For those with aged dogs suffering from arthritic, weight issues, or other restrictive ailments, it's time to start considering dog ramps or dog stairs. These incredibly useful devices help your canine companion stay safe while increasing their upward and downward mobility.
A ramp or stairs gives dogs a struggle-free way to get on and off furniture. And in and out of the car without either of you having to struggle. There are a ton of ramp and stair options available to suit any dog or situation. Below we provide all the info you'll need to start your search.
Why do I need a dog ramp or stairs for my dog?
Certain dogs are more prone to injury than others. Daily activity from jumping up on the couch to hopping down from the car can cause a multitude of injuries such as:
- Leg sprains
- Injury to foot pads
- Slipping of kneecaps
- Injuries to the spine
- Breakage of toenails
- Elbow trauma
But, as it turns out, dogs are not the only ones who benefit from dog ramps- people too! Getting a dog ramp can help the owners too, especially if they suffer from certain conditions e.g. back problems.
"Anyone with a bad back, shoulder or elbow problems, or whose hands don't grip on like they used to. A dog ramp can save you injury and pain, too! If your dog is squirmy or hates to be handled, if you have slippery and/or hard floors making landing extra dangerous -- dog ramps or stairs are a good idea for these issues as well."
Sarah Wilson, Dog Expert for Dog Beds
Dog ramps vs. dog stairs -- which is better?
While the primary goal of both dog ramps and dog stairs are the same – helping your dog get up and down – they are different in design and suitability for types of purposes. You should consider your dog before making a decision:
"Senior dogs may need ramps that don't have stairs and that instead allow them to get to their destinations at a slight angle but in a straight line. Small dogs may do better with stepping stairs, and other dogs may do fine with both."
Made to go from a low surface to a higher one (and vice versa) using a flat piece of material such as plastic, wood, or metal. These are ideal for dogs who experience trouble when using stairs or hopping up and down. Ramps work well for short-legged dogs such as Corgis, Dachshunds, and puppies.