Q. Would it be harmful to my Dachshund's back if I put a weighted vest on him for muscle building purposes?
DR. MASSIMO ORIOLES, DVM, MRCVS
A. I would recommend NOT to use this kind of techniques to build muscles. The weight is not going to be equally distributed and you will stress his back more than it is naturally stressed. Normal exercise and an active life-habits can keep your dog physiologically fit and healthy. Underwater treadmills and swim can help but usually are recommended and used for medical reasons.