Join Date: Sep 2007
Dogs Name: Kip, Capri (RIP)
Titles: Kip Mr. Behavior; Capri Mis-Behavior, DS#15
Dogs Age: 10 years Dec. 15, 2005, 7 years Dec. 14, 2008--January 20, 2016
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Kip was put on Gabapentin for his back issues a while ago--that and the low dose steroids he takes for reasons in addition to his back seem to help a lot.
Yes, like Darkevs said, when Capri had her lengthy time of surgery and wasn’t supposed to jump much (my bed is quite high), I bought a 5” thick memory foam mattress from Walmart or somewhere, and we slept on the floor. It was actually quite comfortable. Later, as jumping wasn’t quite so much of a problem (and I needed an extra bed because my daughter was back from school), my bed’s top mattress went on the floor and I used the memory foam mattress on the box springs in the bed frame. The bed was lower that way (more like couch height) and Capri could make the step up, but both beds were still comfortable.
Now, I’m using the foam mattress for Kip. He can’t manage my (now reassembled) higher bed. I worried that he wouldn’t accept sleeping on the floor instead of my bed, because that is where he had always slept, but I have the memory foam mattress tucked part way under the foot of my bed (it is the same size as my normal bed) and he gets a nice big (queen bed width, half as long) soft bed to lie on. He seems quite happy to sleep there at night.
Steps and ramps didn’t work at all, just an extra thing to jump over on the way to the top of the bed.
Hope Baron’s neck issues are just from a temporary tweak or something and he feels better soon.
Last edited by melbrod; 09-09-2016 at 11:58 AM.