What Are the Most Common Health Problems Experienced by Dachshunds?

What Are the Most Common Health Problems Experienced by Dachshunds?

The most common health problems Dachshunds face are back problems, as their unique body shape puts them at greater risk of a ruptured or leaking disk, according to Dummies.com. Additionally, Dachshunds are particularly susceptible to hypothyroidism, canine epilepsy, bloat and eye problems.

Outside of intervertebral disk disease, which affects more Dachshunds than any other type of dog, Dachshunds are at a particularly high risk for blindness due to cataracts, glaucoma and progressive retinal atrophy, as noted by DogChannel.com. The most common cause of hypothyroidism in Dachshunds is lymphocytic thyroiditis, which typically affects dogs between the ages of 1 and 3.