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Issue #003

June, 2008

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In This Issue

  • Article on: Dachshund health risks with Chocolate
  • History Article: Dachshund with peg-leg.
  • Video: Dachshund adopts telephones.
  • Whats New at everything-about-dachshunds.com

Dachshund Health Risks With Chocolate

Dogs are very sensitive to methylxanthines, caffeine and theobromine are members of that family. Dogs cannot metabolize or excrete methylxanthines as humans can.

There are many different kinds of chocolate. They all have varying amounts of caffeine and theobromine. The weakest form is milk chocolate, and the strongest is baker's chocolate. The lethal dose of milk chocolate for a dog is two ounces per kilogram of body weighs. So, for an 11-pound Dachshund this would be about 10 ounces. The baker's chocolate is at least ten times as lethal. Most poisoning incident happens around Holidays, when there are a lot of chocolates around the house.

Symptoms of chocolate poisoning may include vomiting, hyperactivity, restlessness, hypersensitivity to touch, rapid heartbeat and breathing rate, a loss of control of leg muscles, muscle tremors, seizures, general weakness, coma and death. If any of these symptoms occur or if you know that your Dachshund has eaten chocolate take them to the Vets immediately. The vet will work to clear the chocolate from the dog's stomach, administers activated charcoal to absorb the poisons, keeps the dog's fluids under control and applies other supportive measures.

The National Animal Poison Control Center can be reached at 1-800 548-2423.

Dachshunds in History


This is handsome 3-year-old Dachshund, Struppi, who lived in Berlin, Germany in 1949. Struppi was hit by a car and lost his left front leg. Due to his injury he was fitted for and wore a wooden peg leg. When Struppi wants to go outside he will go and get his wooden leg for his owner to put on him. Mrs. Helen Kugel, Struppi's owner straps on his wooden leg. When the accident happened Mrs. Kugel refused to have the dog put to sleep. She then took him to an orthopedist that recommended and fitted the artificial limb. This just goes to show how adaptable these little Dachshunds can be.

Dachshund Adopts Telephone Video

Check out this video of a Dachshund who thinks the telephones are her babies. She had a false pregnancy so she adopted the telephones. When they ring she thinks they are crying for her. Just click on this link to view the news video.

What’s New?

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