Dogs are as much a part of the family as anyone else in the home. These loyal companions provide unconditional love and friendship. Watching them frolic and play as puppies is a delight, and as they get older, they become close companions that bring happiness for years. As they spend time running and jumping, just like humans, dogs may slow down from joint strain as they age.
THE BENEFITS OF DOG RAMPS
Dog ramps are designed for all shapes and sizes of dogs, and are beneficial for small dogs with short legs, older dogs with arthritis and back or hip issues, and dogs who have undergone surgery or are injured. Not only do ramps relieve stress on the joints of dogs and help relieve their aches and pains, but they also help the owner by raising the dog higher to be lifted. Other uses of dog ramps are for dogs getting on and off the bed or furniture; helping the dog board a car, truck or van; or used in pools or floating from the water to the side of the boat to help the dog to get in.
WHAT ARE THE BEST DOG RAMPS?
There are several types and brands of dog ramps to suit the owner’s purpose and budget. Purchasing a ramp from a reputable company will assure quality and stability. The best dog ramps are reliable, durable, dependable, and custom-fitted especially for that dog. Larger dogs need wider, sturdier ramps while short dogs use lighter, narrower ramps. Folding or telescoping ramps are convenient for transporting and easy storage.
USING DOG RAMPS VS. DOG STAIRS
There are several important things to consider when deciding whether to choose a dog ramp or dog stairs for a pet.
Dog ramps are the number one method for a pet to enter a vehicle, provide a smooth way to walk up to higher levels, are portable, and can be folded and transported in the back seat or stored in the trunk or truck bed. Ramps need to be geared toward the size and weight of the pet. Even though most ramps are lightweight, they can support an animal that weighs several hundred pounds. These are easy to assemble and will last for many years. Made of aluminum or composite materials, the surfaces are made of a grit-like material, rubber, or carpet to provide traction.
Dog stairs are suited for overweight and older dogs because they are sturdy and offer more security when walking up a ramp. Smaller pets can get off of the sofa, bed, or chair easily without stress on the joints. Dog stairs can be easily moved, have grips on the stairs, and are recommended by veterinarians. Pet stairs can be matched to home decor in a variety of styles, colors, and materials, and come in two, three, or four step models.
10 BEST SELLING DOG RAMPS
1. PET GEAR TRAVEL LITE BI-FOLD HALF RAMP FOR CATS AND DOGS
This well-made Travel Lite Bi-Fold Half Ramp by Pet Gear is a sturdy dog ramp that folds in half for easy portability, allowing a pet to enter a vehicle or get on the sofa/bed by walking up an incline, relieving joint stress. The surface is slip resistant and prevents skids when wet. Rubber grips on the bottom keep the ramp steady and secure. Storage space is minimal and has a carrying handle for easy transporting which makes it excellent ramp for cars. This rugged, 66″ ramp comes in blue or black, or the 42″ ramp come in sage green and can support a pet up to 150 pounds. These ramps can be purchased from $57 – $65.
2. MR. HERZHER’S SMART RAMP
This carefully constructed telescoping dog ramp received a 4.5 star review, and has OSHA approved Shur-Foot surface tread to keep a pet from slipping. The Rigid-Rail frame can hold a 300-pound animal. Sturdy rails help keep pets on track, and have contrasting colors. Non-slip rubber feet on the bottom keep pets steady and the ramp in place. This ramp telescopes from 41 1/2″ to 70″, and weighs 16 pounds. Safe, versatile, and easy to use, large dogs will especially confident on this ramp if they have back or joint issues because there is no jiggling or bouncing. It is recommended by vets, and has smooth edges to protect the owner’s hands as well as the finish on the vehicle. The cost is from $99 – $140.
3. SOLVIT 62332 ULTRALITE BI-FOLD PET RAMP
This simple, economical, lightweight model from the leading manufacturer in pet ramps measures 62″ and will sustain up to 200 pounds. It is the lightest full-size ramp on the market, weighing only 10 pounds. Sure footing surface will assist the pet on steep climbs to higher places. The ramp simply folds up for easy storage. A 1-year warranty is included against defects. Stands upright for storage purposes if necessary. This company has excellent customer service. Prices range from $63 – $95.
