Post # 1
I have a large breed dog (70 pounds) with potential hip dysplasia issues (breed prone to it – vet says one hip is a little more stiff than the other but nothing major to be concerned about now – the dog is 5 years old).
We just moved to a 2-story house and while the dog shows no issues going up and down the stairs, I’m wondering if I should build her a ramp of some sort and/or do any thinking ahead to minimize stress on the dog’s hips.
Any dog owners out there with stairs that have gone through this thought process? Am I overthinking things??
Post # 3
Is it possible to limit your dog to the first floor of the house? We do this bc my dog (100+ pounds) has some hip issues starting. We put him on a diet about a year ago and he lost 10 pounds, which helped a lot. We also limit his running and don’t take him on long walks anymore. 🙁 If we don’t take these precautions, he ends up limping quite badly…once to the point that he couldn’t get up to go outside to the bathroom! Just take note of what may cause her discomfort and definitely get an orthopedic doggy bed. Make adjustments as necessary. It’s hard to lift those bigger dogs to help them!
Post # 4
Oh wow I hadn’t thought of potential problems later on. My dog took to stairs so quickly I don’t know if I could limit him to the first floor.
Post # 5
I’ve lived in two-story homes my whole life and have always had dogs and, even when they got really old, none of them ever had problems with the stairs. My parents did build a ramp up to their bed when the dogs got too old to be able to safely jump up and down on their own, but a bed is a lot higher than a stair step.
Unless he is having problems getting up and down the stairs (which it sounds like he isn’t), I wouldn’t worry about it.
Post # 6
My family live in a two-storey house. Darwin (about 60-70lbs) is not allowed upstairs (unless we are giving him a bath). He’s still young at the moment but we’re letting him climb up and down on his own for now. Not sure what will happen when he is older though. He doesn’t climb upstairs often though!
Post # 7
Our 12 year old border collie suffers from this. He was diagnosed at 3 years of age. When he was young stairs were never an issue. At about 10 years it started to bother him, even just 3 small stairs to go the backyward. We built a ramp for him and is doing better. I would do anything to make him comforable now.