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Jennifer and Kirby
I haven't posted in YEARS! But Kirby is getting old and in
Wed Sep 5, 2018 3:32pm

pain, and I need some advice and help. I peek at your pictures occasionally, to see how all the pups are doing. :)

Anyway, Kirby is 12.5 years old, doing really well, except he has arthritis in his hip now and is blind (cataracts)...he has stopped walking up stairs now. :(

A problem...because we live in a split level. We've put all of his things in the upper level, as that is how you access the back yard AND it's where we live most of the time. But...there are 8 steps down to the back yard.

They aren't slippery, in fact they are pretty beat up and have lots of traction, and two sturdy full rails to steady him. He's been blind for a long time, and used to just lean against the rails to find his way. the last two weeks, 25% of the time he needs carried up, and the other 75% of the time, he needs coached up every single step, which takes about 3 minutes, and given a big treat (in the hopes of giving him confidence.)

Anyway, any bright ideas here? I'm guessing that pretty quickly we will be looking at an "on the deck" potty, maybe puppy pads or something? Any other thoughts for how to deal with this poor puppy and his dislike/inability to do stairs without fear or pain? Anyone do a dedicated potty area like this on an uncovered deck? (Can't be inside...there is no space upstairs for a 50# dog potty, and he would hate being forced to be downstairs, where no one sleeps or eats or plays)

    • sorry to hear about KirbyVera, Fri Sep 7 1:56pm
      can you build him a ramp?
    • It sounds like it could be pain or anxiety/fear.Lori & The Two Hound Train, Thu Sep 6 8:04am
      Would you consider CBD oil? It could help in either case. I have researched a few brands and like Pet Releaf. I reached out to their customer service via email and was given recommendations for each... more
      • We are in Colorado. ;)Jennifer, Thu Sep 6 8:55am
        I actually didnít think about CBD for him, but that might be worth a shot. Itís defintrly anxiety related. And honestly, I wouldnít be surprised about some dementia...
    • So sorry to hear this but maybe a sling toPeggy(Rocky), Thu Sep 6 7:31am
      help him up .
    • Hi, Jennifer! I don't have any suggestions, but it'sMelissa, Roo, and Ellie, Wed Sep 5 11:09pm
      nice to hear from you and hear about Kirby. Aging just doctor told me the other day it's not for sissies and that goes for our pups as well. I hope Lucy's harness works out for you guys.... more
    • Hi Jennifer, good to see your name again.Soogee and Wally, Wed Sep 5 10:47pm
      I am sorry about the problems you ar4e having with Kirby. Having a dog live in to their later years is a mixed blessing. You are happy they are still with you but now they are dealing (and you as... more
      • :) He's a good old dog. Jennifer and Kirby, Wed Sep 5 10:55pm
        I enjoy the old dog, honestly, so sweet and loving...but yes, watching him in pain is hard! Thanks for the idea of how to make that work...the grate is a really good idea! We have to keep it outside... more
    • Yes to Lucy's idea!SD&B, Wed Sep 5 4:46pm
      Take a look at the various lift harnesses out there. = Until you get one, you can use a beach towel in the same way. It really does help.... more
    • Help em Up HarnessLucyR(Ozzie's Mom), Wed Sep 5 4:26pm
      I have this harness for Ozzie. I use it in places where I can't do "paws up" and hoist him up by the rear. It has handles and makes moving pup so much easier. Check it out.... more
    • Can youSD&B, Wed Sep 5 3:55pm
      Build a nice long ramp? We built one for Frosty, our puppy, to protect her hips for the first couple of months as she's growing.
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