Most pet owners have not even heard of such a device as ramps. Most often, owners come across this kind of accessory, not of their own free will, but thanks to the recommendations of veterinarians.
Let's take a look at the benefits of ramps for animals and why they are so often recommended for use by veterinary osteopaths.
It is generally accepted that only elderly and injured animals who find it difficult to climb or descend from high obstacles need help with ascending and descending. For example, such as a tall SUV, or a favorite place on the bed next to the owner. This statement is undoubtedly indisputable if the history of the animal's life already has operations or one or several diseases of the musculoskeletal system. For example arthritis, arthrosis, various dysplasias, trauma, discopathy, and other "sores" of dogs. Veterinarians explain to owners that any excessive stress, especially jumping, can cause serious damage to the health of pets, and their consequences cannot always be corrected even by surgery.
Reducing the load on the joints and the spine is recommended not only for dogs already having health problems but also for most breeds that are characterized by diseases of the spine and joints. Dogs of giant breeds, dogs with short legs and a “long” body, dwarf dogs with fragile ligaments are recommended to use ramps to prevent possible injuries. After all, even an outwardly healthy and active animal may already have genetically inherent disorders, which will immediately manifest themselves if a traumatic force is applied to a weak point. For example, in dachshunds, dystrophic changes in the intervertebral discs begin to form from the age of four months, and there are no external manifestations that are noticeable to the eye of an ordinary veterinarian. Only serious additional research or the sensitive hands of a veterinary osteopath can suspect the onset of a serious illness.
In order to ensure the safe and unimpeded movement of their four-legged patients, veterinary osteopaths often recommend owners to acquire such a convenient device because it is the injuries invisible to the eye that can lead to various serious diseases of the musculoskeletal system in the future!
Below you can find the 10 best Dachshund ramps: