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There are many good reasons for why you might be looking at getting a dog ramp. They’re most commonly known to help older and smaller dogs to be independent, but dog ramps can also help to prevent injury for all types of dogs when they are used to get in and out of cars.
In this article, we’ll look at everything there is to know about dog ramps – from dog ramps for cars, to dog ramps for beds, and how you can best get your dog used to using a dog ramp.
It depends on your personal circumstances which dog ramp will work best for you. If you keep reading this article, you’ll learn more about how you can best assess the type of dog ramp you need based on your dog’s health, size, and other important factors.
That said, below we highlighted some of the best-reviewed dog ramps that ship from within Australia and won’t cost you hundreds of dollars in shipping fees.
Telescoping ramps like this one are easy to use and durable. At the time of writing, you could get this dog ramp for $355 including free delivery. Ships from within Australia, so shipping times are reasonable too!
If you’re looking for an in-house solution, you might like these pet stairs. They ship from within Australia and have been advertised for $60 including free shipping at the time of writing this article.
This dog ramp sells for just over $100 including free shipping from within Australia. It has a patented tri-fold design and raised edges that help prevent dogs from slipping off the side.
Perhaps you’re wondering at what age your dog will need a dog ramp, but more often than not, getting a dog ramp is not a question of age. They can be helpful for a variety of different breeds and sizes of dogs. The reason for that is that it’s not uncommon for dogs to have to deal with injuries and other diseases of the bones and joints long before senior age. In those cases it can help to avoid strain and stress on your dog’s body as much as possible, simply for either preventive care or to reduce the pain your dog is already suffering from.
As mentioned above, dog ramps help smaller dogs to be independent, but you can also argue the same thing for large breeds. If you have a big dog, you can consider the use of dog ramps as preventive care as throughout your dog’s lifetime there will be more strain on its bones and joints simply due to weight. The more stress and strain there is, the faster joints wear out, which can cause pain such as arthritis, which is a common reason for large dog owners to use dog ramps too, even if their dog is not a senior.
With small dog breeds, dog owners often wonder if it’s really worth it to buy a dog ramp as they can easily lift their dog up to put them in the car.
I personally believe that small dogs should live as independently as most large dog breeds. So, even small dogs should be able to get in the car by themselves, and a dog ramp can often help with that. This not only gives your dog a new experience but it can also help to increase their self-confidence.
As a side note, there’s also an advantage for us owners – we won’t have to bend down every time we take our dog on a car ride, which can be considered as taking care of the health of our own back and knees.
The use of a dog ramp enables your dog to comfortably and gently get in and out of your car by helping to overcome obstacles and height differences.
Jumping into cars places a heavy load on the hind legs of your dog and can cause pain in the knees, hips, or back. Large and heavy dogs in particular can suffer from this, which is the reason why preventive actions are often recommended for large breeds.
It’s important to understand that you dog might appear perfectly fine to jump in and out of cars for a long time, but that doesn’t mean it won’t injure your dog in the long run. At the latest, when you notice that your dog starts to hesitate before jumping, have a chat to your vet to discuss getting a dog ramp to help protect your dog from pain and additional injuries.
Since dog ramps can be a bit pricey, there are a few things you should consider before making the purchase. After all, you want to choose a suitable ramp for your car and your dog. The following factors should play a role in the selection:
The dog ramp must be able to withstand the weight of your dog, so you want to make sure that your dogs weight is within the specified load limit for the dog ramp.
The ratio of the height of your trunk to the length of the ramp should be an important consideration too. Without getting too technical – this determines the entry angle that your dog will need to overcome.
In a nutshell: the shorter the ramp, the higher the entry angle; or the longer the ramp, the lower the entry angle.
Most ramps for dogs are between 30 and 45cm wide. When buying a dog ramp, you want to make sure that the width is reasonably big so that your dog is stable while walking on the ramp.
Folding and telescopic function
Some ramps can be folded, others are telescopically pushed together. Check in advance whether there is enough storage space in your car so that you can easily transport the dog ramp when it’s not in use.
Dog ramps are most often made of plastic, aluminium and wood. Which one you prefer is up to personal choice.
Most importantly, the entry angle of the dog ramp determines if your dog can comfortably use the ramp to get in your car or not.
Therefore, make sure that the length of the car ramp is appropriate to the height of your trunk.
In general terms, the higher the loading edge of your trunk, the longer the ramp should be so that the entry angle is as low as possible.
The loading edges of small cars, compact cars and station wagons are usually low to medium-high. The loading edges of SUVs, vans, and 4WDs are usually higher, which means that a longer car ramp is typically required.
Getting a dog ramp for your bed is not much different than getting a dog ramp for your car. The dog ramp for the bed needs to be able to hold your dog, offer a good walking angle and it needs to be wide enough so that your dog can walk safely on it.
Think of it this way – Your bed has a certain hight. The shorter the ramp for the bed, the steeper the angle of the ramp. If it’s too steep your dog can’t comfortably walk on it, however, if it’s too long it might not fit into your bedroom, so it’s all about finding the right fit for your personal circumstances!
In short, a bed dog ramp should meet these characteristics:
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In theory, any dog ramp can also be suitable for the bed. It depends on how high the bed is, how much space you have in your bedroom and how heavy your dog is.
Many dog owners I know like telescopic dog ramps as they’re easy to store away when not in use, others like to set up dog stairs permanently.
If the dog ramp is too big and takes up too much space in your bedroom, so-called dog stairs can be a good alternative (provided that your dog can still walk up stairs).
The advantage of the dog stairs is that they usually take up a little less space at depth than a dog ramp. Many people also find the dog stairs prettier than the dog ramps, but that’s a matter of personal taste.
Keep in mind that you want your dog to not be stressed out or fearful of the dog ramp. Don’t lose patience if it might take you several days or even longer until your dog is comfortable using the dog ramp