Originally Posted by Zero's Mom
I'm just wondering what you all think about doggie steps? Our bed is fairly high, but Zero can jump onto and off of it - sometimes when jumping up he struggles a bit.
I know that Chi's can have that luxating patella problem, and as of now, he doesn't have that issue. My husband and I were wondering though, if we should get a set of the step to put at the end of the bed, to prevent any problems from forming..... can they develop bad joints from jumping up and down over time? We live in a basement, so it's concrete under paper thin carpet... it's a pretty hard landing.
I would definately get some steps. We have made one in my daughter's room ourselves because you can't get them here. We are trying to make one for our bed now. A few days ago she tried to jump on my bed, which normally she could do with ease, and she did something to her leg and was limping on and off for days. She does not do it anymore, it was a pinched nerve. Still she thumps off the bed. I now try to get to her first, so when I see her getting ready, I take her off myself. She doesnt do it often, but we are making her a little step because like yours, its a hard landing.
Yes, it does create problems and worstens any existing ones. Happy stair making