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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-12-2007, 01:47 PM Thread Starter
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Question Jumping and Arthritis

One of the dog owners I met on our morning walks cautioned me about letting Benji jump from heights, especially from beds, chairs and stairs. She had 2 toy poodles and she said that they both developed arthritis because they used to jump when they were young. The dogs were 8-9 years old. The dogs died recently.

Benji loves to jump on our bed when he plays "catch me" and on his RLH, he jumps from stairs, beds, sofas onto the carpeted as well as hardwood floors.

I have scanned a few sites today for canine arthritis and so far I have not found any link between jumping and developing arthritis.

Any comments, inputs please?

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If jumping on and off of things then can cause arthritis in dogs then Smarty is doomed.

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Plus think about all those dogs who do agility etc...they would all be doomed also. I would have to research that before i believed that.

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I try so hard to keep Maddie from jumping off of things, from jumping from deck to patio and back without using the stairs, etc. But unless I kept her on a leash all day long, it just isn't possible. I try to slow her down when we go out and make sure she's not excited, but the girl is just a jumper and a runner. I took her to a dog park one day, and she kept up with the Italian Greyhound in running! I just don't know how I can stop her.
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[QUOTE=MaddiesMom;34636]I try so hard to keep Maddie from jumping off of things, from jumping from deck to patio and back without using the stairs, etc. But unless I kept her on a leash all day long, it just isn't possible. I try to slow her down when we go out and make sure she's not excited, but the girl is just a jumper and a runner.


Ditto! Looks like Jeanne, it runs in the family ...

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My last dog, a cairn terrier, lived to 16 years old. As a young dog he was a jumping maniac, who would keep up with 3 active human boys. I don't think he had any significant arthritis. He could still jump up on the couch at 15 years old.

On the other hand, if a dog is "forced" to jump off things (in other words, lifted up to a height he does not jump on and then leaving him there so he finally jumps down on his own) and it causes mild injuries through his life, I do think that aarthritis could occur later in life.
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Poornima- It looks like it must run in the family. Kristin, is this Lito's fault?
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I've had the same concern, Poornima, because Biscuit likes to jump off the sofa or crate-top onto the hardwood floor. If I did that from an equivalent height, I'd have broken bones. But cannot think of a solution!



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Yes, it must be in the genes~ Havana can jump a 36 inch x-pen! Yikes!
Her momma is a jumper, but nothing to that extent! Havana also loves to jump off the top of the couch, the deck steps, our laps..everything~ she is a crazy girl....


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I am convinced it's genetic, because Bugsy is all about running jumping and then running some more. You would think it's enough for him to keep up the RLH game with Romeo and Brandy. And Romeo is all about RLH and he is tireless. But no, he has to engage every willing/able dog that he can in the same game. He is just my energizer bunny!!!

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