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Dr Frankie's Tips For Dachshund Back Health

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You might know me as a model but that’s just something I do to pay my way through Veterinary School. Okay, not really. But I do have some advice to give my fellow Dachshunds about the best way to take care of their backs. 1 in 4 Dachshunds will develop a back problem such as IVDD (intervertebral disc disease). In extreme cases, IVDD can lead to paralysis so here are my top tips for staying healthy and avoiding injury.

Tip #1 No jumping

Although fun, jumping from heights such as couches can put pressure on your back and lead to injury. Tell your humans to invest in a ramp so you can still get up on to the couch whenever you want to watch your favorite TV show. Added bonus – these ramps are really fun to run up and down.

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Tip #2 No climbing up and down stairs


Climbing up and down stairs will also put pressure on your back. When your humans train you to avoid stairs you’ll get lots of treats so try to keep this process going for as long as possible.


When you need to get up and down the stairs make sure you get a human to chauffeur you.

Tip #3 Maintain a healthy weight


The less weight us Dachies have to carry around, the less strain we put on our backs. So less, “my diet starts tomorrow” and more “walkies”.


Running along the beach is a great way to stay in shape.

Unfortunately, you can take all of the necessary precautions and still develop a back issue so it’s very important to tell your humans to take out Pet Insurance. At any sign of pain or discomfort get to a vet as soon as possible for your best chance at a successful recovery. This PSA was proudly brought to you by Dr. Frankie.

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  2. avatar Valerie Palangas says:

    In the early days (1960) of being owned by a dachshund, my first dachshund developed the back problem at 6 years of age. ( I have found knowing a lot of dachie people that the dangerous age seems to be between 5 and 7 years of age.) I kept her in a cage for six weeks, each day giving her back legs a bicycle motion. She recovered well although there was a bit of a wobble when she walked, nothing when she ran although I did try to stop her from running. She lived til 14! Since then I have had several dachies and none of them have developed a back problem as I take care in keeping them slim and not allowing jumping (although up onto the couch is ok, just don’t let them jump down) the best advice I can give is make sure your dachie gets plenty of walking exercise as that will toughen the muscles and no jumping off the couch. Enjoy being owned by a dachshund!!!!!

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