Thanks to our pal 'Ali' for sending in the link and reminder about dachshunds being in "The Big Bed." Today's beds are taller than they were the last decade, when standard mattress and box springs were each about 8 inches thick. Today, thanks to the 'Princess and the Pea' phenomenon, mattresses can be 20 inches thick.
As beds are rising, so is the percentage of dogs sleeping with their humans, and we're betting that dachshunds average much higher here than the 2006 national average of 47%!
Arizona Central reports: veterinarians across the country report among house dogs a rise in such disorders as elbow and shoulder arthritis, hip dysplasia and degenerative disk disease. As the lifespan of pets rises thanks to better food and medicine, the old dog that once leapt with abandon now hesitates on the edge of bed - or jumps and hurts itself.
Read more about the trend at Arizona Central. Got those stairs or a ramp? What brand do you recommend?