I can’t believe that my 9 year old dog Maddie already has chronic arthritis in her knees and can no longer climb the stairs at night to sleep in our room. (although she gave an incredible chase to a flock of wild turkeys in Vermont last weekend – came back acting like a 2 yr. old, so excited and proud of herself!)
I’ve taken her to our vet, orthopedic specialists and natural healers for help. Many days she’s hobbling on 3 legs and it breaks my heart. I’m still searching for the right remedy, but in the meantime decided to train her to use a ramp for my CRV before her aging vision and other faculties make it harder for her to figure it out. I bought an easy to use light weight ramp that folds in half, with an anti-skid surface.
She looked at me with a “You gotta be kidding me!” expression when I first set it up. “But Mad,” I said “nine times out of ten you bang your knee on the way up, and that can’t be helping the situation.” Out came the treats, and then up went Maddie, and down went Maddie. Then Josie chimes in, “Hey, I can do that, too! Give me a treat and I’ll show you”. It was mini-agility class for them. Now they’ll go up and down it without treats, but heck – most of the time I give them one anyway.