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    DefaultAre Stairs Healthy ?

    We live in a two story house and I often wonder if the stairs are good or bad for our 11 month old lab. I would assume the stairs are good for cardio and muscle building, but will this cause problems in the future with hips, elbows, arthritis ? thanks!

    Maggie - DOB 11/28/09

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    If you did your research and bought from a line of dogs who's hips are sound, sleep well at night. Other than that, there's not much you can do.
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    I am of the opinion that like us, most dogs will end up with arthritis as they age, regardless of their orthopedic clearances. Little injuries happen and there is wear and tear of the joints even without injuries. So to answer your question, yes, there will prolly come a time where your dog will not be able to readily get up and down the stairs, just like us.



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    I can't answer your question....just wanted to say your pup is absolutely adorable!!

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    Going up to bed at night and down in the a.m. is not a problem. Constant climbing stairs should be avoided until his growth plates close at around 18 months of age.

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    I own a multiple split level home. I've had no problems here w/ stairs and joints in my 18 yrs of having labs until the dogs were very old and dying of something else. If they are slick, I'd do something about that, but carpeted, etc, no problem.

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    @Luvmydog2much - yes, I did my research and she comes from a healthy line.
    @labby - that's kinda what I was thinking, that there will come a day when she may not be able to go upstairs anymore, but wasn't sure if stairs would progress the situation.
    @hark67 - thank you!
    @Snowco Labradors - will do
    @windycanyon - thanks for the letting me know you haven't had problems, our stairs are carpet, but the landing is tile, so we put a rug there after seeing her slip a couple of times.
    @ everyone - thanks everyone for the info!

    Maggie - DOB 11/28/09

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