Posted tagged ‘IVDD’

Bella’s Snazzy Fundraiser supports IVDD Screening – thank you!

May 11, 2019

Bella’s Snazzy Fundraiser

Following the very sad loss of Bella, the beautiful 5-year old Red Standard Dachshund belonging to Julie Austin, Chris Lamb wanted to try to raise awareness and money for future generations of the breed.


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Chris says:

“Julie has been an inspiration to many, as through social media she has shared Bella’s incredibly brave journey through two surgeries for IVDD. I make hand-crochet Dachshund jumpers and have almost 3k followers on both Facebook and Instagram and decided to offer some of my products as prizes in return for £2 per number. The many Dachshund groups on Facebook were kind enough to allow me to share, which enabled me to reach a very large number of owners. I added a link to the Dachshund Breed Council website to try and direct people there too. I have also now got a page on my own website again with links to the Breed Council and IVDD Information. I feel it’s important to stress that while it’s lovely for some people to dress up their dogs, health is paramount and thought Snazzy Sausage Dog Jumpers was a good platform”.

Thanks to Chris and everyone who supported her to raise over £1000 to support our IVDD Screening Programme.

Chris’s Snazzy Sausage website is here: and you can find her on Facebook.

You can donate to Dachshund Health UK, our registered charity, via PayPal:

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Sausage Dog Days – a new chidren’s picturebook fundraising for IVDD

June 6, 2018

Sausage dog days - bookCandy Jones has written Sausage Dog Days, an exciting and beautifully illustrated children’s picture book, to raise funds and awareness for charities supporting dachshunds who suffer from intervertebral disc disease (IVDD). You can help Candy to publish Sausage Dog Days by pledging to buy a copy of this brand new picture-book. Every penny raised, after costs, will be split between the Dachshund Breed Council and Dedicated to Dachshunds with IVDD.

Visit Candy’s Crowdfunding site and show your support. Thanks!


Candy’s story on YouTube

Would you like to own a Sausage Dog Number Plate?

February 1, 2018


Last year, Carley Denton raised money to support our IVDD Screening Programme. Now, she’s offering her personalised number plate to the highest bidder, with the money again going to support IVDD Screening.

This will be a silent auction.

Email your bid to The highest bid received by midnight (UK) on Sunday 11th February 2018 will win SS09 AGE.

Dachshund IVDD fundraising at Caldicot Castle 10/9/17

September 11, 2017

More than 200 Dachshunds and 300 of their owners descended on Caldicot Castle near Chepstow on September 10th for a day of fundraising and fun. The day was organised by Charlotte Baldwin who runs the “Dedicated to Dachshunds with IVDD” support group. Charlotte is one of the Dachshund Breed Council’s Pet Advisors and has already raised over £14000 to provide strollers, wheels and rehabilitation support for Dachshunds affected by back disease.

Despite it being a grey day with occasional downpours, everyone and their dogs participated enthusiastically in the Fun Show Classes and the walk round the castle. With raffles, competitions, cakes and doggie treats, there was plenty to keep people and dogs amused.

The event was being filmed by the BBC for the One Show and their presenter Angellica Bell co-judged the “Waggiest Tail” class with Breed Council Chairman Ian Seath. Angellica said, on her Instagram page, “Met some kind, friendly people as well as lots of adorable dogs“.

Breed Council Health Committee reps Gill Key and Aimée Thomas were also on hand to answer questions about the breed. The team answered questions about how to start showing, diet and body condition, exercise and separation anxiety as well as giving advice on breeding. Ian Seath said “Back Disease is the priority health issue we need to address in the breed and, last November, we introduced a screening programme to help with prevention. In the meantime, support like Charlotte provides is both welcome and necessary given the growing popularity of the breed. Today was a great opportunity for the Breed Council to provide practical advice to Dachshund owners.

The Breed Council has a new Health website at where there is lots of advice on caring for a Dachshund.

A BIG THANK YOU to Charlotte and her team for all their hard work.


“Little Legs” fundraising to support IVDD Screening

June 6, 2017

A message from Carley Denton and Lisa Roylance:

Little Legs IVDDLittle Legs Fundraising has been born from a passion for the health and welfare of our beloved breed.

There are some amazing initiatives ongoing for dogs who are suffering from IVDD and because this can be as many as 1 in 4, we are trying to tackle the root cause.

The hope is that we can raise £15,000 so breeders can undertake screening at a reduced cost and make informed decisions about their breeding programmes to reduce the number of IVDD cases causing devastation on a daily basis. Prevention is always better than cure and we would wholeheartedly appreciate any support.

How can you help?
Donate, even a small amount at:
Like our Facebook page to keep updated with our progress. We also have many products and raffles with all proceeds to our target.
Message us through our Facebook page if you would like to do some fundraising. We have people doing a range of activities to help us achieve our target so anyone who wishes to support is welcome to arrange something of their choosing and will be gratefully welcomed.
Fun show 060817We are also hosting a Dachshund Day in August where there will be a range of stalls, a dog show, children’s entertainment and a pet photographer to name a few! Announcements will be made on our Facebook page in June so pop over and give us a like.
Carley & Lisa

Editor’s note: Thank you, Carley and Lisa, for the £300 you raised in your first week.

More support announced for the UK Dachshund IVDD Screening Programme

May 14, 2017

logoLast year, when we launched our IVDD Screening programme, we applied to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust for a grant to support the programme over the next 3 years. We have been notified that our application has been successful and we are incredibly grateful to the KCCT for their generosity and support for our work.

At the Breed Council meeting held today (14/5/17) it was agreed that, in light of the KCCT grant and other fundraising, the Council would now be able to increase its subsidy of the Screening Programme.

The Council will now be able to offer a £100 subsidy on X-ray screening as well as paying for the scoring of the x-rays.

Depending on the level of uptake of the screening programme, we hope to be able to offer this support for at least 3 years, which should give us a strong base for reducing the risk of IVDD in the breed.

Breeders who have participated in the Screening Programme since its launch will also be able to reclaim £100 from our Health Fund. They are the true pioneers of this programme in the UK and we want to ensure their support is also recognised.

The cost of participating in the Screening Programme, if breeders use our CVS partner vets, will now be just £200. Breeders will still need to pay £300 to the CVS practice carrying out the screening but can reclaim the £100 subsidy from the Breed Council once their screening results have been confirmed.

A condition of participating in the Breed Council’s scheme is that the owner agrees that their dog’s X-ray results may be published in an online registry of screening results and they participate in a regular survey of their dog’s health.

For more information on how to have your dog screened, please visit our IVDD website.