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Dr Oscar's Tips For Dachshund Back Health

 


Hi furriends!

I'm Dogtor Oscar! I have some advice to give my fellow Dachshunds about the best way to take care of their backs. Did you know that 1 in 4 Dachshunds will develop a back problem such as IVDD (intervertebral disc disease)? In extreme cases, IVDD can even lead to paralysis. That being said, here are my 3 top tips for staying healthy and avoiding injury.

Tip #1. Avoid Jumping On and Off Furniture

Problem: Even though it's fun, jumping on and off furniture (like couches for example) can put pressure on your back and lead to injury.

Solution: Tell your humans to invest in a Dachshund Ramp so you can get up on the couch whenever you want to chill out and watch Pupflix. Added bonus – these ramps are really fun to run up and down for extra exercise after eating too many treats over the weekend. 

This pawsome DachRamp is available HERE

Tip #2. No Climbing Up and Down Stairs

Problem: Even though stairs aren't as tall as a couch or a bed, climbing up and down stairs will also put pressure on your back.

Solution: Ask your humans to train you to avoid stairs. You’ll get lots of treats during training, so try to keep this process going for as long as possible. Pro tip: the humans can also use a baby gate to block off stairs so they can be avoided all together.

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

Problem: Since us doxies have such little bodies, we can put on weight very fast. The more we weigh, the more strain we put on our backs!

Solution: Less, “my diet starts tomorrow” and more “walkies”. Get moving, furriends!

I hope you found my advice helpful! If you have any tips that I didn't mention, tell me about them in the comments below. 

Licks and Sniffs,
Oscar

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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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