Known for its characteristic long and low body, a dachshund is a lively, playful and lovable dog breed that offers great companionship. The breed is prone to disc and leg injuries, therefore you should exercise caution when handling them. When the dog is playing, you need to prevent it from jumping from furniture or any elevated places. It can also become overweight, which strains the legs and back and increases its chance of getting injured, especially when it is playing.
It's important to identify leg injuries as soon as they happen because some of them can become critical if they are not treated immediately. You need to know the symptoms to look for when your pet is injured. The main sign of back leg injury in a dachshund is pain, but you should also check to see if your pet is reluctant to move around. If the dog is experiencing a lot of pain from the injury, it can appear lethargic and refuse to eat.
A dachshund can suffer from a fracture after falling or being dropped when playing. If your pet has a fracture, it will not be able to walk on its back leg. The back leg can also be very painful and your pet will resist any attempt to handle the leg. You may see some swelling on the injured part of the back leg. When you notice these signs, the first thing you should do is try to control the bleeding if there is any and then take your pet to a veterinarian for treatment.
Strains, Sprains and Bruises
A dachshund can also suffer from bruises, sprains or strains when playing. If your pet is injured during play, check for signs of lameness, bruising, tenderness when pressure is applied, pain and swelling. These kinds of injuries can also be treated like fractures if you are not sure. Keep the pet quiet and restrict its movement apart from going to the toilet. Prevent the dachshund from using the stairs and jumping when it is injured. Use a cold compress for 20 minutes at a time on the part of the leg that has a swelling.
Handling an Injured Dachshund
When carrying your pet place a towel under the injured back leg to offer support. If you cannot go to the veterinarian immediately, place a splint or bandage on the injured back leg. Some pets will resist any attempt to touch the leg because of the pain. When a dachshund has an injured back leg, its mood can also change and some of them become snappy.