Does Your Dog Need Dog Stairs?
Anyone with a dog knows that their favorite place to be is right by your side, pretty much all the time. That means accompanying you on the sofa, taking an afternoon nap by your side in bed, and especially riding along with you in the car. For young and athletic dogs, it’s no obstacle to hop onto the couch, bed, or into the car. As dogs get older, however, it’s common for them to suffer from arthritis and joint pain. For senior dogs, what were once simple tasks are no longer easy.
If you begin to notice your dog’s regularly failed attempts at getting up onto or down from furniture and you’re tired of bending down to constantly give them a lift as you move around your house, it might be time to invest in a set of dog steps. Dog stairs not only make it easier for your dog to move around the house or into the car, but they also relieve some of the stress on their joints caused by hopping on and off of furniture or in and out of the car.
What Type of Dogs Need Dog Stairs?
Dog stairs can be convenient for any type of dog, but a set of dog steps is especially important if you have a senior dog, arthritic dog, a dog recovering from injury or surgery, a small breed dog, or a puppy.
Older dogs' joints get weaker as they age just like ours and they experience plenty of wear and tear during playtime, especially during their younger years. Dog stairs provide your senior dog with a much-needed and very much appreciated boost onto their favorite furniture, into the car, or into bed for snuggles.
For dogs with arthritis, even small movements can cause pain, cause harm to joints, and tasks that were once simple ultimately become impossible as their condition worsens. While there might not be much you can do for your dog to ease their pain medically, a set of cushioned dog steps can dramatically improve their mobility and overall quality of life. It’s best to introduce dog stairs while your dog is in the early stages of arthritis so they can learn how to use it before it becomes the only way around the house.
After an injury or procedure, rest is the best medicine, but your dog will still be looking for ways up to the best views. They will need your help with many things, especially getting around. A reliable set of dog stairs can take one thing off your caretaking list and make your dog’s recovery safe and easy.
Small Breed Dogs and Puppies
Little dogs love jumping around the house. During playtime, it’s fun for both you and your dog to let them jump around. But limiting their need to jump for practical purposes could help save them from arthritic pain down the road. The jumping might be cute now, but later on, it could mean injuries and early onset canine arthritis. A set of dog stairs can help protect their joints from unnecessary stress and improve their quality of life as they age.
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