dachshund’s Lethargy & Crying Due to Back Pain or an Injury?


Dear VetBabble,

I have a 6-year-old Dachshund who has been acting sick, laying around, and sometimes crying out. She won’t eat or drink. Could this be her back hurting or an injury? Do Dachshunds have any common health problems related to this?

Understanding Common Dachshund Health Issues

Dear Dachshund owner,

It’s unfortunate to hear that your beloved pup is not feeling well. Dachshunds, like any breed, do have some breed-specific health concerns that could be related to your dog’s symptoms. One possible cause for your dog’s condition given their breed is spinal problems, such as intervertebral disc disease (IVDD). Before we dive into this, let’s explore other reasons that might cause these symptoms in your dog as well.

Firstly, it is important to consider if your pet is experiencing diarrhea, as it can be a common issue and may explain her lack of appetite and lethargy. We recommend reading our article on “Why Does My Dog Have Diarrhea?” to have a better understanding of the various reasons that might cause this concern.

Intervertebral Disc Disease in Dachshunds

As mentioned earlier, Dachshunds are prone to spinal problems, specifically intervertebral disc disease (IVDD). This condition occurs when the cushioning discs between the vertebrae of the spinal column bulge or rupture, causing pain, nerve damage, and sometimes even paralysis. Your dog’s symptoms, such as crying out, not wanting to move, and refusing to eat or drink, could indicate that she’s experiencing pain due to IVDD.

To learn more about the breed and its specific health concerns, you can read our article about “Everything You Should Know Before Adopting a Dachshund.”

Seeking Veterinary Help

It is crucial to have your dog examined by a veterinarian to pinpoint the exact cause of your pet’s distress and determine the best course of action for her treatment. Appropriate medications can only be prescribed after a proper diagnosis. Additionally, a veterinarian can assess for other potential health issues, such as hip dysplasia which is also common in Dachshunds.

Furthermore, determining whether your dog is simply tired or experiencing lethargy is essential, as it might help your veterinarian identify the underlying cause of her discomfort. For more information on how to recognize lethargy in your puppy, take a look at our article, “Is My Puppy Tired or Lethargic?

Remember, seeking professional veterinary help will be crucial in ensuring the health and wellbeing of your furry friend. We hope that your Dachshund feels better soon!

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