Intervertebral Disc Degeneration (IVDD)
Herniation of the intervertebral disc (a “slipped disc”) is a significant problem in dogs and a common cause of pain and difficulty walking. Although dogs of any breed can be affected Dachshunds are 10–12 times more likely to suffer than other breeds, indicating the disorder probably has a genetic component and mutations in specific gene(s) play a role in the development of the condition.
We are embarking on a study to investigate the genetics of IVDD in Dachshunds, with the aim of developing a genetics tool that breeders can use to reduce the prevalence of the disease.
For our study we need DNA from:
- Cases - Dachshunds, of any variety, that have been diagnosed with disc herniation by a veterinary neurologist. Please provide a copy of the MRI or other relevant reports.
- Controls - Dachshunds, of any variety, that are over the age of 10 and have NO history of back and/or neck pain.
If your Dachshund qualifies as either a case or a control please contact us to discuss donating a DNA sample to contribute to this important research study.