Dachshund Back Problems

Updated on February 23, 2016
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I love my beautiful Dachshund, Nellie. I made a big mistake and hurt her back. I now take great care in all I do to avoid another mistake.

Dachshund Back Problems Are A Fact Of Life, But You Can Prevent Many Of Them

Of all the health problems Dachshunds can have, back problems are at the top of the list.

There is nothing sadder than seeing a dog that can't move it's back legs, can't control it's bladder and can't run or play, all because of back problems.

Many of these dachshund back problems can be avoided if the Dachshund owner takes precautions. The owner must always be aware of the back issues their dog might develop if not properly cared for.

My beautiful Long Haired Dachshund, Nellie, in the picture, developed a severe back injury when I allowed her to be free in the back seat of my car. Big mistake on my part, one that I have always regreted

Photo by Bob Schroeder

Nellie Dachshund
Nellie Dachshund

Is Your Dachshund Out Of Control?

Maybe A Little Or A Lot

My little girl, Nellie is about mid range as far as stubborn is concerned so it took a while to train her. Eventually she was trainable but it took a lot of hard work.

A dog that is completely untrained or out of control can hurt themselves very quickly.

If you have a disobedient or aggressive dog that causes you stress or embarrassment then maybe it is time to start a training program. None of us should have to put up with aggression, biting, digging, barking, chewing, jumping, house training, whining, bolting out the front door, separation anxiety, pulling on the leash, or a whole host of other things that can drive you crazy.

Photo by Bob Schroeder

My Dachshund Loves To Be On The Couch

How Do I Stop Her From Jumping

How Can She Safely Get On The Couch

Don't Let Her Jump


Can You Stop Your Dachshund From Jumping Onto Furniture

Yes You Can--Use Steps

After Nellie got better and was able to be let out into the house again, she wanted back on the furniture.

We knew that the jumping up and down would be the worst thing that she could do. Each night as I watched TV Nellie would lay beside me on the couch. I would pick her up and put her beside me.

The problem developed that I would find her on the couch by herself, and no body had helped her up, she was jumping again.

Our friend suggested that we train her to use steps to get up on the couch. We bought a unit that had 3 steps at the pet store and started to train her to walk up them.

Since Dachshunds are noted for their stubbornness, it took a lot of time and effort before she finally got the message.

I got some small treats and would place her at the bottom of the steps. Each step that she took would earn her a treat. Then the process was done to get her to go down the steps, treats for each step accomplished.

I once saw her jump off the couch and she cried a little because it hurt her. After about 3 weeks she began to use the steps all the time.

Now that she is using the steps all the time, we feel that the possibility of hurting her back again has been greatly reduced.

If Your Dog Doesn't Behave, They Can Hurt Themselves

Dogs can hurt themselves if the owner doesn't have them under control. If your dog does things to hurt itself, then some simple training might be the answer.

Dachshunds Have Back Problems - Pick Them Up The Right Way

Your Dachshund Can Still Go For A Walk Even If They Have Back Problems

Don't deny your dog that great walk they love.

petgear stroller
petgear stroller

Dachshunds Love To Go For Walks

Even With Back Problems They Can Go If You Use A Dog Stroller

Nellie is one of those dogs that just lives for the afternoon when she can go for her walk. When she was hurt she still wanted to go, but it was obvious that she couldn't walk for more than a few steps.

We saw many people out for walks with their young children who were in strollers.

Suddenly the light came on--why can't Nellie ride for her walk until she is able to walk again.

A lot of time was spent on the internet and in pet stores doing research on the various dog strollers that were on the market. We stopped people on the street if we saw their dog riding in a stroller to get information on their stroller.

The thing that struck us the most, was that all the dogs seemed to be enjoying their ride.

We finally bought a Pet Gear Jogger because it had good suspension and large wheels for easy turning and a cover that gave a lot of ventilation and was easy for Nellie to see out. Here we have Nellie and our other dog Daphne together, out for a walkl in the petgear doggie stroller.

picture is from me, Bob Schroeder

Dachshund Puppies Are Adorable - Especially When They Play

Dachsund pet
Dachsund pet

If Your Dachshund Hurts Their Back, There Is No Cure

But There Is A Lot You Can Do To Make Life Better

We took Nellie to the Emergency Vet as soon as we saw that she was hurt. Our fear was that she had slipped a disc or broken her back, or some other horrible thing.

After examining her, the Vet said that she had not broken anything, but she was in pain from a bad strain of her neck. He supplied us with pain pills, steroid pills for inflammation, pills to keep her calmed down and absolute instructions to keep her off the furniture.

Rather than crate her all the time, we decided to keep her in the laundry room (where her bed is) and only let her out to go "potty". After a couple of weeks, she seemed to be without pain so we began to let her out during the day when we could keep a close eye on her. As time went on, she got better and only showed signs of pain when she got overly excited.

We had dodged a bullet, but we knew that it would always be a struggle to keep her from hurting herself again.

Photo from Bob Schroeder

Is This What Your Dog Says

Please Take Me For A Walk Please Please Please

When Taking Your Dachshund For A Walk

Always Protect Their Back And Neck

We all know that the most vulnerable part of a Dachshund is its back and also its neck.

