Reasons To Protect Your Older Dog’s Back

Lisa Ehrman

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9 Responses

  1. Alecia Gibson says:

    Great article. It is super important to protect your dog’s back – even younger dogs. My beagle, Remington, had a herniated disc when she was 5. It was the scariest thing ever. One morning, I woke up to her screaming in pain. She was shaking and hiding under my bed. I had to move the bed to get to her because she wouldn’t come out. I thought she was dying. I rushed her to the vet who said that she couldn’t feel anything wrong but she suspected it was a problem with her spine. She gave me two options – a referral to a specialist 3 hours away who would most likely recommend expensive surgery or 8 weeks of strict crate rest and pain meds. I opted for the 2nd choice. While it wasn’t very pleasant, the crate rest worked great. 3 years later and she hasn’t had any issues with her back since then. Our vet said that she’s allowed to go up the stairs and jump onto the couch but she’s not allowed to jump down or go down the stairs as it puts too much pressure on her back when she hits the ground. We put a gate at the top of the stairs and I carry her down to the backyard to go out (we have a walkout basement). We also try to lift her off the couch and set her onto the floor whenever we can. It’s a good thing that she’s a small dog. The vet also recommended a harness instead of a collar so it doesn’t pull on her neck.

  2. Jenni Lu says:

    I always worry about this as well since I have a dachshund. Unfortunately she’s been stubborn with steps or ramps so far but hopefully one day

  3. Jodi Hunter says:

    Thanks for this amazing post.

  4. Molli Taylor says:

    IT’s good to remember what could happen to a dog since they can’t tell you in words!

  5. Erica Ardali says:

    My mom has a terrier that is 10 years old so this was very informative for our little Buddy. I am definitely going to share this with her so he can be as healthy as possible.

  6. Nancy Jachcik says:

    Most interesting article. Lucky that you were so observant of your dog’s behavior and consulted with your vet. Nice to know about the ramp. I will pass this information on to my daughter whose dog is suffering from DM.

  7. Debbie P says:

    Thank you for the great info!. I myself have a bad back and I would not want my girl to suffer like me.

  8. Nova S says:

    I always worry about my pets especially as they get older. Sometimes its crazy how much they have in common with us

  9. Lauryn R says:

    These are definitely great things to consider as your pet gets older! I love that they have ramps for them, this helps so much with their limited walking ability.

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