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 5 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 favourite TV show. Added bonus – these ramps are really fun to run up and down.
This pawsome DachRamp is from Sausage Dog Central and you can purchase it here https://www.sausagedogcentral.com.au/?ref=3 Include ‘teal4wheels’ in your order notes until the 22nd of September and $20 from each sale will go towards buying wheels for dogs who have suffered paralysis due to IVDD and other back injuries.
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 Add Rose-Hip Vital Canine ® to your meals
This is the most delicious of all of my tips. Rose-Hip Vital Canine ® is a plant based joint supplement which will help keep your back strong and healthy. It also helps with arthritis, joint issues, skin conditions and it is high in antioxidants and vitamin C to support the immune system. You can find it here http://rosehipvitalcanine.com.au
Tip #4 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.
This month I’m helping The Smoothe Store raise funds to buy wheels for dogs who have suffered with IVDD and other back injuries. For more information on this important campaign and to make a donation, you can head over to http://www.thesmoothestore.com/collections/wheelie-day-products