"Many of my furry patients come in suffering from injuries due to jumping off of high beds. In most cases, these injuries could have been avoided with a quality set of pet stairs. I personally have seen the quality of Hampton Bay Pet Steps pet furniture & happily give them my full endorsement." ~Dr. Anna Bruening DVM Troy, MO
1. Cruciate Ligament Ruptures
The cruciate ligament provides stability to the knee. If your dog is holding its' leg up or toe-touching, get them checked out immediately. This injury is very painful and dogs will rarely sit long enough for the knee to heal itself. This is why veterinarian intervention is so important.
Dogs that have been treated for such injuries should avoid rapid changes of motion, such as jumping up and down from heights. Hampton Bay Pet Steps dog stairs may help ease the healing process while your furry friend is still able to snuggle in your bed on on your couch.
2. Lameness/Back Trouble
Small dogs with long backs, such as dachshunds, corgis, and basset hounds are prone to these injuries. Awkward landings from jumping off our high beds & couches may cause back issues such as slipped discs and IVDD. Symptoms can range from pain to total paralysis.
Training your dogs to use dog ramps or dog stairs is key in preventing these types of injuries.
If your dog shows any symptoms of pain or paralysis, seek medical help immediately.
3. Strains vs Sprains and What is the difference?
Strains injure tendons that link muscles and bones. This can happen if your dog stretches too far, too much, or too often. Athletic dogs get strains, but this injury can also happen when a dog slips, falls, or jumps. In dogs, stains are common in the hips and thighs.
Sprains harm the ligaments that connect bones, which causes joint damage. Sprains can happen to athletic dogs as well as to the average dog who may hurt himself taking a hard landing off the couch. The wrist and knee are common joints for dogs to sprain. One of the most serious injuries is a torn cranial cruciate ligament (CCL), which connects the bones of the knee.
If your dog starts to limp or is suddenly lame, meaning he can't use his leg and it lasts more than a day or so, it's time for a visit to the vet. If your dog seems to continually sprain or strain their legs, then you should also seek veterinarian help.
4. Early Onset Canine Arthritis
If your dog seems lazy or is reluctant to run, play, or even get out of bed especially the day after exercising, he may be suffering from arthritis. Other signs of osteoarthritis can include stiffness, irritability, diminished muscle tone, and loss of appetite. It's easy to dismiss such changes as normal, but please don't. See your veterinarian and have him checked.
Arthritis is believed to affect an estimated 20% of dogs over 1 year of age. Although it is more common in older dogs, it can appear in dogs of almost any age. Arthritis can affect any joint in the body, but common areas include the hips, knees, elbows, shoulders, neck, and back. A previous injury to any of these joints can lead to early onset of arthritis. Some inherited diseases, like canine hip dysplasia or elbow dysplasia can eventually lead to arthritis pain that is so severe that the dog has difficulty walking.
There are many treatments available for canine arthritis, hip dysplasia, and elbow dysplasia. Please see your vet if you suspect any of these issues. Sturdy dog ramps and dog steps may help prevent arthritis in your furry friends.