The San Francisco SPCA has issued a warning for all dog owners: exercise caution when taking your dog with you on an escalator.
The SPCA’s two hospitals regularly receive emergency visits by dogs injured on escalators. The majority of cases are small breed dogs who are riding on escalators at BART stations (the rapid transit/commuter services in the San Francisco area) or at shopping malls.
However, any size dog can be injured on an escalator.
Injuries are usually to the paws, often requiring toes to be amputated.
Prevention is easy:
- Use stairs or elevators (lifts) as opposed to escalators
- Fit your dog with protective booties
- Carry your dog when using an escalator