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In today’s day and age, finding a house that does not have any stairs is a rather difficult task. Although most dogs are able to navigate the stairs from a pretty young age, it’s still good to be cautious. And taking the stairs can be pretty risky. Injuries sustained from a fall down the stairs can include sprains, fractures, bruises, injuries to the head, and sometimes even death.Animals would want to follow their owners from a very young age so, through determination and a willingness to master new and exciting things, they learn to successfully descend and ascend a staircase. They also tend to be naturally cautious around edges and that keeps them pretty safe. Although most dogs don’t have much of a problem taking the stairs, older dogs, basset hounds, corgis, dachshunds, puppies seem to have a difficult time around staircases. Follow these steps to keep your pooch safe from injuries sustained from a fall on the stairs.
- Supervise him.Monitor your dog use the stairs. This won’t necessarily prevent them from falling, but if you were watching you can always assess the extent of the injuries before calling the vet. Some dogs have a harder time getting up the stairs if they’re suffering from knee pain, elbow pain, shoulder pain, or back and neck problems. If you see him limping or hugging the wall in order to get up the stairway, make an appointment with our vet immediately.
- Improve his visibility.Install better lighting overhead. Better lighting can help your dog see where he’s going without any trouble and improve his natural consciousness around edges. Dark places are especially troublesome for dogs with a poor eyesight.
- Install a ramp.While they’re impractical if you have a long flight of stairs, ramps can be helpful when there are just a few steps involved like the steps between rooms or up your porch. After installing ramps, your dog may need a little training so he can successfully navigate around them in the future.
- Carry him.Some dogs are simply not able to get up the stairs. Especially smaller breeds, dogs that have recently undergone surgery or dogs with medications that have sedative effects. If it’s a safe option for both the owner and the dog, then there shouldn’t be a problem.
If you have a big dog who can’t really be carried all the time, try to avoid the stairs completely. Play with him downstairs where he’s more comfortable. Make sure that he won’t need to go up to get anything. All his favorite things and essential things should be placed downstairs for the time being that he’s not able to go up the stairs.