4. SOLVIT 62337 DELUXE TELESCOPING PET RAMP
This ramp received mixed reviews from customers, from excellent to poor. The ramp offered easy access to a vehicle, was lightweight, but was strong and made of a combination of aluminum and plastic. Supporting over 400 pounds, this ramp is sturdy and will not bend, extends from 39″ to 72″, is easy to transport, and weighs 13 pounds. A 1-year warranty is included. Customers complained of poor safety strap design, loose or broken plastic slide stops, and sharp aluminum edges that cut the dog’s paw, and the anti-slip tape coming off easily. Other customers reported it as the best ramp they have ever used. The cost is from $87 – $105.
5. PETSTEP FOLDING PET RAMP
The portable Petstep Folding Ramp unfolds to prop one end against the higher surface. Excellent for use with stairs, furniture, and vehicles. The walking surface is sturdy and has been rubberized to prevent slipping, and has no sandpaper or carpet to irritate the dog’s paws. Measuring 70″ long, the ramp folds in half for storage. With a 500-pound capacity, this versatile ramp can be converted into a grooming table, wheeled cart, or water ramp with additional accessories. Designed to float and to be rust -free, the unit comes already assembled. The average cost is around $99, and comes in gray or khaki.
6. MR. HERZHER’S SMART RAMP JUNIOR
The sturdy, easy to use ramp from Mr. Herzher’s is OSHA approved for safety with Shur-Foot tread material, and non-slop feet at both ends to keep the ramp stead and in place. High profile curbing helps keep the pet from slipping off of the edge. Recommended by veterinarians, this ramp has an extra-wide 20″ width and is 40″ long, and weighs only 10 pounds. Economically priced, the cost of this ramp averages around $60.
7. SOLVIT 62320 DELUXE XL TELESCOPING PET RAMP
The Deluxe XL model ramp is 3″ wider and 15″ longer than Solvit’s best selling Deluxe ramp, providing a more gentle incline. Measuring 20″ wide, it telescopes from 48″ – 87″, this ram has been rated the best in size and strength, and is the most lightweight on the market for its size. With a high traction walking surface, pets feel confident and sure-footed. A convenient carrying handle is included as is a safety latch to keep it secure. It includes a 1-year warranty. The price range is approximately $130.
8. PET GEAR SHORT BI-FOLD CARPETED PET RAMP FOR CATS AND DOGS
Measuring 42 x 16 x 4, this ramp is perfect for use in heights up to 20″. With removable carpet tread, cleaning is a snap. This easy folding ramp is easy to store in tight places, has a built in handle for ease of carrying, and includes rubber grips in the bottom. This ramp is not suitable for access to the rear of a vehicle. The cost averages $60.
9. PETSTEP FOLDING PET RAMP
Excellent for aging or injured dogs, the 70″ Petstep Folding Ramp folds in half for compact storage and is travel-friendly. With a ridged, rubberized walking surface, the non-slip tread supports dogs up to 500 pounds is easy on the paws with its advanced composite plastic construction. It is easy to assemble with no tools or hardware required, and is easy to open and close. The extra wide surface provides safety and security on this high quality, heavy duty ramp. Price range is from $99 – $130, and is available in khaki and gray.
10. PET GEAR FREE STANDING PET RAMP FOR CATS AND DOGS UP TO 200-POUND
This chocolate colored pet ramp is a free standing ramp that can be used indoors or out. Rubberized bottom grippers help keep the ramp stationary, and raised sides keep the pet from slipping off of the edges when walking up the ramp. It is easily folded, compact and simple to store. Removable carpet treads are easy to keep clean and provide steady footing. Measuring 56 x 16 x 23, this ramp will hold a pet up to 200 pounds. The cost is about $95.