Q. My dog is a chiweenie, dautson and chuihuahua and he is 8 years. All of the sudden yesterday he stopped jumping up on the bed and I had to lift him.

A. The most common reasons for being reluctant to jump up would be hip/pelvic pain or spinal disk disease, which dachshund types are very prone to developing. I recommend a full check up and maybe x-rays to diagnose fully and your vet can prescribe some pain medication and advise on specific diets and supplements which can maintain mobility. A chiropractor and physiotherapist may be able to help with discomfort and appropriate exercises also.

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A. Dogs with long spines can be subject to injuries very easily and when they stop jumping up on things that can be an indication that they may be in pain or have hurt themselves. I would schedule a vet visit to check it out. In the meantime, don;t let him jump up or down off of things and if you have a crate, I would keep him in it during the day while you are gone at work to prevent further injury.

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