Discover Why A Dachshund With Back Problems Can Use Steps To Help Save Their Back

  • 26/01/2014

There is one main fear that every Dachshund owner has, that fear is a back or neck injury to their dog. Once the injury occurs, there is generally no going back, the dog will always be susceptible to these injuries. By using steps, your dog can still be on the couch, easy chair or even in the car and the danger of hurting themselves is reduced.

What happens when you have a Dachshund that has injured its' back or neck and jumping on the furniture causes them great pain?

This is exactly what happened to my dog after I left her unrestrained in the back seat of my car. She was jumping all over the car and she suffered a severe neck strain. The Vet said that she would recover, but would always have neck issues. Because of this I tried to restrict her from jumping onto the couch when I was there and also when I wasn't.

How do you stop a dog from jumping up on the furniture, especially if they have been doing it for years. A good set of steps is the answer.

Most dogs enjoy spending time on the couch with their owners, relaxing and getting affection. At my house I call it--getting love time with Daddy.

Because of their long backs and short legs, a Dachshund is extremely vulnerable to spine injury. The jolt of jumping down from a couch can cause the long spine to bend and twist which can result in a sprain or even a break.

Most Dachshunds that show symptoms of neck and back injuries can recover without surgery. The recovery will take time and your dog will be restricted from most activities, including jumping onto the furniture.

By purchasing doggie steps for your Dachshund, you can allow the pet on the furniture without fear of spine damage.

When I began searching for steps to help my Dachshund, I was amazed at how many types there were on the market. I naturally found many different sizes because of the number and size of the dogs that are in this country. I found models that ranged from 2 steps all the way up to 5 steps and some had steps that could be removed or added as needed. I even found steps that were covered with sheepskin, which made it very easy for dogs to climb the stairs.

I eventually settled on a model that had 3 steps with storage under each step. The top step of this model was about three inches below the seat of my couch. The steps were spaced close enough together so that my Dachshund, with back problems, found the steps very easy to climb.

After purchasing the steps I had to have a few training sessions with her. She soon realized that there was no pain when going up or down from the couch and after that she used them all the time.

Don't let a back or neck problem stop your Dachshund from getting on your couch or their favorite chair. Just as steps help humans in many parts of our lives, so can steps help your Dachshund. With just a little training, you can teach your dog to use steps for going up and down furniture. Steps can also be used for getting in and out of your car or any other place that a dog would normally jump to. By using steps, the possibility of your dog injuring their back or neck will be greatly reduced.

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