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Old 02-03-2018, 08:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My 9 year old Basset, Hank, and I were told this week that he can no longer do stairs, jump, or be overly active for a few weeks as he is having severe back pain due to compressing spinal discs. I have spent most of the day looking at diy ramps vs pre-made ramps. Most of the ramps I have come across feature small dogs on the pictures or descriptions.
Has anyone else come across this issue? If so, what have you found that works or does not work for you and your dog?
Any suggestions, tips, tricks, or ideas would be so helpful!
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Has anyone else come across this issue? If so, what have you found that works or does not work for you and your dog?
Any suggestions, tips, tricks, or ideas would be so helpful!
Oh yes we've had this problem and used ramps, home-made or bought in, many times. We moved to a bungalow in Canada which stood rather high off the ground (in the snow belt) meaning there were steps involved. My husband made ramps for access.

Our Frankie with his hips and spinal problems, now has a ramp for the outside steps from the kitchen here. I found a short one via Ebay. I'll see if I can find a link. I have another full length one for the back of the car now although as he wasn't very happy using it, and now he's going through a 'better' patch, we don't use it very often. Both came from Ebay. When Frankie was a pup, we used one for the same outside steps but then somebody who shall be nameless, stepped on it and broke it! The one I have now isn't wood and so much stronger, even if we keep off it and take it up if we have workmen around.

This is the one we use in the car -
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dog-Pet-R...AAAOxy8HlScLK8

I can't find the same one as the one we have outside the back door - it was made by Solvit. I had to attach sticky-backed carpet squares to both as the flooring was a touch rough (it has to be somewhat rough) for Frankie's paws.

This one is made by the same maker as the short one we have (bought because the space was too small to take a full length ramp) which again may be okay. It's said it carries a lot of weight!!
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Telescopi....c100290.m3507

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"be overly active for a few week"
IMHO that is not nearly strict enough. the dog need strict crate rest for 4 weeks or more, only going out to potty etc.

Crate Rest Recovery Process
"It is imperative to keep the dog quiet 24/7 during the recovery period of 6 weeks post surgery or 8 weeks if the dog is recuperating with conservative treatment (crate rest and medical management). One benefit of surgery is physical therapy can start soon after. Conservatively treated dogs, however, follow a plan of 8 weeks of quiet and rest to allow the disc to fully heal. Dogs on conservative treatment are limited only to a few minimal footsteps at potty time. Follow your surgeon's or veterinarian's instructions. NOTE: New! In-depth DVD on disc disease includes Dr. Lawson, DVM explaining all about conservative treatment. This is a DVD every Dachshund owner should have. Order yours today and get one for your vet, too"

I can not stress this enough inadequate crate rest is going to harm over the longer term for the dog.
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Having dealt with several dogs with back issues, I am also an advocate of strict crate rest for at least six weeks. Yes, it is hard on the dog and on you, but it is the best way to avoid ongoing permanent issues.
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as for ramps it depends on the situation and location. I like the premade retractable/sliding ramps general out of plastics for getting in and out of card.

for going outside from the house depends on the number of stairs etc. Modt premade ramps are two short which makes the grate too steep and not help for the dog to make your own. 3/4 inch plywood 2' x however long can be seamed A couple of 2" x 4" by length of ramp you want full length on these. If outdoors make sure wood is pressure treated . AN outdoor decking screws to put it together. You can use indoor/outdoor carpet runner, vinyl or plastic runner/ textured paint or make you own textured paint by adding sand to provide a bit more traction, IMHO textured paint has more traction than the other surfaces. Could also use spray on truck bed liner or rubber skins they use on agility equipment.


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I used to have this ramp. https://www.chewy.com/solvit-deluxe-...-ramp/dp/53678 Very sturdy and worked fine for us until someone pulled into the parking spot next to me while I had it set up and ran it over.
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I just purchased this set of steps from Amazon for my 70 pound Basset Hound. It's expensive, but it works beautifully to get him in and out of our hatchback. I plan to use it for doggie bathing as well. Pet Loader Light 16" Platform, Plastic: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Our Bassets have had & have ramps everywhere, even when we lived in a Bungalow, OH made them for doors into the garden & they used them like trampolines running in & out. They have rarely been allowed to do the stairs & always with someone & yes we've also had back problems, short term paralysis, & two ruptured discs. Initially years ago did crate a pup with problems but was advised not to by our ortho specialist, but I do contain in a small area, even built a pen for outside, but I don't contain in a crate. Perhaps I've also been lucky that our hounds have been responsive in that they would stay in their baskets. It's personal choice, but once a Basset has back concerns however long you rest & a lot longer than you've mentioned, I'd always adapt the house to ensure they don't do stairs, jump on & off furniture or in & out of cars. It's just not worth it.
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