|09-23-2013 10:11 AM|
|Maxbaby||Thanks for your response. I don't plan to be there more than a year or 2, really depending on how things go the 1st year.|
|09-21-2013 12:31 PM|
|shepherdmom||I guess it depends on how long you are planning to live there. My dog did fine with stairs and 8...9...10 but now at 11 he is struggling a little. He does not have HD but he does have arthritis in his spine. Luckily we only have two stairs into the house but its on tile. He has slid a few times...but if we go around to the back there are no stairs into the house but there are two steps up into the living room which are carpeted that he seems to handle ok. We did have a big drop from the dog door to the ground. My husband built him a big platform so he does not have to jump but can just walk out onto the platform which makes it a just a step to the ground rather than a big jump. It seems to work well.|
|09-21-2013 09:56 AM|
Stairs for an older GSD
My GSD is 8 yrs old, and he is in great health with no signs of hip dysplasia ever. I will even try to massage or push around his hip area to see if he does anything, but it seems he just enjoys the touch.
He has been an apartment dog for pretty much his whole life. I did live in one place that had a yard for the first 2 years of his life, but other than that, it's been an apartment. Anyway, I have always made sure it was on the 1st floor, so there was no risk of injury to his hips. But now I have found a townhome that I really love, only it is on the 2nd level and has a pretty steep set of stairs to climb. (They are outside and there's no break/landing in the middle.)
So I'm wondering, would he be okay with this everyday, considering he's never had any physical problems and still acts like a puppy? Any input would be appreciated.