Will the problem recur?
If the spinal surgery has been successful then it is unusual for there to be a problem with the same disc. However there may be a problem with other remaining degenerate discs - limited follow up studies have suggested a recurrence rate of 6-13% with Dachshunds being more at risk of recurrence. If possible other “at risk” IVD are fenestrated at the original surgery to reduce the risk of recurrence.
How common is disc disease in Dachshunds?
A Finnish study (Lappalainen and others) looked at 124 randomly selected miniature dachshunds, representing 4.5% of the population and found calcified discs in 75.9% of the longhaired miniature dachshunds and in 86.7% of the wirehaired ones. The occurrence of signs associated with IVD was 16.5% in longhaired and 15.6% in wirehaired miniature dachshunds. The occurrence of signs of IVD in dogs with calcified discs was 20.0% and 17.9% in longhaired and wirehaired miniature dachshunds, respectively.
Reference: Lappalainen A, Norrgård M, Alm K, Snellman M, Laitinen O. Calcification of the intervertebral discs and curvature of the radius and ulna: a radiographic survey of Finnish miniature dachshunds Acta Vet Scand. 2001;42(2):229-36