right car for arthritic dog

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Hello all, my 10 yr old rescue dog is a mix retriever mix (large breed) and severely arthritic everywhere. She has been treated for 2 years. I have to get a new car. Which car do you recommend is best, in case she needs to be transported, pls? Thanks

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Hi Coach Scientist,

 

I agree with everything Kathryn and Lynsey have said. A good sized boot and boot sill that is easy to fit a ramp or some steps up against are good considerations. Transporting your dog in a secured crate in the car, that is big enough to take a supportive bed that they can fully stretch out on, can also reduce the amount of holding, bracing and un-balancing that occurs on a car journey.

 

Kind wishes,

Shona

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I agree, certainly using a ramp would be a great idea.

And probably a hatch back so there is plenty of room for a nice big bed!

We know now that jumping from

the back of a 4×4 puts 4 times the pressure through a joint when compared to a normal step. As concussive forces on joints is one of the risk factors for OA and for micro-traumas that lead to increased pain levels we really want to avoid this!

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Hi Coach Scientist.

 

I think it’s not about the car, but how she gets in and out of it!

Either lifting her in, or training her to use ramps/steps to the seat or the boot will avoid too much stress on her joints and will avoid injury that leads to soreness a day later. Also making sure she has a comfortable, supportive bed to travel in. Many people report their dog to be stiff a day after a long journey, possibly because the dog is having to lean and hold itself up around corners whilst sitting on a hard floor of the car boot….. A decent, supportive bed does wonders, even in the car.

 

Best wishes,

 

Lynsey.

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