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If You Shop With Your Dog, SF SPCA Has a Tip For You

Let this little guy ride the elevator. Image via <a href="">Shutterstock</a>
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Shopping with Rover is one of the great delights in life and the Bay Area retail scene is relatively dog-friendly. But the SF Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has a tip for you: Don't let your dog stand on the escalator. No, really. Don't do it. Dog paws can get caught between moving escalator steps, and Rover might lose a toe. A toe.

The SF SPCA animal hospitals regularly treat paw injuries from shopping center escalators, and SPCA co-president Dr. Jennifer Scarlett tells ABC-7, "Most of these cases involve small dogs riding escalators at BART stations or shopping malls, but dogs of all sizes are vulnerable. These injuries are very painful and expensive to treat." So if you bring your pooch to help you shop at Macy's, Saks, Neiman's, H&M, Westfield Centre, Crate & Barrel, or any of the numerous SF stores that happily welcome your dog, hold him in your arms on the escalator. Better yet, take the elevator.
· SF SPCA Urges Pet Owners to Keep Dogs Away from Escalators [ABC 7 News]
· Leather Collars for the Modern, Local Dog [Racked]