- Pets and Animals
Why Buy a Dog Ramp
Dog Ramps Are Useful for Big and Small Dogs Alike
I’ve always been aware of the existence of dog ramps, but I hadn’t owned a dog for many years so didn't have the need for a dog ramp. My parents own an adorable little Yorkshire terrier, George. A few years ago, I helped my mom search for a folding dog ramp for him, as he’s been having trouble jumping up onto their bed, which is quite high, because he has a "knee" (do dogs have knees?) injury and they were worried for his safety.
Ultimately my ultra-talented father ended up building a great dog ramp for George (see picture below) which works great! No the handy or DIY type? No need to fear - there are several great dog ramps on the market in varying price points so you can easily just buy one. There are ramps that are more geared for indoors, like the one posted below that can be used next to the bed or sofa, and there are some that are meant for using with vehicles so your fluffy buddy doesn't have to jump up into your car. If you take a look around, you'll find a dog ramp for every need - there are even dog boat ramps, dog pool ramps, and even a telescoping dog ramp!
Dog ramps are not only for little dogs who may not be able to jump very high or from very high – they're for large dogs, too. Many large dogs have problems with their hips as they age, making it painful for them to maneuver in and out of cars, or on and off the couch, bed, or other areas. Dog ramps, or dog steps, are perfect in order to enhance your dog’s mobility, making it easier for them to remain independent without the risk of injury.
Well we broke down a couple of years ago and got a dog - a cute little cockapoo named Buzz (we were visiting Disney when we first met Buzz, thus the name!) One day while playing outside he jumped up to get a toy and injured himself upon landing. He seemed to have healed ok after a couple of weeks, but we did get a couple of ramps for our home so he can go easy on his joints and not reinjure himself. The ramps come in very handy for him and for when George visits!