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What to Consider When Buying a Dog Ramp

What to Consider When Buying a Dog Ramp

If your dog is having trouble entering your vehicle, you may need to purchase a dog ramp. This ramp is useful for dogs that have had surgery, leg problems or if they are just getting older and do not have the mobility they once had. Before you purchase your ramp, there are a number of points you will need to keep in mind.

First, how large is your pet? Some dog ramps can only hold a certain amount of weight. If your dog is a large breed, it would be best to find a ramp that can support at least 200 pounds, with 500 pounds being preferable.

Next, you will need to consider traction on the ramp for your pet. If your dog is infirm, or has trouble walking, you will need to find a ramp that has a surface that is non-slippery. In addition, it is also good to look for a ramp that has a built-in traction pad to ensure your dog’s safety.

The next issue is the length and angle of the ramp. If you have a small dog, it can be difficult for them to traverse a ramp that is set at a high angle. If your vehicle is raised up off of the ground quite a bit, try to look for a ramp that has a better angle for your pet. You may need to put yourself into their perspective, just to make sure the angle is not too high. Try kneeling at the base of the ramp with your vehicle and checking on the height of the angle first.

Portability is an issue that is commonly overlooked. If your vehicle does not have sufficient trunk space, or a large backseat, you will need to find a ramp that folds or telescopes. This way, you will be able to transport the ramp with you should your dog need to get out of the vehicle before you return home. A ramp should not be too heavy for you to handle by yourself, especially if you need to use it quickly or in an emergency. You should be able to unfold and attach your dog ramp to your vehicle in just a few minutes or less.

Now that you are ready to shop for a dog ramp for your vehicle, you may want to consider either using this ramp for your dog’s entry into your house, or purchasing a second ramp for this use. If your dog is having trouble entering your vehicle, the steps into your house may also be too much of a challenge.

It is never easy to see our friends unable to get around like they used to, whether it is a permanent condition, or only temporary. However, there are many different kinds of dog ramps on the market, which will allow your pet to continue traveling with you and give you the peace of mind that they do not have to struggle to join you.


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