This week, in an attempt to get on our bed in the dark, Hailey, aged 12, missed and fell and hurt her back. She didn't reach the bed because her night vision is not what it is (she is losing sight) and her bounce isn't what it was. In the fall, she hurt her back.
Hailey has 'tweaked' her back a few times in the past year and a half. We treat her with some pain pills and rest. With the extreme cold, rest was much easier this week. It still seems a little sensitive and every few days since, she has moved in a way that makes her 'meep' (her little sound when she is in pain). Other than this, she seems fine. We will monitor her. Previous flare ups have taken a few weeks to settle.
We are trying to teach her to use a ramp to the bed, but she is terrified of it. The Man has been putting her on the bed, if she comes in when the room is dark. We will continue to try the ramp and are wondering if she would like stairs to the bed. If anyone has experience with helping dogs who are slowing down, I would love it.