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How To Find the Best Dog Ramp

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Dog ramps are a cost-effective way to keep your dog safe and reduce the number of vet trips they may need due to injury.  Most importantly, it will reduce your dog's jumping to minimize canine arthritis later in life or jumping to their death.  

Below are 3 benefits of using a dog ramp for your beloved best buddy: 

  1. Small pet are too tiny to safely jump on the bed - pet ramps will eliminate that challenge
  2. Elderly or obese dogs can't jump as high as they once did so they don't need to jump when using their dog ramp
  3. Dog ramps help all dogs relieve injury to their tendons, back, and legs caused by the jumping.

So When is a Ramp the Best Choice?

If your dog can no longer climb stairs nor shows hesitancy towards using dog stairs, ramps are the best solution.  Use a dog ramp in your dog's youth can decrease the effects of arthritis when your dog grows old given that it will protect his joints. Lessening or limiting occasions when jumping is necessary is one of the best ways to prevent an early onset of arthritis.  It also helps minimize strained backs, damaged hips, and ligament tears.

A pet ramp is best to save your dog’s hips and knees. Yet, the search for the best ramp for your pet needs pre-planning and consideration to make sure that it’s tailor-fit for your dog and situation. There’s a variety of ramps for dogs that can accommodate your dog’s size and situation.  Each of these has unique attributes depending on whether they are used outside or inside your house or both.

Ramps for Small Dogs

Let’s face it it can be challenging to always pick up our favourite pups.  Portable ramps for small dogs reduce the need for constant bending.   A dog ramp like Travelling Pooch Ezy-Ramp Lite Pet Ramp will give your dog independence to go up the stairs or couch without your assistance while giving you freedom from back strain!

Dog Ramp for Stairs

Consider a ramp that offers high-profile rails and a wide walking area to keep your dog safely on the ramp.  You should also consider a ramp that is lightweight for easy transport, use, and storage like PetSafe PupSTEP XL Pet Stairs. This will ensure you that your dog has secure footing so your dog will be safe in wet or dry weather with no slipping, sliding, or bouncing.  This means your dog will feel truly confident in an outdoor/indoor dog ramp.

Ramps for Large Dogs

Telescoping dog ramps have made many large dogs happy again. It just takes a few extra seconds to extend a ramp and let your dog walk safely into your car, close the ramp, and put it back into its place in your car.  You may try PetSafe Deluxe XL Telescopic Pet Ramp and get that little bit of extra time that’s mean a lot to your dog who just wants to join you on your trip.

Dog Ramps for SUVs

Outdoor ramps are weather-proof and typically have a slip-resistant base so your dog can safely cross the ramp.   You also want to make sure the ramp has high profile rails and a sure foot tread surface to provide confident footing - wet or dry, indoors or outdoors - so your dog will be confident walking on it.

Don't wait until it's too late - proactively protects your dog’s precious joints use ramps like Solvit Ultralite Bi-fold Plastic Pet Ramp.  A key factor is to limit jumping which can be done by using dog ramps!

At the end of the day, you can narrow down your choices by noting that pet ramps take up the least amount of space when in use. Pet ramps are best suited for disabled pets or for geriatric dogs that lack strength in their rear legs and they can take up less space when not used. If you’ve got questions and needed more guidance on which pet ramp to buy feel free to contact us.


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