Dougie, our beloved smooth-haired miniature dachshund, has a long back and short legs! It's one of the most endearing features of a dashie, but also one of the characteristics that causes health problems as they get issues with their backs.
When Dougie was nearly 5, we noticed that he had slowed down when he was moving and that he seemed to be in pain when we lifted him. We took him to The Oaks and got him checked over. After x-rays, it was discovered that he had several discs in his back that could be the cause of his pain, and the vet recommended a visit to the Small Animal Hospital in Glasgow.
At this point, I should say that we had taken out pet insurance for Dougie when he was a pup. As with humans, you never know when your beloved pet will need help.
It's just as well that we had insurance as Dougie needed x-rays, MRI scans and 2 back operations! Our insurer was great. The animal hospital claimed directly from them and we didn't have to pay out a large sum of money up front. Not all insurers are as good as this so it's always worth checking the terms and conditions before you sign up.
This story has a happy ending. Dougie is now "hale and hearty", and skipping about and enjoying life. He, and we, are very fortunate to have had a good local vet, an animal hospital nearby and an insurance company that was so easy to deal with.