If you are using a neck type leash you are putting your dogs back at risk. Most dogs will pull on the leash when out for a walk. If there is strain on their neck, because of the leash connected to their collar, then you could easily cause damage to the neck and the back.

The more you walk your dog this way the more damage that will be done to the windpipe, vocal cords and other areas of the neck.

Try using a harness that places the strain on the chest area.

Your dog will probably pull less and you will be protecting your dogs vital neck area and reducing the possibility of injuring the back.

There are many types and sizes of harnesses available. You need to make certain that the one you select will be correct for your dogs weight and length.

Close To Death

On a recent walk I saw a man walking a small dog with a neck collar leash. The dog didn't want to go so he put his feet down, pulled backward and slipped out of his collar. Had this been on a busy road and the dog bolted, he could have easily been out into traffic and run over in a second.

Had this man been using a harness, the dog could not have gotten loose and a near death would have been avoided.

For safety's sake use a harness when walking your dog.

The Dumb Thing I Did That Caused Nellies Back Problem

Please Don't Do This To Your Dachshund

My wife and I have always loved to travel, it didn't matter if it was a day trip or long trip.

Since we have had animals all our married life, they came on the trips with us. Most of time our pets would just be placed in the back seat and there they would stay. Nellie was different than the others. She enjoyed standing up on her hind legs and looking out the window and barking at anything that moved.

Can't you see the problem developing!

On one of our day trips, Nellie decided that she wanted to be in the front seat.

She tried jumping over the front seats, then she tried pushing through the side of the seats, under the seats and even over the floor gear shift. This went on for about a half hour, her jumping and us pushing her back.

When we reached our destination, Nellie was very subdued and didn't want to get out and walk around. When we got home she was crying under her breath and began to scream when I tried to remove her from the car.

At that point it was pretty clear, she had injured herself.

And it was my fault.

Experience Of Others Is Most VAluable

We all love our Dachsunds and want them to be in the best health possible. Let others benefit from your experience.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

Questions & Answers

    If You Have Experienced Dachshund Back Problems - Please Leave Your Solutions Or Comments To Help Others

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        Jimmy V 

        6 months ago

        Love our Dachshund. Concerned about back injuries.

        Appreciate all suggestions to prevent back injuries.

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        Christa Avampato 

        2 years ago

        Thanks so much for this article. My dog, Phineas, had back surgery two years ago and then hurt his neck a few months after recovering while playing with another little dog. That second time, he had 4 weeks of rest and medication and was good as new. Somehow he has now hurt himself a third time and we're going through rest and medication again for 4 weeks. He didn't have any neurological deficits; just some pain. I've now decided that I won't even have my low couch anymore. I'm not sure if jumping up and down from it caused his latest issue since it appeared out of the blue but I don't want him to ever go through this again so away goes the furniture. I've also started him on homemade golden paste: http://petnblog.preciouspets.org/turmeric-helps-pr...

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        6 years ago

        We took our beloved Dixie to be operated on today and this evening the vat said she had a level 3 disk rupture and it may not be good and we may have to put her down, both the wife and I don't really want to do that at all, does anyone know of this problem and if the dog has to be killed due to some sort of "deep pain"? Please let me know at writer522@juno.com ASAP since in the am we will get that awful call and I am hoping for the best. My name is Leon and don't be shy about saying what to do to keep this animal alive. She is only 5 and has many good years in her. I want to see her live to 15 or 18 before she goes out naturally! The wife is in tears when she even thinks of this.

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        6 years ago

        excellent lense!

        one of my dachshunds had to have back surgery for a ruptured disk when she was 5 years old. Thankfully, with some doggie physical therapy, she was able to walk again and even run. She will never be 100% but she is 95% and I am so thankful for that! she loves to play fetch and she can still do that. she is 9 now and a happy girl.

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        6 years ago

        I have two dachshunds both who are my life. Gino, my older Dachshund, has had two back surgeries in the last year. Now he is showing signs of possibly another back problem. My wife and I are a mess and he is only 8 years old. He does no jumping, running, or anything that would put him in harms way. Now he is on crate rest (again!) and I am hoping I do not have to make a horrible decision. I have been sick over this for days now. I am told that surgery is kind of rare, and a second surgery is extremely rare. So I am wondering how I am possibly headed towards a third. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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        6 years ago

        I love dachshunds! My parents have almost always had one and many of my childhood memories include the dogs. They do have back problems sometimes but we have been lucky with Lucy so far. She's 15 and has no back problems. Thanks for an informative article and sharing you own experiences! :D

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        7 years ago

        Enjoyed the articles, especially the advice on using a harness instead of a collar. There is a support group & website online for those dachshund owners whose dog is showing signs of IVDD, it is at www.dodgerslist.com. I have several dachshunds that have had bouts with IVDD with one being a cart dog. Please do not let a vet tell you there is nothing to help your dog and it should be PTS, there are several options, please check out Dodgerslist.com!

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        7 years ago

        Enjoyed your lens. Very informative.

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        7 years ago

        Good link. We are now on our 2nd dachshund. Through our first we found an excellent veterinarian chiropractor that I recommend every dachshund owner use. Generally one visit every 3 months for maintenance works great. Here is a link of listed licensed vets. http://www.avcadoctors.com/avcadus.htm

      • Inkhand profile image


        7 years ago

        A helpful lens for all Dachshund owners.

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        7 years ago

        Great Lens!


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