Our miniature long hair dachshund in early December of last year hurt her back in an unknown incident. It was a Friday night after work and all of a sudden our girl was whining and didn’t want to walk. It progressed and around midnight we knew there was a very grave problem. My husband took her to the emergency vet and I didn’t know if he would even come home with her depending on what they found. I was so heartbroken.
The vet said she probably had a ruptured disk, and that we could have a costly surgery ($4-6 thousand) that may or may not work, or we could give pain meds and hope for the best. He said she will either get better, or she won’t.
Those first few days were very disheartening. She didn’t want to eat or drink, she could only drag herself, and couldn’t stand for any period of time. We tried to express her bladder, unsuccessfully.
A few days after the injury, heavily medicated, she ever so slightly would respond when you would pinch or tickle her feet. She started wagging her tail a little too. And over the course of the next few weeks she started to be able to walk. If took a good 3 weeks before she could stand, and then she got a little better every day. By Christmas she was very wobbly but was mobile!!!
We didn’t know if she would need a back brace or what, but we knew she needed a ramp for the couch. We purchased the couch ramp in January I believe and it has been integral to her safety. She took to it right away and was happy to have her independence to be able to get up and down the ramp herself! She would wag her tail, just so happy! I am tearing up just thinking about all of it and how scary those weeks were. I am so thankful we got this ramp. Our other dogs took a while longer to get used to it, and don’t use it quite as much as Clovey-girl, but they do use it often! The saying that dogs take the path of least resistance is so right; they will take it if it is in front of them. Clover will generally run over to the ramp to get down unless she is in an uber hurry!
It is very grippy, they can walk slowly up and down it without slipping. It is very sturdy and it has held up very well so far. I’m happy we went with the walnut color, and we ended up buying a new sectional couch to match it lol
Sometimes it is a pain to have in the way, and it sure does hurt to smack a toe or knee on it because it doesn’t really budge! But it is worth all the money in the world to know our Clover has a way to safely get up and down the couch! Thank you so much for making a wonderful product!