At the beginning of November, Schatzi at Luv My Dachshunds had an IVDD flareup that required back surgury and a long crate rest recovery. Her mom posted about IVDD and dachshunds. Her recommendations to avoid an injury are restrict jumping, stairs and your dachshund's weight. It's a very informative post. The post has a good picture of their ramp. If you are a doxie go read about it.