Give Gentle Care to Dachshund With Bad Back

Not climbing stairs is signal that dog’s disk is bulging.


Q. I am the proud owner of a wirehaired Dachshund. She is a wonderful dog and followed me around all the time until recently.
She has started to refuse to come up the front or back stairs of our house, and she will not climb the stairs to come to bed. This started last week out of the blue. She doesn’t seem to be in pain, and she is eating well. What do you think my course of action should be?

A. As you probably know, Dachshunds are famous for their back problems. Your dog is probably trying to tell you that something is going on with her back, and she has the common sense not to exacerbate the injury. Follow her lead, and don’t risk serious back injury in the form of a ruptured disc. In Dachshunds, it is not unusual for a cartilage disk between the vertebrae to bulge out, and then finally completely rupture.
She needs time for her back to heal and form some new scar tissue around any bulging discs. Carry her up the stairs and onto your bed for the next three to four weeks, and then see if she seems to be doing better.
You may also want to ask your veterinarian about prescribing some anti-inflammatory medications such as Rimadyl, Deramaxx or Metacam. These can also assist with reducing swelling and inflammation around intervertebral discs.
If your Dachshund does overdo it and ruptures a disc, she will need back surgery to fix it. This can be invasive, expensive and inconvenient, so try to avoid future surgery by helping your dog get around for a while.


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Leslie - 233329   Lakeside, AZ

6/19/2013 7:07:13 PM

Good information. thanks

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Anna Bates   Dover, AR

8/2/2010 5:23:40 PM

I have a dashshund that is 9 years old she had to have back surgery when she was 4years old it was a 10 week recovery time. We built ramps for her to get up and down, we do not let her jump. Then Sept 3, 2009 She had to have back surgery again. We do not know what the cause was of the injuried back, and we had another 12 week recovery time with my Mollie. This morning, I woke up and her front leg was dragging, I took her first thing to the vet and she has a bulging disc. So I have a 3-6 week time that she has to be comfined and doesn't even need to go up and down here ramps, I will carry her up and down off everything, but I love her so much she is worth it. Yes Surgery is very expensive and long recovery time. So do everything you can to comfine and take care of your love one.

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kay   london, FL

12/17/2008 5:43:02 AM

dont put her on the bed, she could jump off - really bad for her back. avoid jumping up or down even if your dachshund doesn't have a bad back.

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Doug   Asheville, NC

10/6/2008 6:01:31 AM

Idiotic advice - get to a vet asap and at least rule out IVDD.

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