There are 2 things you must know about dog ramps and pet stairs and they are…
I’ve piqued your curiosity haven’t I? Excellent!
As someone who lives with senior dogs and dogs so neglected they have no idea how to use stairs, I love these products and would never be without one or both. I try and take pictures as much as possible, but unfortunately have none to show you of them being used in my house.
So what are the 2 things you must know? What a difference they will make in the life of your dog (or cat), and how much easier things will be for you. How you ask? Keep reading as we talk about the benefits of stairs and ramps.
Benefits of dog stairs and ramps
- Help arthritic dogs get on and off the couch or bed, and in and out of the car
- Senior dogs who are slowing down and could use that extra bit of help
- Stops your pet from putting undue pressure on joints when jumping, reducing wear and tear and preventing injury now, to hopefully avoid problems later
- Dogs too small or too young to jump can still have access to the spots they like
- Perfect for pets recovering from an injury or surgery who have to take it easy
- You no longer have to lift your big dog in and out of the car, or on and off of the couch
- Back or joint problems may make it difficult for you to lift even a small dog, and now you won’t have to
- Makes it easier to get into a bathtub at the groomers or at home
- Even if you have nothing preventing you from picking your dog up all the time, why should you have to?
- A ramp is perfect for a dog who doesn’t know how to use stairs, or has trouble using them
My experience using a ramp for my dog
A few years ago we rescued a puppy mill dog named Saffy. She was used for breeding and kept in a chicken coop for 8 years. She had never seen stairs, and had no idea what to do with them. She would fall down them, stumble up them, then she hurt her leg.
You’re probably screaming at me wondering why I didn’t just pick her up and carry her. The horrors she endure for 8 years meant she was beyond terrified of everything, being picked up included and the last thing I wanted to do was traumatise her any more. No store bought ramp was suitable for our front entrance, so my husband built a ramp to replace the stairs.
We used a store bought folding ramp in the bedroom so she could get onto the bed. Teaching her how to use it was a whole other story, suffice it to say it involved a couple of weeks of leaving trails of food all the way to the top but I did it!
Those two ramps made an enormous difference in Saffy’s life and ours.
Features to think about when choosing
- Do you need something for indoor use, outdoors, or both?
- What will you be using it for – getting on and off the couch, in and out of the car?
- Height the stairs or ramp has to reach
- Maximum weight you need it to support
- Ease of assembly
- Can it be folded and stored
- Portability – ease of carrying and moving it
- How stable is it – something that wobbles may be difficult or unsafe for your pet to use
- Non slip surface – having your pet slip, especially if used outdoors in wet weather or with muddy paws can cause injury
- How steep the slope of the ramp is – a longer more gradual incline may be easier for your dog to navigate
- Number of steps
- Height and depth of each step
- Type of material
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Some of the popular dog stairs and ramps
- Measures 70” x 17” open, 37” folded
- Supports up to 500lbs
- Perfect for vehicles, staircases, and furniture
- Rubberized, nonslip walking surface, wet or dry
- Easily folded, carried and stored
- Low angle of ascent/descent and wide decks makes dog feel more secure
- Users have found it sturdier than a ramp and easier to use
- Dogs of 115lbs have used them with no problem
- 20”W and extends from 48”-87”L
- High traction walking surface
- Dogs up to 150lbs have used it
- Carry handle and safety latch to prevent accidental opening
- 1 year warranty against defects
- 24” x 16” x 20”
- Weighs 5lbs
- Safety side rails
- Small – medium size dogs
- No assembly required except padding you peel and stick on the steps
- Supports 200lbs
- 13” wide walking surface
- Simple folding design
- 1-year warranty against defects
- 22″L x 20″W x 16″H
- Carpet tread removes easily and is machine washable
- Rubber grippers on bottom keep step secure and in place
- Snaps together very easily
- Easy fold for compact storage
- For pets up to 200lbs
- Rubberized bottom grips for secure placement
- Raised edges help prevent slipping off the side
- Carpet tread for traction, removable for easy cleaning
- Supports weight of 200 lbs
- Each step padded for extra comfort
- Non-skid bottom helps keep steps in place
- Includes handle on the back for easy movement
- Cover is removable and machine washable
- Easily converts from steps to a ramp
- Supports pets up to 130lbs
- Covered with soft, non-slip, easy-clean carpeting
- Folds flat for storage and carry handle
2 Things You Must Know About dog ramps and pet stairs – conclusion
I’m comforted by the increasing number of ways there are to keep senior dogs living a good quality of life. Now that you have discovered the 2 things you must know about dog ramps and pet stairs, things will be a lot easier for your dogs and for you.
Pet stairs, dog ramps or both? What would be the most helpful in your home? What would you use it for? Tell us in the comments section below, believe me your experience does help others!!
I would like to invite you to join Senior Dog Care Club, a new Facebook group for senior dog parents. There you will find lots of helpful tips and advice, a place to ask questions and share experiences. I look forward to welcoming you.