Dr. Oscar’s Tips for Dachshund Back Health
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.
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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.
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